A Luxury Country Inn - Umbria

Renoir’s “Onions”

Knowing about my art history background, one of the most common questions guests ask me is “what is your favorite painting?”  They are clearly expecting me to name one of the great Italian masters, perhaps a Botticelli or Leonardo or Raphael.  I have always answered that I loved too many to simply name just one.  Last year, a guest insisted, …


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 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 …


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