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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.