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Evening at the Arno in Florence
Evening at the Arno in Florence

Recommended Restaurants in Florence

Florence is one of the main tourist centers in Italy and attracts millions of visitors from all over the world every year. Quite rightly, because there is really much to see. Not only the Venus by Botticelli in the Uffizi and Michelangelo's David in the Accademia, the Cathedral and the Baptistery with its bronze doors by Brunelleschi or the Ponte Vecchio with its goldsmith shops.  There are also many hidden treasures such as the frescoes of Fra Angelico in San Marco or the Giardini Baldini.

The question is, where you can find good and affordable food. Here are our personal tips.

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Borgo Sala
Borgo Sala

Waterfalls and Canyons in Umbria

On a hot, dry summer day, one yearns for nothing more but a cool spot and a bath in cold water.

Of course there are shady places  in the garden of La Rogaia and the pool offers refreshment.  But a day trip to one of the Devil's gorges and waterfalls in Umbria is a special experience.

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Equitazione Lilhoff
Equitazione Lilhoff

Horse Riding at Lake Trasimeno

Lake Trasimeno does not only offer a variety of water sports facilities.

Around the lake there are also quite a few riding stables, which organize rides into the beautiful landscape around the lake.

Here are our tips:

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Trasimeno Music Festival. Foto: www.trasimenomusicfestival.com
Trasimeno Music Festival. Foto: www.trasimenomusicfestival.com

Music Festivals in Umbria in June and July

Every year in June and July two important music festivals take place in Umbria. Lovers of classical music gather at shores of Trasimeno Lake for the "Trasimeno Music Festival", organized by the Canadian world-class pianist Angela Hewitt.
Jazz fans flock to the Umbrian capital in the second week of July to celebrate one of the most prestigious jazz festivals in the world: "Umbria Jazz" in the historical town center of Perugia. Also this year the list of performers from the international jazz and pop world is impressive.

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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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