Holidays in Tuscany in springtime are a unique delight, specially if you stay at boutique country hotel Villa le Barone in Chianti
Nature is awakening, landscapes are taking all shades of green, buds are bursting, fruit trees – almond, cherry, plum, quince… – are in full bloom and preparing summer and autumn’s crops. Flowers are everywhere – wisteria, daffodils, forsythia, tulips, iris, peonies…- and they wonderfully perfume the air. Birds are busy making their nests, and one can hear the cuckoo and the blackbird…
On the terrace in front of the Villa, it is already very pleasant to take a light snack in the sun or in the shade of the old chestnut trees dressed in their white flowers in pyramidal shape.
Temperatures are mild and days are long: this is the perfect time to hike or to cycle, allowing one to discover the secret aspects of Chianti and a nature in full revival. Villa le Barone offers detailed itineraries adapted to your tastes.
The months of April and May are crucial for gardeners who are busy seeding and transplanting vegetables and flowers and garden lovers can admire the many markets and exhibitions of plants and flowers that are held in all cities around Villa le Barone, Greve in Chianti, of course, on the first Sunday of May, or San Casciano, or Castellina in Chianti.
Feasts to celebrate Spring are organized in all parts of Italy and Tuscany. In particular, on April 25th in Panzano in Chianti, Greve, the feast of the “Buona Stagione” (Good season) is held, with an historical pageant involving over 100 participants in historical costumes. During the first week-end of May the “Iris “feast is held in San Polo, also on the territory of Greve , an area which becomes all violet with iris flowers!
Spring has inspired many artists: Claude Monet with its many “Springtime” paintings, Vincent Van Gogh and its “Almond trees “, Salvador Dali, to name just a few. But one of the most famous paintings in the world is Sandro Botticelli’s “Allegory of Spring” (“La Primavera”) of, exhibited in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. It is a mixture of allegorical figures referring to spring on a background of dark orange trees. The ground is strewn with flowers: 500 different species of plants and 190 species of flowers have been identified!
You will find therefore included in Villa le Barone,’s “Spring special offer” a stay that will allow you, among other things enjoy the beauty of the countryside in spring but also free pre-booked tickets in the Uffizi Museum in nearby Florence to discover this famous painting, “La Primavera” by Botticelli.