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!

Christmas Greetings from Tuscany

Xmas Cookies from  Ancora del Chianti B&B in Tuscany

Xmas Cookies from Ancora del Chianti – Tuscany B&B

Winter time is a busy moment at Ancora del Chianti B&B
for our young pastry chefs Spartaco and Cesare.

Here they want to share their recipe for Christmas Cookies 2014,


                     Spartaco Cesare  the patissiers

                                 Laura Filippo, the official tasters  : )


RECIPE for 2014 CHRISTMAS COOKIES by Spartaco and Cesare

Xmas Cookies 2014 Recipe

Xmas Cookies 2014 Recipe


200g Brown Sugar
180g Butter
Salt – a pinch

2 Eggs

500g Flour – sifted
Vainilla Extract
1 teaspoon Soda

100g Chocolate chips




Heat the butter and mix the ingredients following blocks and order kneading.

Xmas Cookies 2014 moulding

Xmas Cookies 2014 moulding


Prepare 3 rolls and make it rest in the fridge for 30 min.

Remove the dough from the fridge, knead it until easy to handle and make it flat. Then roll it out with a rolling pin.


Preparing cookies with Xmas moulds

Christmas cookies ready for the oven





Now….. take your favourite Xmas moulds and..have fun!


Preheat oven to 180°C.

Prepare a oven tray with baking paper.

Ready for the oven!

Ready for the oven!






Bake the cookies for 11-12 minutes, until light hazelnut coloured.


Resting on a wire trivet

Resting on a wire trivet





Make them rest and cool down on a wire trivet.







Lovely and simple packaging for a gift, giveaway or placeholder on YOUR Christmas Table as in our case, the biscuits will not last for so long, I believe… : )

Original Christmas Placeholder and Giveaways

Original Christmas Placeholder and Giveaways

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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.

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Autumn in Chianti: Splendour of Nature


Autumn in Chianti is so mild that we always have beautiful roses in the garden untill Christmas time. This is their last farewell before the winter rest.
L’autunno in Chianti è così mite che riusciamo ad avere in giardino delle belle fioriture di rose fino a Natale. Questo il loro ultimo saluto prima del riposo invernale.

The privilege of the Chianti perfect weather in autumn with mild temperatures, beautiful sunny days and perfect night moisture let a long second flowering for roses after the spring flowering. The flowering is usually so rich and so healthy that we can admire every single variety of rose of the garden at once. The white Iceberg rose and Crocus Rose, the red Crimson Glory, the Yellow Sahara and Graham Thomas, and the shocking pink roses stay all together in the same vase at the same time and it is true jubilation.
Grazie al perfetto microclima del Chianti, in autunno le temperature si mantengono miti, le splendide giornate soleggiate e insieme alla giusta l’umidità notturna permettono una seconda copiosa fioritura dopo quella primaverile. La fioritura è così ricca e sana che possiamo ammirare ogni singola varietà di rosa presente in giardino nello stesso momento così che le bianche Iceberg e Crocus Rose, le rosse Crimson Glory, le gialle Sahara e Graham Thomas e le rosa fucsia possono stare nel vaso allo stesso momento. Un vero tripudio!

While I was taking these pictures, my youngest son Cesare suggested to add  his hand made boat with pink sail that he just painted with watercolour to the composition. Here it is: dark image but great match!
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Mentre stavo scattando le foto, mio figlio minore Cesare si è avvicinato incuriosito proponendo di aggiungere alla composizione la sua barchetta fatta a mano da una scorza di pino con la vela appena dipinta. Eccola qui: immagine scura ma abbinamento perfetto!
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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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