Umbrian hand weaving has always played an important role in the local economy of Rasiglia, a small Umbrian village on the hill above Foligno, surrounded by woods and river waters.
Woollen mills and dye-works were once the most common industries in this area and in every home there was a loom for hand weaving garments.
When the majority of these businesses were moved to Foligno in the nineteen-sixties, our grandmother Vanda Tonti opened a textile laboratory in her home village Rasiglia so that the tradition of weaving in Italy would not be lost.
At our weaving workshop, Luciana, heir to this noble tradition, will introduce you to an ancient craft carried out with the passion of those who guard a family secret.
Today, in addition to the loom, many period tools are on display and, thanks to the philological work carried out on old yarns, we will show you the original designs of yesteryear. The patterns that we still produce today are exactly those of two centuries ago: simple, geometric and able to be repeated in several variations.
Before your visit to the workshop we will guide you through the streets of the village and show you a film explaining the secrets of warpage.
Then Luciana will give you a practical demonstration of how to use a loom for hand weaving and your participation will be essential.
Finally, we will discuss your experiences over a delicious buffet of bruschetta with San Potente extra-virgin olive oil and a whole host of other typical Umbrian products.
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If you prefer to be immersed in the local culture, please be sure to book your stay at Residence Menotre.
The San Potente new olive oil festival was reviewed in the Good Morning Umbria blog and cited as one of the most characteristic popular traditions in Umbria.
The French websites L'Italie à Paris and Acteurs du Tourisme Durable talked about the tasting session for the new San Potente olive oil organised in Paris in to pay tribute to Umbrian delicacies abroad!
A publication of the Province of Perugia has paid a nice tribute to our grandmother Mrs Vanda Tonti as one of the leading women of Umbrian entrepreneurs. The most important events of the history of the Tonti woolen mill have been also described here
The magazine TheAmerican / InItalia covered Luciana’s hand weaving and the story of the Tonti woollen mill in Rasiglia in a wonderful article dedicated to Umbria’s traditional crafts.
Villa Rosy was chosen by the travel planner Megan McCaffrey-Guerrera of Bella Vita Italia for an organised gourmet visit to Umbria. The programme included private dinners, the San Potente new olive oil festival, cooking courses and much more...
Villa Rosy was mentioned in the May 2013 edition of the Italian magazine Dove as part of the Saint Francis of Assisi itinerary.
Dove - May 2013
The editor of the Israeli blog Viva Italia!, Dalit Katzenellenbogen, dedicated an article to Villa Rosy in which it is described as an ideal destination for a gourmet stay in Umbria in the Autumn months. The events not to be missed include the taverns of the Quintana and "I Primi d’Italia" in Foligno, the Settimana Enologica wine event in Montefalco, Eurochocolate in Perugia and the festival of the new extra-virgin olive oil at the San Potente olive grove!
San Potente Agriturismo has been chosen by Tao, another guide about sustainable tourism, as a good example of ecotourism in Umbria that focuses its activity on the conservation of traditions and local cultural heritage.
The French website on sustainable tourism Acteurs du Tourisme Durable has published an interview with Ilaria where she explains our commitment to environmental protection and sustainability through many environmentally-friendly initiatives and activities.
Villa Rosy has been featured by Ambiente Europa, the digital web magazine specialized in the environmental conservation, as perfect location to spend a break in Umbria during the olive harvest.
The Italian magazine In Viaggio released a special issue about Umbria and San Potente has been featured among the best places to be for a cooking class.
In Viaggio - Ottobre 2014
Villa Rosy has been chosen to be the perfect base for an amazing green tour in Umbria with the special partnership of “Umbria Green Card”. You can read all the details of the trip visiting the following link:
Travel memories in Assisi... with great video on the blog!
Thank you Capucine, Thibault, Marion e Baptiste for your visit. #EnjoyUmbria
Villa Rosy has been featured on the travel blog tourdumonde.fr. Thank you Marion & Baptiste! Hope to see you again in Umbria!
Giusi & Alessio from Gente in Viaggio have chosen Villa Rosy has their home base for a blog tour around Umbria between Assisi and the Trasimeno Lake. The home made breakfasts prepared by Corinna have been really appreciated!
Our lovely Ilaria is the author of a travel guide on Northern and Central Italy focused on sustainable tourism. Obviously Umbria and San Potente are also in! The book is in French! BRAVISSIMA!
Corinna has been the spokeswoman of the Umbria DOP extra virgin olive oil producers during the Frantoi Aperti (Open Oil Mills) presentation at Mercato Metropolitano in Milan. Have a look at the video!
The annual appointment with the "Bentornato Olio Nuovo" event (Welcome back freshly pressed olive oil!) has been a real success. Lots of friends and evo oil lovers have visited our farm in Assisi during that day. Read the story of this special feast through the eyes of the journalist Sara Sbaffi from Gente in Viaggio.
The blog Playground Around The Corner has mentioned Villa Rosy as the ideal holiday destination in Umbria when travelling with children. The "Frantoi Aperti" event is surely a great occasion for adults and children to taste a piece of Umbria!
The French radio France Info talked about Umbria in the section "C'est mon week-end" broadcasted on the 21st January and S. Potente has been listed among the best places to go!
Thank you very much Ingrid Pohu!
Il Blog Around Family ha inserito il Residence Menotre nell'itinerario dedicato ai 'posti speciali' dal titolo In Umbria seguendo il suono dell'acqua.
Rasiglia non poteva proprio mancare!
Il blog Umbria 4 Mummy, creato dalle mamme per le mamme in giro per l'Umbria, ha segnalato Rasiglia e le dimostrazioni di tessitura tenute dalla nostra Luciana come meta perfetta per scoprire le tradizioni del territorio.
Fare Digital Media pubblica l'intervista fatta alla nostra Corinna.
Da leggere tutta d'un fiato!
Il Residence Menotre è stato inserito in uno dei quattro itinerari esperenziali del progetto Riparti dai Sibillini per raccontare al meglio il territorio di Umbria e Marche dopo il sisma.
Ecco qualche racconto: