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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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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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Messaggi d'amore, Wolfgang Sandt, La Rogaia
Messaggi d'amore, Wolfgang Sandt, La Rogaia

Sculpture garden La Rogaia, Umbria

Wolfgang Sandt, German sculptor with a second home in Umbria, has designed the surroundings of Villa La Rogaia into a sculpture garden. Spread over an area of several acres, visitors can go on a discovery tour: sometimes the sculptures will fall straight into the eye, sometimes they are hidden in niches or they are almost covered by plants. The sculptures always enter into a dialogue with the environment. They draw the viewer's eye towards a dreamy angle or a special tree. Or they invite the spectator to enjoy the view over the wide Umbrian hills.

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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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Giardino Bardini - the baroque stairs
Giardino Bardini - the baroque stairs

Travel Tips for Tuscany: The Giardino Bardini in Florence

A breathtaking view over the domes of Florence, fragrant flower beds and magical corners with weathered sculptures - we are in a magical garden at Giardino Bardini on the banks of the River Arno in Florence

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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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