A short Easter break in Chianti

February 2, 2018  |  Chianti Holidays, Special Offers, Tuscany  |  Comments Off on A short Easter break in Chianti

Easter in Villa le Barone’s gardens Chianti Toscane

Why not take a short break to spend Easter in Chianti and discover some of the many Tuscan traditions to celebrate this important moment of the year: the special menu, the chocolate eggs, the “Colombina”, a custom that dates back to the time of the Crusades? You can enjoy all this while staying at Villa le Barone, and furthermore on Easter Monday you can stroll through the flea market taking place in Greve in Chianti.

At Easter you will savor in our restaurant the typical traditional dishes, in particular the leg of lamb, and for dessert “la Colomba”, a molded cake in the shape of a dove. In general, like the Christmas “Panettone”, the dough of the Easter dove is made of flour, eggs, sugar, yeast and butter, to which can be added candied fruit. The cake is usually sprinkled with almonds and pearl sugar. Delicious!
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Of course, on Easter day, an egg hunt in the gardens of Villa le Barone is organized for the youngest … and on each table, at breakfast, our guests find a beautiful chocolate egg that they can enjoy when they wish.

Chocolate eggs at Easter in Villa le Barone’s gardens Chianti

And there is also the famous custom of the “Colombina” which is held in many Tuscan cities: Florence of course, but also Greve in Chianti, and Panzano: a terracotta dove is set on fire, it goes down a cable, explode, and must go back all along the cable: it will bring good luck to the city! All the local population is present to witness the event!

Finally, on Easter Monday, there is a flea market on Greve in Chianti’s triangular square and, under its arches or around Verrazzano’s statue, you will be able, perhaps, to find a treasure: painting, sculpture, lace, porcelain, or other piece of art!
After a grey winter, feel the spring’s sun and discover Tuscan Easter traditions in a charm boutique hotel in Chianti!

Honeymoons in Chianti ,Tuscany

March 10, 2017  |  Chianti Holidays, Hotel, Special Offers, Tuscany  |  Comments Off on Honeymoons in Chianti ,Tuscany
A corner of Villa le Barone's gardens in Chianti

A corner of Villa le Barone’s gardens in Chianti

An honeymoon in Chianti in Tuscany, the romanticized Italy of daydreams? There are at least 10 reasons to spend a honeymoon at Villa le Barone, in this magical land where gastronomy and culture combine perfectly: Romantic atmosphere, enchanting location, beauty … without forgetting good food, good wine, cooking lessons… Wonderful memories guaranteed!

  1. A most romantic location in Chianti, Tuscany, on top of a hill surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, where serenity is queen!
  2. Beauty, elegance, charm, in an idyllic 15th century historic mansion. A luxury boutique hotel in the countryside! Not a room is similar to another!
  3. Romantic dinners on the terrace in the greenery, or on the “heart garden” with a candle on your table, an attentive service, a bottle of red Chianti wine, a large choice of delicious dishes for dinner.
  4. Sunny weather to relax by the pool (in travertine marble!) and wonderful nooks to hide away. Gardens of roses and flowers everywhere, breathtaking views!
  5. Cooking lesson for two with wonderful Villa le Barone’s chef to help prepare “post honeymoon“ life…
  6. Itineraries provided for you to discover fabulous places: Volpaia, San Gimignano, Siena, Volterra, Florence, Certaldo, Castellina, Radda… there are many left for your anniversaries!
  7. A place from which to discover Italian fashion. Trendy shoes? Elegant jacket? Smart vest? Cavalli? Versace? Prada? Gucci? … Visit Via Tornabuoni in Florence, or the surrounding fashion outlets fashion outlet…
  8. Renowned wineries around and just close to Villa le Barone with magnificent cellars, where our ladies at the Reception can organize visits and wine tastings for you.
  9. A place to make sumptuous photographs to share with your friends (try not to make them envious!)…It’s a good block of fond memories to build your married life on.
  10. And you are on safe grounds, with great comments like “wonderful Honeymoon venue, Errol and Brittany T USA calif “”Best place to spend our honeymoon. Fabulous! Until next time”, L and R D Australia, “A great end to our honeymoon, very friendly staff, gorgeous views” Christina and Nick L,UK
A junior suite at Villa le Barone in Chianti

A junior suite at Villa le Barone in Chianti

You might want to stay forever…
In conclusion, just book Villa le Barone’s honeymoon package.

Autumn break in Tuscany

September 9, 2016  |  Chianti Holidays, Hotel, Special Offers  |  Comments Off on Autumn break in Tuscany
Chianti: Villa le Barone in autumn

Chianti: Villa le Barone in autumn

Why not take an autumn break to relax after the busy days that you certainly experienced when getting back to work after the summer holidays? And where to find the sun without spending hours on airplanes? In Tuscany, and particularly in Chianti!

The long summer days seem long gone … and it is now time for an autumn break! Getting back to work after the summer holidays has certainly taking up already a lot of your energy. Why not treat yourself with a few relaxing days in Chianti, in Tuscany? Why go for distant destinations and spend lot of time in airplanes? You will find at Villa Barone a relaxing atmosphere, great hiking possibilities, and opportunities to discover hidden treasures of this beautiful region. And you will be able to visit the famous art cities such as Florence, Siena and San Gimignano without the crowds of tourists.

Autumn in Chianti , Tuscany

Autumn in Chianti , Tuscany

No more huge tourist buses! The countryside has taken its beautiful autumn colors. And, in Villa le Barone, this little corner of paradise (these are the words of our guests!), it is still often possible to have breakfast or dinner on the terrace of the restaurant, and to relax with a glass of Chianti or of Prosecco on the terrace in front of the Villa. What are you waiting for to enjoy the special offers prepared for you?

Castles, wine and wineries in Chianti

March 5, 2015  |  Chianti Holidays, Culture and Art, Special Offers  |  Comments Off on Castles, wine and wineries in Chianti

Villa le Barone built on a defense tower between Florence and Sienna

In the Middle Ages, Chianti was covered with castles and other fortified settelments. Many remain as ruins, but many are now the headquarters of famous wineries, and Villa le Barone has develped a special offer to visit them.

In the Middle Ages  most of  the ‘Chianti’ area was covered with fortified villages, castles, fortresses, watch towers (Villa le Barone is built around one of them ). These castles were built on the counties  of the many local noblemen, like the Counts Guidi, the Baroni Ricasoli and the  Marchesi Mazzei.

Some are today in ruins but  other are  well preserved, still owned by the heirs of those families and have become the center of famous wineries.

One of the best example is the Castle of  Broglio (or Brolio), which belongs to the Ricasoli family  since the beginning of the 12th century. The castle was always in the hands of Florence, at the exception of a short Sienese occupation at the end of the 15th century. The construction of  new fortifications, able to resist to fire weapons,  was added over time  and Broglio became  a « bastionated fortress ». The battlements, with a pentagonal shape, are still the same as  600 years ago, but the enclosed original medieval castle has been replaced by Baron Bettino Ricasoli with  a neogothic building  in the 19th century.  Today the inside of the castle cannot be visited, but it is  possible to complete the walk of the ramparts  from which one can enjoy the splendid sights on the Chianti region and on the Ricasoli vineyards. Wine was produced at Broglio since the 12h century and it is  Bettino Ricasoli who is at the origin of the first  rules to define a Chianti wine :  70% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo and 15% Malvasia bianca. The cellars inside the mighty walls of the fortress are used for the aging of wines.

Vineyards around Villa le Barone

But there are many other  Castles in Chianti which are  also centers of wineries : Castello di Verrazano, di Meleto, di Gabbiano, just to quote a few of them…

Villa le Barone has prepared for its guests an itinerary allowing the discovery of many wineries and castles « off the beaten track » and has  carefully  prepared a « special offer » giving the possibility to visit cellars,  to enjoy wine tastings in various Chanti castles and to savour the authentic Tuscan cuisine at Villa le Barone!

Honeymoons in Chianti,Tuscany

January 19, 2015  |  Hotel, Special Offers  |  Comments Off on Honeymoons in Chianti,Tuscany

Going on an honeymoon at Villa le Barone, Panzano in Chianti

At least 10 reasons to spend a honeymoon in Chianti at Villa le Barone: Romantic atmosphere, hush –hush location, natural luxury, beauty … without forgetting   good food, good wine, cooking lessons… Wonderful memories guaranteed!

What destination for your Honeymoon?  This is a difficult choice.  After discussions about venue and menu for the wedding reception, after those rings have been exchanged and those bells have stopped ringing, you want to just think about yourself and your partner. Why Tuscany and not Niagara Falls or the Maldives or Bali?  Just 10 easy reasons:

  1. A most romantic location in Chianti, Tuscany, on top of a hill surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, where serenity is queen!
  2. Beauty, elegance, charm, in   an idyllic 15th century historic mansion. A natural luxury hotel in the countryside!  Not a room is similar to another!
  3. Romantic dinners  on the terrace  in the greenery, or   on the “heart garden” with a candle on your table, an attentive service, a bottle of red  Chianti wine, a large choice of delicious dishes for dinner .
  4. Sunny weather to relax by the pool and wonderful nooks to hide away. Gardens of roses everywhere… (pick one without the owners catching you and offer it to her), breathtaking views!
  5. Cooking lesson for two with wonderful Villa le Barone’s chef to help prepare “post honeymoon” life…
  6. Itineraries provided for you to discover fabulous places: Volpaia, San Gimignano, Siena, Volterra, Florence, Certaldo, Castellina, Radda… there are many left for your anniversaries!
  7. A place from which to discover Italian fashion.  Trendy shoes? Elegant jacket? Smart vest? Cavalli?  Versace?  Prada?  Gucci? Visit Via Tornabuoni in Florence, or the Leccio fashion outlet…
  8. Renowned  wineries around and just close to Villa le Barone with magnificent cellars, where our ladies at the Reception can organize visits and wine tastings for you.
  9. A place to make sumptuous photographs to share with your friends (try not to make them envious!)… It’s a good block of fond memories to build your married life on.
  10. And you are on safe grounds, with great reviews like   “wonderful Honeymoon venue, Errol and Brittany T USA calif 09-2014”, “Best place to spend our honeymoon. Fabulous! Until next time, L and R  D Australia, 10-2014”,  “A great end to our honeymoon, very friendly staff, gorgeous views Christina and Nick L,UK”.  You might want to stay forever…

In conclusion, just book Villa le Barone’s honeymoon package!