Rogaia Blog

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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Zucchini and egg plant fresh from the grill, decorated with sweet ripe Pachino tomatoes and seasoned with extra virgin olive oil. Simple recipe, fantastic taste!
Zucchini and egg plant fresh from the grill, decorated with sweet ripe Pachino tomatoes and seasoned with extra virgin olive oil. Simple recipe, fantastic taste!

NEW! Culinary weeks 2016

Tuscany and Umbria are famous for their culinary treasures: truffles, salami and prosciutto, legumes and the famous olive oil. Of course you can try to find all these hidden treasures on your own. But wouldn ’t it be much easier if someone helps you, takes you by the hand and shows you places the average tourist hardly ever will find?
Have a look at our new "Full immersion culinary weeks" in spring and fall 2016!

 

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Truffle hunting in Umbria
Truffle hunting in Umbria

It is truffle time in Umbria!

Autumn is the peak season for the precious truffles tubers. Umbria is the largest truffle producer in Italy and many allegedly Piedmontese truffles have been growing under Umbrian trees.
It is an unforgettable experience to accompany a truffle hunter and his dog in the search for the coveted tubers.

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Osteria "Rosso di Sera", San Feliciano Magione. Foto: www.osteriarossodisera.net
Osteria "Rosso di Sera", San Feliciano Magione. Foto: www.osteriarossodisera.net

Recommended Restaurants at Lake Trasimeno

Especially in summer Lake Trasimeno is a popular destination. Accordingly, there is an abundance of restaurants, some better, some worse. In order that you will not be fobbed off with bad food in "tourist traps", here are our recommendations for the best restaurants in the towns around Lake Trasimeno.

 

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Ornella is inviting you to her kitchen
Ornella is inviting you to her kitchen

New! Cookery class in Umbria, fall 2015

Due to popular demand we have added another cooking class from September 12 to 19,  2015 to our program. Let yourself be enchanted by Ornella's cuisine and her Mediterranean temperament ...

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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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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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