Rogaia Blog

Italian Food, what makes the difference?

Italian cuisine is considered to be one of the best in the world, but what is it that makes it so special? We will reveal to you some of the secrets ...

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Street scene in Tuscany© Foto: René van Bakel/ASAblanca.com
Street scene in Tuscany© Foto: René van Bakel/ASAblanca.com

Photo Workshop "Visual Storytelling"

There are thousands of photos of Tuscany.

Most of them show the typical "Cypress on a Hill", in all shades of colour, on calendar sheets, or on advertisments for pasta, olive oil or hand creams.

So far for the cliché of Tuscany.

But there is another possibility: You can tell the real story of a landscape and its culture and lifestyle, beyond all clichés.

Join us for the next photography workshop with René van Bakel from May 6 to 13, 2017.

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View from La Rogaia towards Monte Amiata
View from La Rogaia towards Monte Amiata

"Monte Amiata"

One of the most spectacular views to be enjoyed from La Rogaia is the view of Monte Amiata. It is an extinct volcano, 5,702 feet high and the second highest mountain of Tuscany.
A trip to Monte Amiata is worth in every season. It is a 2 hours drive from La Rogaia almost to the top of the mountain. Only the last few hundred meters have to be climbed by foot.
A trip to Monte Amiata is particularly attractive in midsummer. On the mountain heights one can escape the summer heat.

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

Umbria Jazz Festival at Perugia

Every year in July jazz lovers from around the world come to the Umbrian capital, to celebrate one of the most important jazz festivals in the world, set in the magnificent scenery of the historical town centre of Perugia. This year's programme features a number of giants of jazz and pop.

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Historical celebration at Cortona
Historical celebration at Cortona

Seven Good Reasons for Holidays at Villa La Rogaia in Umbria

Do you want to know why you should come to Umbria for your next holidays ?

Holidays at Villa La Rogaia are exactly right for you, if ...

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Where the foxes say good night to the cats

For more than a year a family of foxes is living on our property. First we noticed a shy vixen who came close to the house in the search for something edible. Soon she discovered some leftovers of the cat food, and after a while she even came to terms with our cats. Last spring she was getting bigger and rounder, and as we should find out soon it was not only because of the good meals ...

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Freshly grated Pecorino cheese over the  "Maccheroncini al Ragù Toscano della Nonna" is a must at "Locanda al Pozzo Antico" in Cortona, Tuscany
Freshly grated Pecorino cheese over the "Maccheroncini al Ragù Toscano della Nonna" is a must at "Locanda al Pozzo Antico" in Cortona, Tuscany

Recommended Restaurants in Southern Tuscany

Hearing of the Italian region of "Tuscany" one immediately thinks of feasting with good food and wine: Bruschetta appetizers and Chianti wine, Acquacotta soup and wild boar ham, Cantucci cookies and Vin Santo. When travelling in Tuscany you can be pretty sure to get something delicious to eat whereever you go. However, there are differences, and the best places to eat are often hidden. And they are not necessarily where most the most tourists go.
In the last 15 years many a trip with guests or with the family  has led us to  neighboring Southern TuscanySo we do not want to withhold our tastiest culinary discoveries.

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Ornella, the cook with a heart
Ornella, the cook with a heart

Ornella, our Christmas Angel

We are often asked what it is like at La Rogaia in winter, and how Christmas is celebrated here.

During a summer vacation with 35° Celsius in the shadow understandably it is difficult to imagine what the joys of winter and Christmas in Umbria look like.

So here's a glimpse at our Umbrian Christmas ...

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A winter sunday walk near Città di Castello
A winter sunday walk near Città di Castello

The first snow in Valtiberina, Umbria Tuscany

On Friday November 20 we took the last load of olives to the oil mill and got our delicious, deep green, new olive oil. The mild November wheather has blessed the olive pickers with days full of sunshine. Of course it is much more fun to pick olives or to take a rest on the mint scented meadows under the trees when the sun is shining. But already a day later the winter came to Umbria ...

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Stonecarving is fun !
Stonecarving is fun !

Stonecarving and Dolce Vita

Doing something creative in your holidays and taking home a selfmade piece of art - that would be it! But of course the whole thing should not turn out to be work.  After all, you're on your well-deserved vacation.
At La Rogaia you can combine perfectly both creativity and enjoyable recreation. During the course "Sculpting and Dolce Vita in Umbria" with the artist Wolfgang Sandt you will get individual guidance and support for your artistic project. You will stay in one of our stylish apartments and can enjoy our lovely garden with pool. And you will be spoilt ... with delicious homemade food and in top-restaurants in our area. You do not have to worry about anything and can concentrate fully on your creative work!

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