Fabulous honeymoon in Chianti

September 30, 2014  |  Hotel, Special Offers  |  Comments Off on Fabulous honeymoon in Chianti

Villa le Barone: The heart garden with view on Panzano

Where best to spend a fabulous honeymoon than in Chianti, in a charm hotel, offering a romantic atmosphere: superb views on the Chianti hills, wonderful sunsets, lovely strolls along the vineyards and olive groves,  authentic  cuisine…

You find all these ingredients at the boutique hotel Villa le Barone, a manor house of the 16th century, set on a hilltop location, in the quiet countryside with stunning views on the Chianti landscape and its rolling hills.
Whatever the season, you will be enchanted by the flowers in the garden, roses, hydrangeas, pansies and tulips in spring, dahlias in autumn. Do you enjoy sport? A tennis court and a swimming pool with unique vistas are at your disposal. There are also marvelous hiking and cycling possibilities. Do you wish to take the opportunity of your honeymoon to discover the art cities of Tuscany? Villa le Barone is ideally located between Florence, Siena and San Gimignano,..  Would you rather enjoy some days at a slow pace? You will find in Villa le Barone terraces, lounges, nooks in the various part of the large garden where you can hide away. Do you wish to discover Tuscan traditional cuisine? You can have a cooking course and you can do wine tastings…

Villa le Barone: a room

The word “Honeymoon” seems to come from an old English tradition that dates from the Middle Ages:  Mead – an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water- was drunk in great quantities at weddings and after the nuptial ceremony couples were given a month’s supply of mead—sufficient for one full cycle of the moon. But there many similar terms in other languages, such as the French “lune de miel” (moon of honey), or “ luna de miel” in Spanish. Similar words are used in many other languages, including Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic…
Come to Chianti, in Tuscany to spend a fabulous honeymoon at Villa le Barone; flowers will wait for you in your room with a bottle of Prosecco, the Italian Champagne!

You will enjoy unforgettable magic moments.

Wine Festivals in Chianti

September 10, 2014  |  Chianti Holidays, Events, Special Offers  |  Comments Off on Wine Festivals in Chianti

Greve in Chianti Wine Festival Piazza Mattteotti

The dates of the 2014 wine festivals in Chianti, close to Villa le Barone, are approaching!  September 11th to September  14th in Greve in Chianti and September 18th to September 21st  in Panzano.

The first wine festival to take place from September 11th to September 14th in Greve in Chianti is the “Chianti Classico Expo”, where nearly 100 Chianti  producers will  give visitors the opportunity to taste their wines : buy a glass, labeled with the Chianti Classico  rooster, and you can taste all the wines you want! But many other festive events are also taking place at the occasion of the festival: olive oil, salami and cheese tastings, many street concerts by the Attraroba Street band, Gli Amici di Chianti, I Blasconati,  and many others. There will be also conferences: ”Responsible drinking”,  “From wine lover to sommelier, an easy step”. The exhibition of Lorenzo Galligani, a contemporary sculptor, will be inaugurated at the San Francesco Museum…The”Chianti Classico Expo” is certainly an event that should not be missed! A lot of fun! Only 10 minutes driving from Villa le Barone to Greve and, if you wish to hike,  we also propose a scenic  walk  in the countryside of about 1hour one way to reach that small town.

Panzano in Chianti The Wine Festival Vino al Vino

The second wine festival taking place is “Vino al Vino” in Panzano in Chianti from September 18th to September 21th. It is smaller and only the vintners of Panzano meet in the village square to show their wines, often judged as the best of the region. Here too visitors have the chance to sample the different styles of wines, chat with the winemakers and listen to some great jazz! The Vino al Vino Festival is not to be missed either. It is organized by the “ Unione Viticoltori di Panzano”,  a free and independent group of 20 wineries founded by Giovanni Manetti, (Fontodi), working to promote a “Sustainable Panzano”. The main things that unify those producers are – the love for the land, Panzano, where they live, work and raise their children. -the passion for their work as vintners and winemakers, each of them making wine with their own grapes and running their winery directly taking care of all principal aspects. -the commitment for furthering the quest for quality, a quest that sometimes can become obsession. The Union is aiming at contributing to a “Sustainable Panzano” with a viticulture, that, if sustainable and organic, will allow to live and work in a cleaner environment,  and that will enable a healthier production of  wines, without chemical residues and of higher quality.. Hotel Villa le Barone, located in Panzano, also contributes to a “Sustainable Panzano” and has been designated as an “Eco-leader “ by Trip Advisor.  One can easily walk from Villa le Barone to the Vino al Vino Festival: it takes only 20 minutes!
Take a week end break and stay at Villa le Barone to enjoy the Vino al Vino festival.

Gardens in Chianti in autumn

September 4, 2014  |  Chianti Holidays, Hotel, Special Offers  |  Comments Off on Gardens in Chianti in autumn

Hotel Villa le Barone's facade in autumn

The weather is now beautiful in Chianti: autumn is around the corner, and guests can enjoy this marvelous season in Villa le Barone’s gardens until 8th November!

We are still in summer and the weather is beautiful in Chianti, but we can already feel autumn:  still warm and long days, golden sunlight, and crisp air. Autumn is a fantastic season in Chianti … and to let our guests enjoy this marvelous period, we are opened until 8th November!

In the flower garden , cosmos, nasturnium , volubilis  But above all the dahlias , white, yellow, red … and it is in this flower garden that  Amira goes to pick up the flowers that will make the magnificent bouquets in the reception , in the  restaurant , in the lounges , and in the rooms…

Dahlias to welcome guests at hotel Villa le Barone

In the orchard, the fruits are ripening : the plums , with which  Villa le Barone ‘s wonderful Tuscan cooks  have made delicious jam that our guests are starting to enjoy, the figs , that we are using to make the  pastas “tagliattelle” (also home made by  our cooks) , the apples , ant the nuts… that the squirrels have already eaten.

The first red leaves are appearing to illuminate Villa le Barone ‘s façade.

All around, the vineyards are taking autumn colors, and the grape picking season is also starting!

Autumn is magnificent in Chianti, and from hotel Villa le Barone , you can enjoy the possibility of hiking and cycling  until the 8th of November.

Welcome at Hotel Villa le Barone  with our autumn package !

Sports at Villa le Barone in Tuscany: tennis, swimming pool, fitness, hiking, cycling

June 4, 2014  |  Activities, Chianti Holidays, Special Offers  |  Comments Off on Sports at Villa le Barone in Tuscany: tennis, swimming pool, fitness, hiking, cycling

Sport in Tuscany at he hotel Villa le Barone: the tennis court

Guests can practice many sports in Chianti, spending vacations at  Villa le Barone: tennis, swimming, hiking, cycling…

And there is a fitness room, as well as a fitness trail!  And there is also a nearby golf course!

  • Tennis: Villa le Barone’s tennis court has spectacular views on the surrounding protected Chianti’s area.
  • Swimming pool: the landscape that can be seen from the pool is also magnificent. Guests enjoy the Tuscan Sun, soak in the beauty of the rose garden, daydream enjoying birds song’s and the bells of the Romanesque San Leolino church.
  • Fitness trail and fitness room on Villa le Barone’s property are there for guests to keep fit while enjoying the breathtaking panoramas.
  • Hiking: the itineraries that have been prepared for guests through the vineyards, olive groves and forests allow a wonderful  discovery of Chianti ‘s landscapes.
  • Cycling: Chianti ‘s well preserved villages are rich in cultural, artistic and culinary traditions around Villa le Barone and can be discovered thanks to the cycling and biking itineraries specially prepared for Villa le Barone’s guests. On 5 October, cycling lovers can take part -as a participant or a spectator-  in “The Eroica”, the cycling race on Chianti’s dust roads!
  • Golf: an18 holes golf is available 15 km away from Villa la Barone in Impruneta. Il Golf dell’Ugolino is a beautifully kept golf and we have special rates on green fees.

Sports in Tuscany at the hotel Villa le Barone: the swimming pool

Enjoy sports and keep fit spending vacations or a short break at the charming hotel Villa le Barone in Chianti: the tennis court, the swimming pool, the fitness trail and the fitness room are waiting for you… and if you book 40 days in advance you can enjoy a 10% discount! (See our special offer).

The “Eroica“ and Bike tours in Chianti

May 30, 2014  |  Activities, Events, Special Offers  |  Comments Off on The “Eroica“ and Bike tours in Chianti

Paola, Bar Ucci, Volpaia in Chianti, on the "Eroica" Road, near Villa le Barone

There are wonderful opportunities in the Chianti area around Villa le Barone for walking and cycling.  Coming for the weekend on the occasion of the ” Eroica ” (Heroic) race to be held on October 5th  will give the opportunity to see both the Eroica (and why not participate in this legendary race ?)  and admire  Chianti in Autumn.

The “Eroica ” (the “Heroic”” ) is a race on the gravel roads of Chianti, organized since 1997. As the organizers say, it is a “poem written with a bicycle» through vineyards, forests of oak and chestnut trees, through medieval villages and through the stunning scenery of the Tuscan hills. The bicycles of participants (5000 are expected this year) are of course “vintage” cycles,  dating from the heroic times of the early races in the fifties and the sixties .

A cyclist at Villa le Barone, Panzano in Chianti

The race is organized to suit all levels of riders’ capabilities with routes of varying lengths. The shortest route is 38 kms, with an elevation of 700m, just enough to taste the atmosphere of the “Eroica “. The second route is 75 kms, through the Chianti Classico region with an elevation of 1900m and allows participants to penetrate into the history of this fantastic race. With the other two routes 135 and 209 kms (with an elevation of 3700m and more), emotions and sensations are guaranteed!

The 75 kms itinerary passes through Volpaia,  close to Villa le Barone and includes a stop at the ” Ristoro di Panzano “, with Chianti wine,  figs,  salamis … and cheerfulness!
The “Eroica ” was born from the love of authentic cycling, with vintage bicycles and also from the love of the natural and architectural heritage of Chianti. To participate in the race means rediscovering the meaning of effort and the beauty of fatigue.
And even without participating in the race, guests of our charming hotel Villa le Barone will be able to discover the passion for cycling that drives so many Italians but also to admire the first colors of autumn and the beauty of Chianti (Our Special offer).