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.

More pictures on our Flickr Page

Alain and Marie at Ancora del Chianti


When Alain and Marie stayed at Ancora del Chianti B&B last Autumn, Mathilde, their daugher was very proud of her new camera and wanted to take a picture of us all together just after breakfast. This is her job and a review of their stay at the bed and breakfast they send us.

just after breakfast at Ancora del Chianti

” …En ce qui nous concerne, nous avons passé un agréable séjour dans  votre demeure et avons beaucoup apprécié votre accueil et votre belle  région, la  Toscane.
Malheureusement c’est toujours trop court pour pouvoir tout  visiter… Alors  nous reviendrons, peut-être, une prochaine fois?!…
Au plaisir de vous revoir, à bientôt.

Marie, Alain, Louis, Mathilde & Thibaud”

More pictures on our Flickr Page.

Ingvar and Elna’s Greetings


from Ingvar to Ancora del Chianti

In September we had the pleasure of welcoming Ingvar and Elna to Ancora del Chianti B&B. We had a lot of to share: love for nature and furthermore…music. Infact Ingvar as my husband Filippo, plays in the band of his village: in this case the Philarmonic Band  in Skummeslövsstrandin Halland County in the south of Sweden. This is the proof!

More pictures of our Friends here.

Greetings 2011 to Ancora del Chianti


cardsWe thank you all our guests and friends who sent us email, phone calls and cards: they have keeping on arriving since yesterday!

With your support and love it will be a woderful year. For sure!

Bjorn and Ingrid’s Summer House (!)


When at Ancora del Chianti there are a few flakes of snow falling, it is a big event as it is so rare…but looking at this picture despite the quantity and frequency of snowing in Scandinavia, the fascination of snow is still huge.

More pictures on our Flickrs Page.