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Siena. Photo: Helen M.
Siena. Photo: Helen M.

Siena - Pearl of Tuscany - Places worth to see in Tuscany

Amidst the rolling hills of the Crete, Siena looks like a stranded ship, with the town hall tower "Torre del Mangia" and the zebra-striped cathedral tower as the mast trees.

It was our destination for a family trip on a February weekend.

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Sculptures by Wolfgang Sandt in the snow
Sculptures by Wolfgang Sandt in the snow

A Winter Fairy Tale at La Rogaia

The winter had seemed almost over in Umbria. But now it has turned back!

If you go on a holiday in La Rogaia in the spring or even in a hot summer, you can not imagine how it might look like in winter.

Here are a few impressions from the garden of La Rogaia and the surrounding area

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If life gives you lemons make Limoncello !

Now is the time of citrus fruits and 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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Montalcino
Montalcino

Montalcino - Quintessence of Tuscan Culture

Not only for wine lovers, the name Montalcino evokes images of vineyards in the warm sunlight and the taste of earth and full-bodied fruit flavors. The famous little town amidst gentle hills is one of the highlights of every gourmet trip in Southern Tuscany.

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Fagiolina del Trasimeno. Foto: www.melagrani.it
Fagiolina del Trasimeno. Foto: www.melagrani.it

La Fagiolina del Trasimeno - recipes with a noble bean

When we think of bean stew, we usually have in mind a mashy pap from a tin can or "chili con carne" from a field kitchen.

But there are also noble varieties of beans that are very popular with gourmets. These include the "Fagiolina del Trasimeno", which has been cultivated since antiquity in the fertile wetlands around Lake Trasimeno. We tell you, what can be made out of the inconspicuous tiny beans ...

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Isola Polvese in Lake Trasimeno
Isola Polvese in Lake Trasimeno

The Islands of Lake Trasimeno

By ferry boat you can reach two of the islands in Lake Trasimeno: the Isola Polvese from San Feliciano, the Isola Maggiore from Passignano or from Tuoro. Both islands are car-free and, apart from Sundays and holidays, they are sleeping peacefully in the midst of Lake Trasimeno, the blue eye of Umbria. An ideal destination for a peaceful day trip.

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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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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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