One of the specialties of Umbria are legumes: lentils, chickpeas and a variety of beans. They are used for an almost endless number of healthy and protein-rich dishes, which are part of the basic diet in Umbria.At La Rogaia we have our own, especially delicious version of a chickpea and chard soup.
Olive oil is the "liquid gold" of Umbria, a high-quality and healthy food, that should not be missing in any kitchen. The olive harvest begins in mid October.Everywhere the nets get spread out under the trees.The pickers pick the olives from the trees by hand or with shaking sticks, then the olives they are taken to the oil mill. Read here how the olives finally become olive oil.
A very special experience: Going on a historic steam train from Perugia to Terontola, along the Trasimeno lake. The 150 th anniversary of the Terontola-Foligno railway line was celebrated on November 6, 2016 with an extraordinary train journey - and we were on board.
One of themost spectacularviews to be enjoyed fromLaRogaiaistheview of MonteAmiata.Itis an extinct volcano, 5,702 feet high andthe second highest mountainof Tuscany. A trip toMonteAmiata isworth in every season. It is a 2 hours drive from La Rogaia almost to the top of the mountain. Only the last few hundred meters have to be climbed by foot. A trip toMonteAmiata is particularly attractivein midsummer.Onthe mountainheightsone canescape thesummer heat.
Every yearin Julyjazz loversfrom around the world come to the Umbriancapital,to celebrateone of themost importantjazzfestivals in the world, setinthemagnificent scenery of thehistorical town centre ofPerugia. This year's programme features a number of giants ofjazz and pop.
For more than a yearafamily of foxes islivingon our property.First we noticed a shy vixenwho came close to the house in the search for something edible. Soon she discovered some leftovers of the cat food, and after a while she even came to termswith our cats.Last springshewasgetting biggerand rounder,andaswe should find out soon it wasnot onlybecause of the goodmeals...
Hearing of the Italian region of "Tuscany"one immediately thinks of feasting with good food and wine:Bruschetta appetizers andChianti wine,Acquacotta soupandwild boarham,Cantuccicookies andVinSanto. When travelling in Tuscany you can be pretty sure to get something delicious to eat whereever you go.However, there aredifferences,andthebest places to eatare often hidden. And they are not necessarilywheremost the most touristsgo. Inthe last 15 yearsmany atripwith guestsorwith the family has led us toneighboring SouthernTuscany. Sowedo not want to withhold ourtastiestculinarydiscoveries.