A Luxury Country Inn - Umbria

A new Painting by Barbara Fluty

Inspired by the general ambiance of the near-by Umbrian hill towns and by so many of the picturesque details, from her own photo taken while visiting Spello, Barbara just finished this remarkable…and ever-so charming 24″x 30″ oil painting: to learn more about Barbara’s art or to inquire about any particular painting featured in my last blog post, do feel free …


May 2016 View from Genius Loci Country Inn

10th Anniversary Celebration

As Genius Loci celebrates its 10th season, I have enjoyed pouring through old photographs and am so very pleased to share visual moments of and some thoughts from this amazing adventure. Even with our clear vision for an inviting inn, anchored in but not limited to, Umbrian tradition (its rural setting,  antique building materials, architectural details, no-fuss furnishings, and colors), reaching our …


The Island of Ponza – Final Part 3 – Food and Return to Formia

Driving around the island at different times of day, the light was very different, offering spectacular sights and varying colors of the crystal clear waters. the sights, amusing or stunningly gorgeous, never ceased to amaze.  Each evening we ended our blissful days with a late dinner at Punta Incenso Restaurant, a family run, informal place that served dinner only.  Several …


The Island of Ponza – Part 2

leaving Ponza port for a full day boat excursion, from 9 AM – 6 PM with six leisurely stops for swimming  on the private charter boat “Orca” with just 12 passengers We circled the entire island of Ponza and the island of Palmarola, mesmerized by its turquoise, cobalt blue, and emerald green waters and the few sandy beaches. The warm …


The Island of Ponza – Part 1

Ponza is called the Pearl of the Mediterranean islands.  I am not sure if I would call it the pearl  -  but I would certainly consider it one of the island pearls.  Strangely, since it is somewhat closer to us than Capri, Ischia and Elba, we had never been.  On a whim, we grabbed an opportunity and took off the …


A March favorite

  Early to mid-March is the much-anticipated beginning of artichoke season – the “mamme” as they are called in Tuscany or the”cimaroli” as they are called in Umbria:  the  very first, central, round-with-no-choke artichoke of the plants. While there are many delicious ways to cook these delicacies, one of our favorites is a simple version, taking advantage of the super-sweet …


Wild Asparagus and Shrimp Pasta

Like most of the locals, we forage for the treats of the season or for specialties when we travel.  Maurizio goes repeatedly into the woods next to Genius Loci in March-April to pick the delicious wild asparagus, freezing copious amounts for use throughout the year.  While there are many great uses (omelette, bruschetta topping, risotto, in a light tomato sauce …


Mesmerizing Magnificent Memling Mostra

   HANS MEMLING  Actually, hyperbole (sublime, unforgettable, splendid, fantastic)  more than simple alliteration would better suit this remarkable exhibition! Hans Memling belongs among the most important painters of the Flemish primitives. There is an exceptionally large number of his panels that have been preserved. This includes some one hundred altar pieces, devotional triptychs and diptychs and around 30 subtle, idealised …


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 …