Your Holidays in Tuscany 2017

It is Springtime in Tuscany!

Laura Alessandra and Daniela
are ready to welcome you with pleasure for your regenerating holidays
at Ancora del Chianti EcoBB & Art Retreat in Tuscany

Welcome to Ancora del Chianti Bed and Breakfast for your holidays in Tuscany countryside

Welcome to Ancora del Chianti Bed and Breakfast for your holidays in Tuscany countryside

Buongiorno,
we have a secret to tell you:
it is spring time in Tuscany!
A new start, a brand new,
with new cakes and not just a few.
Rooms are shining and flowers are in bloom,

Ancora is ready to welcome you!

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The Beauty of Tuscany is waiting for you in 2017!

Come for a visit to Ancora del Chianti BB and you will indulge yourself with our buffet breakfast in the morning served on the shaded patio in front of the garden full of flowers: we have new recipes for our healthy home baked cakes for you to taste!

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In addition you will enjoy regenerating moments with our new panoramic areas: perfect for sipping a good coffee in the morning with the bird singing and admiring the view, in the afternoon enjoy your favourite reading or painting in the shade, at sunset opt for a romantic moment with golden colours and a glass of wine.

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And not onlly. During your holidays in Chianti, you can join the most enjoyble activities: best wine tours in the region Chianti and Tuscany, the best visit to oil press with olive oil tasting. For art and architecture lovers, Florence is just 20 km from our BB and Siena is at 40km. Within one hour drive you can reach these world famous art cities together with many other as: San Gimignano, Pisa and Lucca, Arezzo and Cortona, etc etc.

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Another option is challenging your talent and skills with painting classes en plein air or in a charming studio for individuals couples and groups; reproduce at home the best Tuscan cuisine with cooking classes and you will prepare traditional Tuscany meals; take the advantage of learning Italian language or improve it while on holidays in Chianti and you will have the opportunity of practising immediately.

The beauty of Tuscany is waiting for you
BOOK NOW
at Ancora del Chianti EcoBB & Art Retreat

Cloe: jeans and blue butterflies

Spring time is a blessing: kids can play alone in the garden (extensively!) and I have time to dedicate to my passions!

Bentornata Primavera! Finalmente i bambini possono giocare in giardino da soli e per lungo tempo e io ho più tempo da dedicarmi alle mie passioni!

Spring can be also the perfect time for sewing as I appreciate brighter light and nature is so inspiring! La primavera è un momento perfetto per cucire. In particolare apprezzo molto la luce più intensa e la natura quale fonte di ispirazione.

When the flowers are in blossoms, observing insects and butterflies can be a good starting point for creative details with applications or embroaderies of natural themes on the fabric.
Con la fioritura completa delle piante,  l’osservazione degli insetti e delle farfalle può essere un buon punto di partenza per spunti creativi di ricamo o applicazioni sulla stoffa.

This is the first time I recycle an old pair of jeans and create a bag out of it. The lovely story about it and tutorial on TandemBags Blog! I wish you as much fun as I had!
Questa è la prima volta che reciclo un paio di pantaloni e ci faccio una borsa. Per i simpatici retroscena e il tutorial andate su TandemBags Blog Buon divertimento!

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My First Tutorial for You

Rita: reversible elegant bag

Waiting to be as famous as “Vera Bradley” , this is my first attempt to show how to create bags with pictures and explanations. You just need a small nice piece of fabric, 2 hours and a sewing machine. Find here free tutorial of Rita. Have Fun!

In attesa di diventare famosa come “Vera Bradley”, questo è il mio primo tentativo di mostrare come si crea una borsa con immagini e spiegazioni. Hai solo bisogno di uno scampolo di stoffa carina, 2 ore e della macchina da cucire. Clicca qui per il tutorial gratuito. Buon Divertimento!

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Jean Luc and Karine after Ancora B&B visit

A lovely surprise we found back home after a few days of holiday: a lovely card from our Castello di Volpaia favourite café “Bar Ucci”. It was intriguing and …..finally we discovered that our friends Jean Luc and Karine from France who stayed at Ancora del Chianti B&B 3 years ago, came for a visit and before leaving they left this card.

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Winter in Chianti/2: bags & more

Most of our guests ask: “What do you do in winter time?”

Laura’s answer is: “Sewing, sewing, sewing: I think that I am close to be addicted to sewing now!  This is my winter 2011 discovery!”

But it is not my fault completely. I have been meeting so many ladies, guests at the B&B Ancora del Chianti, and friends all around the world that introduced me to the secret delight of sewing. They showed me their works and tutorials and most important, they explained what sewing meant for them.

Everything was so tempting that I had to experience myself and ….my curiosity has been rewarded.

While I was wandering on a rainy day in Bordeaux, France, I found this remnant of upholstery textile in a dusty and dark shop and it was love at first sight.

When I came back home at our friends’, I reported about my shopping and my projects to Julie, our lovely French host. Surprisingly she confessed her passion for sewing and showed me her last works. I could not believe that sewing addiction was so contagious!

Once back home in Greve in Chianti, I spent about a week of intense work in the tranquillity of the winter Chianti countryside in order to understand how to make a bag out of a flat piece of textile. I must admit that I have been doing several experiments (doing and a lot of ….. undoing) but I made it and in the end Lola came to life.

Lola is my first handmade bag and I am so proud of it. It is always by my side, as a good friend.

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