Genius Loci is owned and operated by the Tacconi family, a bilingual and bicultural Umbrian-American family. It is the result of Michael and Maurizio’s painstaking restoration of an 1880s farmhouse in which the antique stones and bricks, hand-hewn oak beams and terracotta floors have been brought back to their original splendor. The operation of Genius Loci is very much a family affair, with Michael, Mary and Maurizio all taking part in making the Inn your welcoming “home away from home”. They all share the hobby of photography and nearly all of these website photos are theirs. Meet the family below!
Michael was born and raised in Umbria. He graduated from Connecticut College in European history before completing a program in International Hotel Management. He worked for years in Hospitality in the States and Italy before becoming actively involved with the Genius Loci restoration. He brings his personal vocation, experience, boyish smile and “simpatia” to Genius Loci.
Mary was born and raised in California and graduated from UC in art history. More than 40 years ago she married Maurizio and moved to Umbria. Mary was the inn’s interior decorator, conducts the Gourmet Tastings and Cooking Classes, is in charge of Reservations and shares her unique expat perspective with guests.
Maurizio, a true Umbrian, studied at the University of Rome and has a lifetime of experience in business and construction. While he considers the restoration of Genius Loci his crowning achievement, he also oversees the Genius Loci Sagrantino vineyard and olive groves, fascinated by the intriguing world of wine and olive oil.
Mar, who graduated from Williams College and received her Ph.D. from Yale, is a professor of musicology at Penn State. Her teaching and research focus mainly on the music and art of medieval and Renaissance Florence. Mar is at Genius Loci for short stays in the summer.
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