Archive for April, 2010

For Music lovers The most beautiful Music-Festivals this summer in Umbria

If you love music a holiday in Umbria for you can be an excellent combination of relaxing yourself and enjoying culture. You find almost everything from classical music to jazz and blues. And we dare say everything on an absolutely high level.

Today we present to you four festivals you definitely don´t want to miss.

TRASIMENO MUSIC FESTIVAL, Magione, June 26 to July 2, 2010

The  TRASIMENO MUSIC FESTIVAL was founded by the world famous Canadian piano player Angela Hewitt (recently honoured in Cannes as „best  instrumentalist of the year 2010“, one of the best Bach-interprets world wide).

The castle of the Maltese knights of  Magione, the abbey San Pietro in Perugia and the church San Domenico in Gubbio form the impressive setting for high calibre concerts of classical music with internationally renowned artists and emerging talents. Together with Angela Hewitt 2010 the violoncello player Pieter Wispelwey, the Quartetto di Cremona, the Orchestra di Camera di Mantova and the Soprano Ilona Domnich will give concerts.

UMBRIA JAZZ FESTIVAL, Perugia,  July 9 to July 18, 2010

UMBRIA JAZZ was founded 1973. Today it is one of Europes most important  jazz festivals. During the festival Perugia becomes the favourite place to go for thousands of jazz enthusiasts from all over the world.

Everywhere in the town you can visit small concerts, many of them for free. As every year also at the 2010 edition of UMBRIA JAZZ you will find at Perugia jazz-, rock-, pop-, und blues musicians of international fame.

TUSCAN SUN FESTIVAL, Cortona, July 31 to August 5, 2010

The TUSCAN SUN FESTIVAL takes place annualy in the pittoresque medieval town of Cortona. You can enjoy open air concerts on the Piazza Signorelli oder chamber concerts in the nearby Signorelli theater.

2010 at Cortona will be performing such illustrous artists as the soprano Renée Fleming (two time GRAMMY winner), the violin virtuoso Joshua Bell, ‘BBC Cardiff Singer of the World’, Ekaterina Scherbachenko and cello player Steven Isserlis (Gramophon award winner).

TRASIMENO BLUES FESTIVAL, Lago di Trasimeno, July 22 to August 1, 2010

The TRASIMENO BLUES FESTIVAL is probably the most important blues festival in Italy. In the little towns around Trasimeno Lake you can listen in relaxed atmosphere to legendary blues musicians as well as to spectacular emerging talents, enjoying a cool beer or a good glas of wine. Maybe you also like to dance, once the rhythm hits you. Most concerts are free and listening to the blues in a warm summer night on the lake shore makes you feel almost like being in the Mississippi Delta.

Villa La Rogaia is an ideal starting point for you to visit all these festivals. We will give you first hand information where to go and how to get tickets for concerts.

More information and photos here


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A real insider tip for travelers in Umbria the tulip festival „Festa del Tulipano“ in Castiglione Del Lago

Normally you rather think of Holland when talking about tulips or tulip celebrations. So you might be astonished to hear that there is also a big tulip festival in Italy.

Castiglione del Lago is a pittoresque little town, situated on a peninsula in the Trasimeno Lake, the “Umbrian Sea”. There since 1956 the inhabitants celebrate every year in spring time the “Festa del Tulipano”.

The whole town is decorated with tulip flowers and the locals competing  among each other creating the most beautiful decorations on windows and balconies trying to win

Flower decorations at the "Festa del Tulipano" in Castiglione del Lago

one of the prices awarded by the severe local jury .

During the five days of the tulip festival you can enjoy  entertainment almost around the clock.

You find street theaters, buskers, folk dance groups, processions and games of the „Nobles“ and the „Common people“ in historical costumes, handed down to us in old chronics. On Sunday the festival culminates into a big procession with flower decorated carts, displaying allegorical as well as satirical motives. For this carts literally thousands of tulip flowers (usually the ones to short to be sold) are arranged painstakingly to artistic compositions.

Of course you will find lots of culinary treats as well.

Taverns are set up in the whole town, where you can taste typical dishes based on medieval and renaissance recipes.
The  tulip festival is anchored firmly in the history of Castigliones, everybody is enthusiastic about it and it is really typical Italian. Yet you might like to know  “Who invented it?”…

Do you guess the answer?

It where not the Italians,



“The Dutch”!
In the fifties some Dutch families had settled down in Castiglione del Lago, to cultivate tulip bulbs on the shore of Lake Trasimeno. From their home they brought the custom to salute spring with a tulip celebration and established with the  “Festa del Tulipano” a new tradition in the very heart of Umbria .

By the way: From Villa La Rogaia you can reach Castiglione del Lago and the tulip festival comfortably by car.

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