A Luxury Country Inn - Umbria

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 – 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 …


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 …


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 …


A Winter Vacation – Part 3

THE  TRENT SCIENCE MUSEUM  Trent is proud of its new museum – we would like to share with you some photos of our full day there and a video for those of you who would like to know more about this new Renzo Piano designed science museum. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWpSs3Pw3p0&feature=youtu.be It is easy to spend the entire day, have lunch in the …


A Place I Love

A Place I Love There are few places I love as much as the small Alpine village of Moos, South Tyrol, in the Italian Dolomites, only 9 kilometers from the Austrian border.  We discovered it back in 1987 after searching for years for the ideal Alpine village, valley, altitude to escape the July heat… and view of the amazing Dolomites. …


A Winter Vacation – Part 1

With the olive oil and wine orders’ shipments all taken care of, Maurizio and I finally got away for a week in mid-December to Bolzano in South Tyrol, Trent and Verona, visiting their three German-inspired/festive Christmas markets, the new Renzo Piano-designed Science Museum and the extraordinary 110 paintings Verso Monet art exhibition. Our first destination was beautiful Bolzano.  No sooner had we …


Dreaming of Snow

As we continue to endure a long, hot summer, I dream of snow!  I dream of our Family Christmas last year in South Tyrol, reassuringly bundled up, amazingly cozy and comfy by the fireplace, overwhelmingly enchanted by gorgeous winter scenes out of our windows in Brixen, Trent, and Moso. enjoying the gorgeous fresh snow at Christmas in South Tyrol finding …


1420 – The Early Renaissance and the Late Gothic

Northern vs. Southern Renaissance Masaccio and JanVan Eyck As anticipated I wanted to get back to my entry on the Flemish Primitives – a much misleading name which came into use in the 19th century, perhaps simply for the lack of anything better.  There is no negative connotation, as it might seem, in the use of the word “Primitives”. Rather, …