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!

Ancora del Chianti’s Photo Contest 2013 Winner


The Winner of Photo Contest 2013 is…

…Mr. Claus from Essen, Germany, with:

fugitive eternal beauty
winner 2013 of Photo Contest at Ancora del Chianti - eco-friendly B&B in Tuscany

Our congratulations to Claus,
who wins 2 complementary nights at Ancora del  Chianti in 2014.
We thank Claus for this shining gift!
The picture has an apparent the simple subject: the olive trees, symbol of peace and hard work through generations, weave together with powerful sun rays suggest the idea of a dynamic cosmic harmony.
This delicate yet strong image recalls the peace and the magic of every morning at Ancora del Chianti. The silence of the rising sun over the vineyard, the olive grove and the garden invites to deeply breathe and dive in the energy for the new day to come. We hope you can feel it soon, during your next visit to Ancora del Chianti.
Our Special Thanks to the other partecipants for their impressive contributions. It has been hard to choose!…. I promise to show all the pictures during the next months. Have a look to all the entries on our Flickr Page.
Have Fun!

Chianti Art Club: spring flowers at Ancora del Chianti


Painting Classes at Ancora del Chianti


On a sunny spring afternoon, we enjoyed an amazing watercolour painting class instructed by our charming teacher: all together we celebrated the first flowers of our garden at Ancora del Chianti.
Durante un soleggiato pomeriggio di primavera, una allegra lezione di acquerello sotto la guida attenta della nostra insegnante ci ha permesso di celebrare l’arrivo dei primi fiori di primavera all’Ancora del Chianti.

The inspiring and silent setting and the lovely company helped a lot in order to create colourful and detailed flowers watercolours to hang, to offer or to keep for future improvements. The atmosphere was relaxed and pleasant with a cup of tea – and a glass of good Chianti wine for the wilder ones.

Watercolours in Chianti

L’ambiente, ricco di ispirazione e  silenzioso, e la simpatica compagnia hanno contribuito a creare delle opere all’acquerello ricche di dettagli e piene di colori da incornicare, regalare o tenere in conto per futuri miglioramenti della tecnica. L’atmosfera era rilassata e piacevole in compagnia di una tazza di tè o di un bicchiere di buon vino Chianti, per le più audaci.

Favourite subjects were daffodils, anemons and pervinca. Some other preferred simple fresh herbs as rosmary, sage and thyme with amazing results.
Il soggetto privilegiato sono stati i narcisi, gli anemoni e la pervinca. Qualcun’altro ha optato per semplici erbe aromatiche come rosmarino, salvia e timo con risultati sorprendenti.

More pictures on our Flickrs Page
Altre foto sulla nostra Pagina Flickrs

Watercolour Painting: my Challange in Life


Hommage to Music - Original Watercolour by Laura of Ancora del Chianti B&B

I have been painting for more than 20 years now but I never referred at me as an artist, rather as a trainee. In the beginning my paintings were jelously hidden in my folder and I never showed them to everybody. Only when the teachers asked me to hang them for collective exhibition, I thought that these paintings deserved a public. I was trapped in the illusion that the attractiveness of a painting was depending on the perfection of the technique. All this was very frustrating especially in the beginning. But something told me to keep on going….
Dipingo più di 20 anni e non mi sono mai considerata un’artista, piuttosto un’ apprendista. All’inizio conservavo gelosamente i miei dipinti nella cartellina e non li mostravo a nessuno. Solo quando l’insegnante mi chiedeva di partecipare a delle mostre pensavo che meritassero considerazione. Ero intrappolata nell’illusione che la piacevolezza di un dipinto dipendesse dalla sua perfezione tecnica. Ciò era molto frustrante soprattutto all’inizio. Ma qualcosa mi diceva di continuare…..

Little by little, my skills improved and I could master better the technique on the paper. Soon I started to hang some paintings in the house and in my B&B Ancora del Chianti. Since then…I never stopped!
A poco a poco, con l’affinamento della tecnica sono diventata più sicura degli effetti che producevo sulla carta e ho cominciato ad appendere qualche opera prima in casa e poi nelle camere del mio B&B Ancora del Chianti. E….da allora non mi sono più fermata.

It was strange: the very same painting mute while in the folder started to be alive, telling me a big secret: the beauty of a painting is not only in the perfection of the technique but mostly in the emotion it can arouse.
Era strano: i quadri che poco prima giacevano muti nella cartellina, avevano preso vita e mi svelavano un importante segreto: la bellezza del dipinto non sta solo nella perfezione tecnica ma soprattutto nell’emozione che suscita.

For that reason, I created a new collection “Art in Chianti” on our Flickrs Page Ancora del Chianti where I am happy to show my watercolours on line with you and share the deep emotions I had while painting. Waiting to admire yours!!
Per questo ho creato una nuova collezone “Art in Chianti” sulla nostra Pagina Flickr Ancora del Chianti dove sono felice adesso di condividere i miei acquerelli on line con tutti voi nella speranze che vi regalino dolci emozioni, in attesa di lasciarmi stupire dai vostri!!

This is the first sampling of my watercolours on Flickr Page Ancora del Chianti!
Ecco un primo assaggio di miei acquerelli sulle Pagine Flickr di Ancora del Chianti!