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Truffle hunting in Umbria
Truffle hunting in Umbria

It is truffle time in Umbria!

Autumn is the peak season for the precious truffles tubers. Umbria is the largest truffle producer in Italy and many allegedly Piedmontese truffles have been growing under Umbrian trees.
It is an unforgettable experience to accompany a truffle hunter and his dog in the search for the coveted tubers.

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Mamma Ornella
Mamma Ornella

Italian cuisine in autumn - Recipes from Umbria

When autumn is coloring the woods of Umbria and when you can hear the echo of the hunters calling  from hill to hill it is high season for the typical autumn dishes. And Mamma Ornella is in top form in her kitchen at La Rogaia! Here are a few samples from her cuisine ...

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Festa dei Barbari, Castel Rigone
Festa dei Barbari, Castel Rigone

Historical festivals at Lake Trasimeno

Every town and village in Italy has its own festival, which often goes back to centuries-old traditions. While at the famous "Palio di Siena" horse and rider are racing around the Campo, in Passignano sul Trasimeno young men are rowing in old-style wooden boats at the "Palio delle Barche".
And in our village of Castel Rigone, the "barbarians" go wild ...

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Umbria Jazz Festival. Photo: Steve McCurry
Umbria Jazz Festival. Photo: Steve McCurry

Umbria Jazz Festival July 12 to 21, 2019

Every year in July Jazz fans from all over the world flock to Umbria to celebrate the "Umbria Jazz Festival" 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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The Peony Garden "Centro Botanico Moutan"

One of the most beautiful gardens in Italy is certainly the "Centro Botanico Moutan" near Viterbo.

A sea of peonies, a fantastic destination in May and June!

Aurora tells you more about it ...

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Photo: www.studiomoretticaselli.it

Museums in Perugia: Museo-Laboratorio di Vetrate Artistiche Moretti Caselli - The glass painting museum

On our tour to the „Hidden treasures of Perugia“ today we will take you to the outstanding museum for stained-glass works. It is not only a museum but a manufactury for painted glass run by the family Moretti-Caselli for more than five generations. The youngest glass painter in the family, the charming Maddalena Forenza, and our daughter Aurora will show you around.

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Ornella is collecting "Erba"
Ornella is collecting "erba"

Spring recipes from Umbria

For some delicious spring dishes our cook Ornella does not go to the supermarket to get the ingredients. No, she grabs a wicker basket and goes to the green meadows around La Rogaia. There she gathers with enthusiasm "erba". I beg your pardon? That is the Italian word for grass! Shall we eat grass? "Ma certo!" Ornella replies with a laugh. And a few hours later, when we sit at the table and eat, we understand why it pays to "eat grass in Umbria".

Late deal offer for the cooking class April 13 to 20, 2019:
EUR 200 off regular price

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Almond blossom at La Rogaia 2019

Spring at Villa La Rogaia

The spring sun has awakened our garden from its winter slumber. There are now splashes of color everywhere.

If you are longing for the sun, use now our spring offers for your next holidays:

Up to 30% off regular price for all apartment bookings for May, July and August 2019

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Artichoke
Artichoke

Healthy food in spring: Artichokes

Power packages against spring tiredness

A few days ago, Ornella came in by in surprise. And since it was lunchtime, we decided to cook together. She got out of her car a big basket of artichokes that she had just bought at the market. "Little power packages," she said. Then we went to the preparation and a little later we had two simple, delicious dishes on the table, which we want to share with you.

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If life gives you lemons make Limoncello !

Now is the time of citrus fruits and as every year we have just received two large boxes of organic lemons from Apulia.
We are happy to tell you what we do with them ...

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