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!

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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My First Tutorial for You


Rita: reversible elegant bag

Waiting to be as famous as “Vera Bradley” , this is my first attempt to show how to create bags with pictures and explanations. You just need a small nice piece of fabric, 2 hours and a sewing machine. Find here free tutorial of Rita. Have Fun!

In attesa di diventare famosa come “Vera Bradley”, questo è il mio primo tentativo di mostrare come si crea una borsa con immagini e spiegazioni. Hai solo bisogno di uno scampolo di stoffa carina, 2 ore e della macchina da cucire. Clicca qui per il tutorial gratuito. Buon Divertimento!

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