The artist Wolfgang Sandt and his wife Annette Greifenhagen have been living on the green hills of Umbria directly above Lake Trasimeno for 20 years - now with their children.
Here they have brought their dream to life: to create an artist's house that combines creativity with Italian joie de vivre. They found the place in 1998 and took the next step immediately after the renovation, namely to make La Rogaia a meeting place.
Six holiday apartments with their own small terraces are available to guests and the self-passionately dancing couple has made La Rogaia a well-known and popular place for the tango scene in central Italy and beyond. Teacher couples from all over the world hold dance classes here, and dancers travel from far to the milongas.
Cooking classes, creative writing workshops and painting and stone sculpture courses are also offered. Often in connection with a very pampering all-round service from Mama Ornella, who has been cooking for guests in La Rogaia for decades and also passes on her knowledge of traditional Umbrian cuisine.
You can find works of art by the sculptor Sandt everywhere in the garden, there are many creative details in the apartments and children can flow freely and freely on the entire site. Some of the apartments are also barrier-free. The Agriturismo La Rogaia has become a lively, densely populated place where all the colorful diversity of people and arts can be found far away from the hectic pace of everyday life.
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ArchitectureVilla La Rogaia dates from the 18th century. In 1998 the artist Wolfgang Sandt and his wife Annette Greifenhagen bought it and renovated it mainly with their own help with the help of a small local construction company. The residential buildings are made entirely of natural stone and have been renovated in the old style using local materials.
FoodAs it should be for a real agriturismo, a lot of food is made here. From olive oil to pasta and of course all kinds of vegetables and fruits in fresh or processed form. Anything that cannot be produced in-house comes from farms and suppliers in the direct region. What is cooked is what is seasonal and what is traditionally so common in Umbria and neighboring Tuscany. These are, for example, legumes, wild asparagus, mushrooms and truffles and game meat from the area. If that is cooked by the Maestra Ornella who has been working here for decades or can be cooked together with her in one of her cooking classes, there is nothing standing in the way of culinary holiday enjoyment.
Every year, La Rogaia donates part of its advance bookings to "Doctors Without Borders". Some of the employees have been part of the team for 20 years and are often employed all year round and are paid above the standard rate. Fair working conditions with rest periods are a matter of course here and, if necessary, employees can even bring their young children to work. The agriturismo is only partially accessible due to the hilly landscape and the associated impassibility of the terrain. In any case, there are two of the apartments. A specialty arises from the profession of the operator, she is a doctor for psychiatry and psychotherapy and, on special request, offers the occasional care of people with physical or mental disabilities on an hourly, half or full day basis. This allows relatives to enjoy a relaxing break.
EnvironmentIn La Rogaia, hot water and heating are mainly heated with solar energy or where necessary with wood from our own forest. Electricity comes from the photovoltaic system. Over the course of 20 years, the couple have planted around 700 trees in the formerly bare pasture of their agriturismo to improve the microclimate and prevent erosion. Otherwise, organic farming is practiced in La Rogaia and the environment is treated with care. Water comes from underground rainwater storage tanks and from its own spring. Plants adapted to the climate and typical Mediterranean crops that manage with little water grow in the garden.
Well-BeingThe small pool of La Rogaia refreshes with cool water and a view of the landscape. Shiatsu and other massages are offered on site and there are vouchers for the thermal baths in the surrounding area. There are no televisions or music systems in the apartments to switch off better.
Villa La Rogaia is just under two hours from Florence (138 km). From Rome you can reach La Rogaia in about 2.5 hours (200 km). The exact address and directions can be found on the La Rogaia website.
The closest train station is in Passignano sul Trasimeno (12 km away). A pick-up and delivery service from the train station is offered.
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