Winner of Photo Contest 2014 now at Ancora!

Winner of Photo Contest 2014 at Ancora del Chianti

Winner of Photo Contest 2014 at Ancora del Chianti

What a pleasure welcoming Alexandre with Louise from Lyon (F), our talented winner of Photo Contest 2014 during his complimentary stay at Ancora del Chianti B&B!

During his first visit in Tuscany of last year, he used to have breakfast on the terrace and leave home with all the equipment for open air landscape painting: tripode, chair and colours! He was all over in Tuscany and painted and sketched impressive sceneries of Chianti, Florence, Siena and Colle Val d’Elsa and San Gimignano choosing different time of the day for special light effects. He was able to experiment the whole range of Tuscan famous landscape in summer: hilltowns and buildings, vineyards, sunflower fields and forests with easy daytrips from the B&B. He really experienced how a painting holiday in Tuscany can be overwhelming and…. his beautiful artworks can testify.

This time he brought a super special gift from home: a painting he did last year during his first stay as sketch and he has been working on during springtime.  Now it is a beautiful painting of Santo Stefano in Campoli Church near Quattro Strade on the way to San Casciano Val di Pesa. I love the quick yet precise strokes and brown / burgundy shades. It is now in the reception for everybody to admire…and for my everyday delight!

Alex, Louise with Alessandra

Alex, Louise with Alessandra in front of the studio

We all thank Alexandre for his talent and generosity and find him here with Alessandra in the sun light right in front of the studio while having breakfast on the panoramic terrace.

Waiting for you to admire all this by real at Ancora del Chianti B&B !

BOOK NOW your holidays in Tuscany and you too can partecipate to the Photo and Video Contest 2015!

Audaces iuvat fortuna! Fortune favours the bond!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !!!

December 2010

Wishing you and your family

the Happiest of Holidays and

the Best  New  Year 2011

 Love

 Filippo   Laura

 Spartaco  Cesare

Grape Tart Recipe

“Schiacciata con l’Uva” is the most typical cake you will find in mamas’ hoven, bakeries and patisserie in September/October in Florence and surroundings. You cannot imagine how easy is to prepare a grape tart: the only difficulty is to have wine grape but a freezer can help.  On harvest day Filippo prefers to leave on the plant the bunches that are not ripe enough so I can go 1-2 weeks after the harvest and pick them. Grape Tart is such a delicious dessert also for winter season as you can serve it warm. I pick the grape as much as I can and then I freeze then in ricycled pasta plastic bag. They are very useful because they are usually transparent and you can recognise immediately that there is grape inside and they are enviromentally friendly because it is a good way to give a longer life to a product. Now let’s start!

Ingredients: 350 g of bread/pizza pasta, a bunch of wine grape, oil, rosmary, and a spoon of sugar cane (it is a secret…!)

For bread/pizza pasta: 250g flour, 100ml water, 1 tea spoons of salt, yeast, 1 table spoon of olive oil

 

 

Put olive oil in the pie tray and distribute with a finger also on the side. Then prepare the pasta in a round shape and put on the pie tray. Add grapes.

 

 

Add rosmary and cover the berries at the rim. Scatter sugar cane with a spoon like a rain. Put in hoven (180°) until the juice bubbles and bread is golden.

BUON APPETITO!

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Now Solar Energy at Ancora!

In September 2010 Ancora del Chianti  got the permission for solar panel from the Preserving Landscape Commission of the Ministry of Culture in Rome. They had to give the approval for super technological solar panels on the roof of our (empty) granary. They are meant to produce electric energy from the the sun with no CO2 emissions for selfcomsumption and distribute in the Italian energy net what in excess. We have been waiting 10 month and actually the most of it for this year has gone…but never is too late when you believe in renewable energies and substainable tourism!

By end September the panel was already on the roof and we only had to wait for the Italian Company for Electric Energy (ENEL) to check and connect our little plant (3 KW) to the Italian net. Giulio and Marcello, the technicians, arrived on 18th October with their white van full of coloured wires, boxes and helmets: what an exhitement for the kids!

They were friendly and professional and shared with us the emotion of the first connection and set up. We were really nervous as you never know until the end if everything is ok, expecially when different people do the previous job. After several checkings we could connect and enregister on the Italian Electric Net. What an emotion to have the Inverter feed back to our enquiries! We now producing electric energy from the sun with no CO2 emission.

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Trip Advisor Award to Ancora del Chianti

Autumn has arrived with its bright colours and its beautiful golden light and our postman has arrived with a very big surprise.

 

We are proud and honoured to announce

that B&B Ancora del Chianti received the

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2010.

This is the time for thanking all guest and friends

that made 2010 season so special:

the guests who came here for the first time,

the ones who have come back for the 2nd, 3rd… time,

the ones who comes regularly every year,

the ones who couldn’t and promised to come next year!

Ancora del Chianti B&B is now closed and

Laura and Filippo are waiting for you with pleasure

starting from April, 1st 2011.

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