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!
Autumnis the peak seasonfor theprecioustrufflestubers.Umbriais the largesttruffleproducerin ItalyandmanyallegedlyPiedmontesetruffleshave been growingunder Umbriantrees. It is an unforgettable experience to accompanyatruffle hunterandhis dogin the search forthe covetedtubers.
Especially in summerLake Trasimenois a popular destination.Accordingly, there isan abundance of restaurants,somebetter,some worse. In order that youwill not befobbed off withbad foodin"tourist traps",here are our recommendations for the bestrestaurants inthe townsaround LakeTrasimeno.
Last Fridaywe went to the live concert of one of the greatestchansonniers inItaly:PaoloConte.Withhis78 yearsheis a living legend: an unconfoundable warmsmoky voice,poetic lyricsandsophisticated arrangements. He surely is oneofour favoritemusicians.Plus awarmItaliansummer night,the skyline ofPerugia, a cool beer ...whatmore could you want!
Thesecond half of Julyisrich in events in Passignano sul Trasimeno.
Firstthe"PaliodellBarche",the traditionalboat raceon LakeTrasimeno.It is celebrated with lots of food music and historical races for a whole week.Then at the end of Julythe"FestadeiBarbari"in our villageCastel Rigone,a wildspectacle thatleads backto the timeof the Goths.Andthe"TrasimenoBluesFestival"withgreatconcertsevery nightinPassignanoand inother villagesaround the lake.
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.
Ifyou havealready playedwith the idea oflearning how to danceTangoArgentino some day butneverfoundthe time and leisure in your everyday life, the"Tango Holiday" at LaRogaia August 29 to September 5, 2015 might be THEopportunity..
Italy has many different attractions and starting from LaRogaia one canquicklydiscover awide variety oflandscapes.It only takes atwo-day trip.Andwhat we haveseenon a weekendin mid-Marchyou can read here.
Even though weare prettyspoiled by theexcellent cuisineof our cookOrnella,we sometimeslike toeat out.Notmany placesin Umbria can take onOrnella'scooking skills, but the followingrestaurants are definitely worth a try.