A Luxury Country Inn - Umbria

A Medieval Festival in Bevagna

  June is a magical month at Genius Loci:  we are surrounded by endless fields of stately, majestic sunflowers, the days are long with balmy evenings…and just down the road, Bevagna is alive and abuzz with one of Italy’s most highly acclaimed and marvelous festivals.  Il Mercato delle Gaite runs for 10 days in the second half of June. This period …


Sagra della Cipolla Festival

  Food Festivals abound in Umbria.  Traditionally they were always centered on a local food of the town where the sagra was held.  More recently, eager to jump on the bandwagon, many towns have sadly “invented” sagre that have nothing to do at all with their own tradition or have hired “teams” from other regions to come in to run …


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 …


The Delights of Modena – Part 2 – Mercato Albinelli

“You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.” – Paul Prudhomme Nowhere does that ring any truer than in Italy or is any more apparent than at Italy’s magnificent food markets.  Visiting the markets wherever we happen to be visiting is always at the top of our To Do list!  Those in Bolzano, Verona, Venice, Bologna, and Florence stand …


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 …


Isn’t Variety the Spice of Life?

To those of you kind enough to follow my blog, I apologize for seemingly having disappeared from the face of the earth.  I spent the month of February with my daughter in State College, PA.  For many reasons…it was indeed a trip to remember!:  weather-related canceled flights, Arctic temperatures, frostbite and a bout of bronchitis.  ”Why in the world would …


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 …