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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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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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Paolo Conte at Umbria Jazz Festival 2015
Paolo Conte at Umbria Jazz Festival 2015. Photo: www.umbriajazz.com

Paolo Conte live at Umbria Jazz 2015

Last Friday we went to the live concert of one of the greatest chansonniers in Italy: Paolo Conte. With his 78 years he is a living legend: an unconfoundable warm smoky voice, poetic lyrics and sophisticated arrangements. He surely is one of our favorite musicians. Plus a warm Italian summer night, the skyline of Perugia, a cool beer  ... what more could you want!

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"Festa dei Barbari" in Castel Rigone
"Festa dei Barbari" in Castel Rigone

Events at Lake Trasimeno in July 2015

The second half of July is rich in events in Passignano sul Trasimeno.

First the "Palio dell Barche", the traditional boat race on Lake Trasimeno. It is celebrated with lots of food music and historical races for a whole week. Then at the end of July the "Festa dei Barbari" in our village Castel Rigone, a wild spectacle that leads back to the time of the Goths. And the "Trasimeno Blues Festival" with great concerts every night in Passignano and in other villages around the lake.

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Tango week with Wolfgang and Annette
Tango week with Wolfgang and Annette

Lucky Tango for beginners

If you have already played with the idea of learning how to dance Tango Argentino some day but never found the time and leisure in your everyday life, the "Tango Holiday" at La Rogaia August 29 to September 5, 2015 might be THE opportunity ..

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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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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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Umbrian Girl. Photo: Steve McCurry
Umbrian Girl. Photo: Steve McCurry

Photo exhibition “SENSATIONAL UMBRIA” by world famous photographer Steve McCurry

What better means than photographs to describe a land and the journey through it. Last year Mr. McCurry chose Umbria for one of his photo travels and came up with a sensational moving and thoughtful look into Umbria's landsaceps, people and history.

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