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Umbrian picnic in spring

La Rogaia: A spring picnic in the countryside

La Rogaia is still waiting to welcome guests again. Over Easter we will inevitably have our green hill in Umbria to ourselves, but we hope to have new guests from May onwards!

The spring-like weather inspired us to have a picnic, in anticipation of the enjoyable life in the great outdoors in the warm months.


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Deeply relaxed while dancing tango

In the summer of 1999, shortly after we started the tango holiday weeks in La Rogaia, we also gave courses for local people interested in tango.

In our courses we started with a short introduction to Argentine tango and our concept of relaxed tango dancing.

But then something stranged happened...

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Pera cotta

Recipes from La Rogaia: Risotto alle rape rosse - Beetroot-Risotto

For today's Valentine's Day, Amira has cooked a risotto in the color of love - with beetroot and red onions from the garden and with red wine.

Decorated with a heart of cheese sauce, this dish shows that the way to the heart is through the stomach ...

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The first tango morning - where on earth has this guy gone?

We can hardly believe it ourselves, but in 2021 we will actually be holding tango courses in La Rogaia in the 23rd year.

So many difficulties and not even the COVID19 pandemic have stopped us from going on! We look back on many wonderful courses with great teachers and participants.
Here are our memories of the first tango morning in La Rogaia.

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Pera cotta

Recipes from La Rogaia: Pere cotte - Baked pears in red wine

Even after Christmas, baked apples with cinnamon and raisins taste wonderful, for example on cold winter evenings in front of the fireplace.

Today we have an Umbrian variant with pears for you, of course another recipe from Mamma Ornella, prepared and photographed by Amira.

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Anna & Luigi. Foto: Michele Benigni

Longing for togetherness

Experiencing beautiful things together with others has become difficult for all of us in times of Corona - also and especially for tango dancers.

It only made us more aware of what is important to us about dancing tango.

Here are our thoughts on this:

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Happy New Year and a Big Thank You


A piece of blue sky and even a few rays of sun - finally.

At th end of a difficult year we want to do mainly one thing:
We want to say Thank you!

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Panna Cotta with rose syrup

La Rogaia Recipes: Panna Cotta with Flower Syrup

The rose garden of La Rogaia opens again!

From mid-June we can welcome guests. To celebrate the end of the "Decameron", Amira has prepared a panna cotta with syrup made from roses and lilac flowers from our garden.

See you again at Villa La Rogaia!

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Sleeping Beauty Rogaia

When we came to La Rogaia more than twenty years ago, part of the garden was overgrown with blackberry bushes. And indeed, in the Umbrian dialect "le roghe" means: thorny brush ...

We then set about planting a garden and the name "ROGAIA" stood for us as an abbreviation for "ROse GArden In Advance"

The roses have grown and they bloom more beautifully every year - this year too. And our two daughters these days sometimes feel like living in a remote enchanted castle.

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Recipes from the "Decameron": "Stuck in paradise" and an Orange-Fennel-Carpaccio

Our garden is particularly beautiful these days.

Aurora - the "dawn" - and Amira - the "princess" - enjoy it to the fullest.
It is - like the garden of the Villa from the Decameron - a little paradise.

But sometimes they feel a bit “stuck in paradise”.
Aurora tells you about it.

And Amira presents you a new recipe:
A carpaccio with oranges and fennel - as colorful and fresh as spring!

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