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 Delights of Modena -Part 1

 We have raced by Modena over these many years countless times on our summer trips to the Alps.  Invariably I said, “we must plan a trip someday to visit the Duomo” with Maurizio chiming in…”and to Maranello”.  In April, the perfect opportunity presented itself:  Modena was a viable midpoint for meeting up with some special Genius Loci guests/friends for a …


47° Wedding Anniversary

 at the low-key, rustic Locanda del Rovicciano   note the 1600s original terracotta floor  a cozy table by the fire, welcomed with a chilled glass of Prosecco  perfectly toasted bruschette with black leafed cabbage, Sienese lardo and liver patè  paper-thin pasta homemade ravioli with roasted fennel and leek filling served with burrata and honey dried tomatoes  the house wine: a …


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 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 …