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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 13 to 22, 2018

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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A sea of flowers - Umbria in early summer

At the moment we are experiencing a flower explosion in La Rogaia:
April has brought a lot of water and has turned our garden into a sea of flowers.


One more reason to come to La Rogaia in May and to explore Umbria in the Whitsun holidays.

Last minute discount of up to 30%!

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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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