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!

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

Ancora del Chianti: “Welcoming Home!”


Ancora del Chianti Guestbook

New review on our guestbook by Krystle and Adam from US:
“Thank you Laura for a wonderful stay. For such a short stay, we had a wonderful and beautiful trip. We loved sharing stories with you at breakfast. When we come back to Italy we will be sure to stay longer. So much beauty here, and you have such a welcoming home and heart. Thank you!”

Wild Boar Culinary Festival in Chiocchio 2013


Wild Boar Festival Chiocchio

On 24th April there will be the opening of the famous Wild Boar Culinary Festival in Chiocchio and it will last until 1st May.
Ancora del Chianti B&B won’t miss the appointment of course and we suggest you to join us. Book now!
Here our post and some pictures of the latest editions on Flickr Page. 

Il 24 aprile ci sarà l’apertura della Sagra del Cinghiale di Chiocchio che durerà fino al 1° maggio.
Noi dell’Ancora del Chianti non mancheremo all’appuntamento anche quest’anno e vi consigliamo di non farvi sfuggire l’occasione di gustare il miglior cinghiale di tutto il Chianti. Prenotazioni aperte
Ecco il post e alcune foto delle passate editioni sulla nostra pagina Flickrs.

“Wonderful Stay at Ancora del Chianti”


Ancora del Chianti Garden & Relax

The seasons started early this year at Ancora del Chianti and our guests did not wait too long to send us their comment and thanking for the stay on our guestbook. Christine and Scott (US) left this review about their stay in March:

“Dear Laura,

We loved our visit at Ancora and only wish our   stay was longer. (And the weather was a bit warmer, but of course you can’t change Mother Nature. ) You helped assure our stay was positive with all the personal touches: a note marking our rooms waiting for us upon arrival, the delicious treats made my Ingrid, the tips and suggestions for excursions given with detail, choice and even a bit of intrigue, and your commitment to run an eco-friendly establishment. Thank you again for a wonderful stay. We sincerely hope to return soon or in a few years.”