One of the most magical places in Umbria is the Piano Grande, the tableland of Castelluccio. After driving up the winding and steep road from Norcia suddenly a breathtaking panorama opens up: a plain like a green lake, surrounded by high mountains. And in the early summer the "lake" colors itself in all the shadows of the rainbow, as if touched by a magical hand ... The area around Castelluccio and Norcia has been terribly affected by the earthquakes in 2016 but reconstruction is in progress to make one of the most beautiful areas of Umbria accessible again for tourists by early summer 2017.
A very special experience: Going on a historic steam train from Perugia to Terontola, along the Trasimeno lake. The 150 th anniversary of the Terontola-Foligno railway line was celebrated on November 6, 2016 with an extraordinary train journey - and we were on board.
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.
Every yearin Julyjazz loversfrom around the world come to the Umbriancapital,to celebrateone of themost importantjazzfestivals in the world, setinthemagnificent scenery of thehistorical town centre ofPerugia. This year's programme features a number of giants ofjazz and pop.
Hearing of the Italian region of "Tuscany"one immediately thinks of feasting with good food and wine:Bruschetta appetizers andChianti wine,Acquacotta soupandwild boarham,Cantuccicookies andVinSanto. When travelling in Tuscany you can be pretty sure to get something delicious to eat whereever you go.However, there aredifferences,andthebest places to eatare often hidden. And they are not necessarilywheremost the most touristsgo. Inthe last 15 yearsmany atripwith guestsorwith the family has led us toneighboring SouthernTuscany. Sowedo not want to withhold ourtastiestculinarydiscoveries.
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 ...
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!
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!