A Luxury Country Inn - Umbria

A New Year’s Eve Day Surprise

  Snow is rare and has gone missing for several years.  High temperatures below 32° F are front-page news…but a near whiteout with freezing winds is unheard of!  Unlike our little Virgola, let’s hope the olive flies have no winter sweaters! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR FRIENDS OF GENIUS LOCI


December Vacation – Part 6 – Plenty of Work to Do

Once home…we had plenty of work to do.  We unloaded our ice-packed fish, cleaning and dividing it into what we wanted to cook up immediately and what we intended to freeze. Using our own tomatoes, we made the base for il brodetto, a tomato-based (with celery, garlic, leeks, parsley and peperoncino) fish soup which is one of our favorite dishes. We …


December Vacation – Part 5 – The Drive Home

The three-hour drive home from Comacchio is quite varied.  Picturesque fishing villages, yacht harbors, fruit and vegetable stands, canals with typical net fishing and the few and far between farm houses in the mist (when not in the heavy fog) provide inviting photography opportunities.    Leaving the coast and the flat landscape, heading inland, the hills welcome us home as …


December Vacation – Part 4 – Comacchio

  Comacchio is the most original and fascinating  historic town in the Po Delta – a maze of canals, brightly colored buildings and bridges.       Fought over by Ferrara and Ravenna, Popes and Emperors for centuries, its origins go far back: it rose up on 13 islets at the dawn of the Middle Ages and founded its urban …


December Vacation – Part 3 – Ferrara continued

  Another day of bright sun greeted us as we were off after breakfast to the near-by Renaissance Palazzo Diamante (Biagio Rossetti 1493-1503) which is home to the National Art Collection of Ferrara. We discovered a new-to-us local Mannerist painter, Garofolo, whose paintings were remarkable: il Palazzo Diamante also houses an interesting medieval art collection and other early Renaissance paintings …


December Vacation – Part 2 – Ferrara

the remarkable XIII century Romanesque façade of the Ferrara Cathedral and below, the massive Este Castle  -  both just around the corner from our hotel a typical trattoria – Hostaria Savonorola the famous Ferrara bread detail of the central loggette of the façade detail of the Este Castle reflected in the waters of the moat  one of the immense Castle …