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Tuscany’s Villa Le Barone Asks “How EROICA are you?”

July 10, 2014 Luxury Hotels No Comments Email Email

Villa le Barone, the four-star luxury hotel in Panzano, Chianti, in the heart of Italy’s scenic region of Tuscany, encourages cyclists of all levels – and their friends and family – to visit the region this fall, and to consider participating in the renowned EROICA (“heroic”) race, scheduled for October 5. Over-60 participants are granted free registration. Eroica was born from the love of authentic cycling with vintage bicycles, and a passion for the natural and architectural heritage of Chianti. The race is organized to suit riders of all levels, with the shortest route just 38 km (23.6 miles) and an elevation gain of 700 meters (2,296 feet), just enough to taste the atmosphere of the Eroica. The 75 km (46.6 miles) route passes through Volpaia, close to Villa le Barone, and includes a stop at the Ristoro di Panzano, festive with Chianti wine, figs, salamis and a wealth of good cheer.  There are two even more challenging routes, 135 km (83.8 miles) and 209 km (129.8 miles), with elevation gains up to 3700 meters (more than 12,000 feet), a test for the truly heroic rider!

Established in 1997, the Eroica is set on the gravel roads of Chianti and, the organizers proclaim, it is a “poem written with a bicycle” as riders glide through the vineyards, forests of oak and chestnut, medieval villages and stunning scenery of the Tuscan hills. Nearly 5,000 participants are expected this year with their vintage cycles, dating from the 1950s and 1960s.

From October 1st to October 31st, Villa le Barone offers a special package for two nights for two people at€730 (approximately $US995/CA$1,070) in Historic Room, €680 in Superior Room (approximately US $925/CA $995), €620 (approximately $US 845/$CA 906) in a Classic Room; rates include gratuities and VAT. Also included are:

• Welcome bottle of Spumante
• Ample buffet breakfast and 5-course Tuscan dinner (buffet including antipasti, two main courses, cheese, dessert)
• Wine tasting at a famous Chianti Classico producer, including cellar visit
• detailed itinerary suggestions for hikes, bicycle rides and automobile excursions “off the beaten track”
• Bottle of Chianti Classico or extra virgin olive oil to take home or a copy of the guidebook “History, Nature, Traditions: Getting to know Chianti”

“There are wonderful opportunities year-round for cycling in Chianti around our historic Villa le Barone,” shares Corso Aloisi de Larderel, proprietor of the 28-room historic villa and hotel and descendant of the generations of family who have owned the historic hotel since the 1700s. . “Visiting the region on the occasion of the Eroica will give travelers the opportunity to witness the legendary race and soak in the breathtaking scenery of Chianti in the autumn.”

“Whether travelers participate in the race, or simply cycle through the landscape, guests of Villa le Barone will be able to discover the passion for cycling that drives so many Italians, while also taking in the colors of autumn and the beauty of Chianti,” adds Jacqueline Aloisi de Larderel, co-proprietor and descendant of the generations of family who have owned the historic hotel since the 1700s.

Set in the heart of Tuscany, between the historic cities of Siena and Florence, Chianti is noted for its wine, landscape, culture, and its inspiration for poets and painters, with its rolling hills of vineyards, olive trees, woods, farmhouses, and castles. Individual churches are surrounded by dark cypresses and impressive monuments throughout the quaint villages of the area.

For more information about EROICA or the relaxing scenic bicycle tours in the area, to book a reservation, or to learn more about the other recreational and restful activities one can enjoy at Villa le Barone, email or  visit

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