Rogaia Blog

Greetings from our garden

When we arrived to La Rogaia almost twenty years ago there was no garden and the sheep of the previous owners grazed up to the door step of the house.

Now our roses show their whole colourful splendour every year in May and June. Get an impression ....

 

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Piscine termali Theia Chianciano. Foto: www.piscinetermalitheia.it
Piscine termali Theia Chianciano. Foto: www.piscinetermalitheia.it

Thermal spas in Tuscany

The ancient Tuscan spas are about one hours drive away from agritourism La Rogaia.

Book now a holiday at Villa La Rogaia and get a free wellness day for two at the thermal spa of Chianciano Terme

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Hiking path at La Rogaia in May
Hiking path at La Rogaia in May

Hiking Holidays at Lake Trasimeno

Discover the untouched nature of Umbria and Tuscany by foot or by mountain bike. At Villa La Rogaia you can set out for shorter and longer walks right from our doorstep. If you prefer to venture out by yourself, we will provide you with tips and maps. But you can also join several guided hikes every week.

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The high plain of Castelluccio, Umbria. Photo: Steffen Müller
The high plain of Castelluccio, Umbria. Photo: Steffen Müller

Castelluccio and the Piano Grande

One of the most magical places in Umbria is the Piano Grande, the tableland of Castelluccio. After driving up the winding and steep road from Norcia suddenly a breathtaking panorama opens up: a plain like a green lake, surrounded by high mountains. And in the early summer the "lake" colors itself in all the shadows of the rainbow, as if touched by a magical hand ...
The area around Castelluccio and Norcia has been terribly affected by the earthquakes in 2016 but reconstruction is in progress to make one of the most beautiful areas of Umbria accessible again for tourists by early summer 2017.

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Umbrian Winter Recipes - Chickpeas and Chard

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.

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Mamma Ornella. Photo: Lupo
Mamma Ornella. Photo: Lupo

Ornella's "Roast Porc in Five Minutes"

Would you rather not spend the entire Christmas morning in the kitchen? Would you rather stay comfortably in bed for a bit longer instead? For "lazy housewives" Ornella has an incredibly simple pork roast recipe that makes a delicious Christmas lunch.

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Olive harvest at La Rogaia. Photo: Peter von Felbert, www.felbert.de
Olive harvest at La Rogaia. Photo: Peter von Felbert, www.felbert.de

Olive Oil - from the Tree into the Bottle

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.

 

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Riding on a steam train at Lake Trasimeno
Riding on a steam train at Lake Trasimeno

Riding on a steam train at Lake Trasimeno

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.

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Italian Food, what makes the difference?

Italian cuisine is considered to be one of the best in the world, but what is it that makes it so special? We will reveal to you some of the secrets ...

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View from La Rogaia towards Monte Amiata
View from La Rogaia towards Monte Amiata

"Monte Amiata"

One of the most spectacular views to be enjoyed from La Rogaia is the view of Monte Amiata. It is an extinct volcano, 5,702 feet high and the second highest mountain of Tuscany.
A trip to Monte Amiata is worth 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.
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trip to Monte Amiata is particularly attractive in midsummer. On the mountain heights one can escape the summer heat.

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