We are a four generations run property in Italy between Umbria & Tuscany overlooking the Lake Trasimeno
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We host wonderful yoga retreats with teachers from all over the world
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Dogana Wedding Brochure 2024
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Yoga & Writers Dogana Retreats
New 2023 retreats dates are finally out both for yoga and for writers in our two venues.
Organic Olive Oil new harvest
Soon our organic olive oil harvested by hand in our venue is soon available in our shop
Maria Casale Scacchi is the grand-grand mother of Lucia and one of the first women in Italy with a BA in chemistry at Torino University. She discovered the ammonia synthesis formula (the one we use in all cleaning products). With the money the government gave to Maria for this discovery she bought in 1938 La Dogana falling in love of the lake area and its nature.
“Dogana” means custom house, the venue was one of the many custom houses in Italy diving the borders. In particular, our is at the border between Umbria and Tuscany. Indeed many famous historic figures such as Hans Christian Andersen, Lord Byron, Goethe, Michelangelo and many other passed by our venue.
The estate was then inherited by Lucia de Ferrari, grand-mother of Lucia from which she took the name, that was a precursor of the nowadays agricolture systems, she built the first water system that took water from the lake to irrigate all fields. She also was one of the first women that took the driving licence for airplane in Italy!
In 1970 the venue was inherited by her son Emanuele de Ferrari that made huge investments transforming part of the estate for tourist, being the first in Umbria to rent apartments instead of rooms with the idea of give a strongest sense of holiday with nature.
Today Lucia, the daughter of Emanuele, after a BA in Marketing at the American University runs la Dogana preserving the philosophy, the love and the work of all her family.
FAMILY & AGRICULTURE
La Dogana is a family run historical estate looking to the Trasimeno lake, set amongst 4,000 olive trees that produce every year our delicious organic olive oil. It is formed by the one building the lake house and two independent houses: the coach house and the woodcutter’s house.
The venue is close to the lovely towns of Passignano, Cortona and Tuoro sul Trasimeno. With beaches close-by, boat trips to islands and direct trains to Florence (1.5 hour) and Rome (2.5/3 hours), there are plenty of activities to do. At 40 minutes distance the town of Pienza, Siena, Montefalco, Montepulciano.
Today Lucia and her father Emanuele de Ferrari run the venue preserving the work of their ancestors and the beauty of its nature, Lucia is the fourth generation running the estate.
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The Lake House is a 1800 century villa formed by eleven apartments each with a living-room, bathroom, kitchenette and one or two bedrooms. Moreover, there are two independent houses in the ancient wood of the property: the coach house (bride and groom house) and the woodcutter’s house that can accommodate up to 8 guests.
On the top of our hill among the olive trees there is our swimming-pool, 26 meters x 5.5 meters long with a bathroom, sun beds, umbrellas and a designed secret garden and a wonderful view over the lake and its islands.
At the center of the property our restaurant that is exclusive for our venue guests offering breakfasts and dinner for retreats and events and a package of four dinners for our holiday guests.
In the lowest part of Dogana a small vegetable garden, Lucia beloved piece of paradise, where all guests can go to pick up some vegetables, fresh eggs, enjoy the flowers and pet the farm animals (special breed of chickens, geese, rescued horses, bees).
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We organise seven days retreats in our venue that include yoga lessons, delicious food, accommodation, town tours and many other activities.
Our teachers are world-wide. Lucia will show you beautiful small jewellery towns, super particular extra activities and people with their beautiful stories.
All our food is with local products “from the farm to the table” and we offer also gluten free and lactose free menu options.
We put lots of love in any detail of the week.
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Our 4 days event bundle built by Eleonora and Samuele our in-house wedding planner (fluent English) owners of Il Cerimoniere Weddings has everything you need to host your wedding in Italy. We can help you organise everything for your special day – from the ceremony to the wedding reception, music, bride make-up and hairstylist, to fantastic international photographers.
La Dogana offers a choice of options for your welcome night, wedding reception, ceremony and welcome party. The venue can hosts 62 guests at their apartment (bride and groom included) and up to 90 for your wedding reception.
We organise romantic symbolic ceremony in the garden, civil ceremony in an antique fortress in Passignano town (15 minutes from us) overlooking the lake and catholic ceremony in a stunning church in Cortona town (20 minutes from us).
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Your words, my inspiration!
We had such a perfect stay at La Dogana. Our host Lucia was very accommodating and also had so many helpful suggestions and tips about the available activities and places to visit around town. She even recommended a nice little shop for dresses that I loved! The space is so charming and quaint. Our unit had a great view of Trasimeno Lake from one of the rooms. The pool was clean and really beautiful, nestled up in the hill at the end of a short trail. There was a playground and lots of green space for the kids to run around in. Lucia also took us to meet the horses, the ducks and the chickens, which my kids absolutely enjoyed. It was such a great experience all in all that I’m already looking forward to when we can come back!
This being my first time in Italy and especially to it’s countryside, I found my 7 days at Dogana AMAZING. It’s a charming resort that makes you feel like you could live there. The food was delicious and the pool location couldn’t be better as it overlooks Lake Trasimeno.
But it’s the family friendly service that tips the hat. Lucia and her staff made us feel like we were home. I’d return again and again.
Brenda L Thomas
We stayed at La Dogana for a friend’s wedding. The scenery is absolutely stunning, making it the most beautiful wedding I have ever been to! Lucia couldn’t have been more kind and helpful to make my friend’s wedding perfect for her and her guests. We all stayed in the accommodation which was comfortable and authentic. Would not hesitate to recommend 🙂 xxx
La Dogana ist eine mit viel Liebe in Ferienwohnungen umgewandelte alte Zollstation am trasimenischen See in Umbrien – direkt an der Grene zur Toskana. Land und Leute sind herzlich, kinderlieb und sehr gastfreundlich – ein perfekter Ort zum Ferien machen inmitten von wunderschönen alten Olivenbäumen und zirpenden Grillen!! Unsere Highlights sind bei jedem Besuch der tolle Panoramapool mit unglaublich schöner Aussicht und – last, but never least – Lucia (und ihr Vater Emanuele), die jedem um sich herum mit ihrer erfrischenden Herzlichkeit und ihrer optimistischen Einstellung ein Lächeln auf die Lippen zaubert!
Für mich, meinen Mann und unsere 3 Söhne ist La Dogana einer unserer absoluten Wohlfühlorte. Wir freuen uns schon auf ein Wiedersehen im Sommer!!!
Abbiamo soggiornato alla Dogana ad Agosto ed è un vero piccolo gioiello. Gli appartamenti sono funzionali e dotati di tutto, immersi nel verde. La struttura offre la piscina, con una meravigliosa vista sul lago Trasimeno e ha diversi spazi in comune, pensati anche per i bambini. Il silenzio del posto è ottimo per chi desidera staccare e regalarsi qualche giorno di riposo, la posizione dell’ agriturismo permette di potersi spostare e visitare comodamente sia Umbria che Toscana.
L’atmosfera alla Dogana è stata subito quella di un ambiente accogliente e familiare, sembrava di essere circondati da amici, sia con Lucia (la proprietaria) che il suo staff sembrava di conoscersi da tempo. La colazione con vista lago, con frutta fresca, dolci ogni giorno, marmellate e anche una selezione di salato, faceva cominciare la giornata con spirito diverso. Non siamo riusciti a provare il Bistrot, attivo nel weekend, ma abbiamo avuto occasione di provare la cucina in una cena organizzata per gli ospiti, ed era ottima. A fare davvero la differenza è sicuramente Lucia: gentile, disponibile, alla mano, traspare subito la passione e l’impegno che mette in quello che fa e soprattutto nel far sentire a proprio agio i clienti. Un’onestà, una trasparenza e simpatia che ho trovato in poche persone, ci siamo trovati benissimo sin da subito con lei.
Suggeriamo di leggere la guida che lei stessa cura sul suo sito, completa di posti e di esperienze da provare, è una chicca e vi fa scoprire posti fantastici.
Ci abbiamo lasciato un pezzetto di cuore, speriamo di tornarci quanto prima.
Deze plek is werkelijk fantastisch. De tuin, het zwembad, de omgeving, Lucia, de honden+poezen die verschrikkelijk lief zijn.. Het was echt jammer dat we weg “moesten”, na 2 weken vakantie gevierd te hebben. Het voelt als thuiskomen, maar dan warmer. ♥️
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