Rogaia Blog

The view from La Rogaia towards the Appennine Mountains
The view from La Rogaia towards the Appennine Mountains

Darling, we are going to the seaside! Don't forget to pack the ski

Italy has many different attractions and starting from La Rogaia one can quickly discover a wide variety of landscapes. It only takes a two-day trip. And what we have seen on a weekend in mid-March you can read here.

 

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Restaurant "La Bastiglia", Spello. Foto: www.labastiglia.com
Restaurant "La Bastiglia", Spello. Foto: www.labastiglia.com

Recommended Restaurants in Umbria

Even though we are pretty spoiled by the excellent cuisine of our cook Ornella, we sometimes like to eat out. Not many places in Umbria can take on Ornella's cooking skills, but the following restaurants are definitely worth a try.

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Carnival in Foiano della Chiana
Carnival in Foiano della Chiana

Carnival in Tuscany and Umbria

Although Umbria is not exactly a hotbed of Carnival as the Rhineland or Venice - yet there are also colorful processions and great costumes

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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".

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Piscine termali Theia Chianciano. Foto: www.piscinetermalitheia.it
Piscine termali Theia Chianciano. Foto: www.piscinetermalitheia.it

Thermal spas in Tuscany

The ancient Tuscan spas are about one hours drive away from agritourism La Rogaia.

For Valentine's Day 2015 we are giving away three vouchers for two persons each for a wellness day at the thermal spa of Chianciano Terme

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San Galgano
San Galgano

San Galgano in Tuscany

A sunny winter day. We take a day trip to the Abbey of San Galgano, one of the magical places in Tuscany, southwest of Siena.

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Bethlehem at Passignano

How do we actually celebrate Christmas here in Umbria? Of course, with plenty of good food: traditionally with Cappelletti in brodo (meat filled pasta in hat form in a strong broth), roast lamb, Sformato di gobbo (casserole of winter carding) and for dessert Torrone, Panettone, Pandoro, mandarins and dried figs. We are lucky as we may take part in the traditional family lunch with our cook and friend Ornella. So we get tocelebrate their joyous festival at a long long table. - But in addition to good food, what else is special here in Umbria? Wolfgang has written a short story about it. You will also find a video of the living nativity scene at Passignano sul Trasimeno ...

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Lucky Beginners

A Tango holiday in Italy ! Oh, how romantic, my friends had said, when I told them about my wife's present for my birthday.

Italy, just Italy would have been okay: lots of sun, great food, nice people.

But what about the Tango classes ?  I admit I was sceptical, indeed very sceptical. Fact is: I like to dance. It is only, that I have got no talent at all ...

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Olives for the olive oil of La Rogaia. Photo: Peter von Felbert, www.felbert.de
Olives for the olive oil of La Rogaia. Photo: Peter von Felbert, www.felbert.de

About crowncut and tree-combers

This year the olive harvest at La Rogaia unfortunately was not very rich due to adverse climate conditions. Of course this is really a pity because usually the olive harvest is the highlight and the end of our harvesting season at La Rogaia, before life is slowing down once the winter arrives.

Yet what is happening in the olive orchard during the year?

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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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