A Luxury Country Inn - Umbria

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 …


Crimson and Gold at Genius Loci – November 7-14, 2014

Meet the Mighty Ten Crimson and Golders 2014:  (from the left – Michelle, Dan, Deb, Lynette, Lou, Julie, Mark, David, Jolie and Becky)                celebrating a very special day with prosecco at breakfast            the romance of  ”roasting chestnuts on an open fire…”               …


Harvesting Our Traditional

Skirting the recent rainy days, we have been harvesting the rest of our olives this week for our Genius Loci Early Harvest Traditional Extra Virgin Olive Oil.    We borrowed an expert team of five from our olive mill owner, a team which works with the latest and best equipment and with an array of continuous netting which makes the …


Frantoi Aperti

Walking into the Tasting Room of the olive mill where Maurizio’s family has gone for four generations to press their olives on the Frantoi Aperti weekend in early November is always exciting:  jovial crowds of locals, log fire toasting of bruschette, buffets with an array of Petesse’s very own organically cultivated and in-season specialties…all doused generously…and proudly… with the newly …


Harvesting Our Premium

 gorgeous mid-October days for our “earlier-than-early” olive harvest On October 14 and 15 we harvested “earlier-than-early” the olives for our Genius Loci Premium Grade Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  As you may have read in a former blog post, there is more and more supporting evidence that early harvested olives contain additional elements –  thus providing additional health benefits.  Traditionally, we …


“Early Harvest” Olive Oil

  freshly pressed, pure organic extra virgin olive oil  The olive oil health benefits are widely known and are believed to include protection from Alzheimer’s, cancer and treatment of painful arthritis. The exciting recent discovery that olive oil contains a health-promoting polyphenol called oleocanthal challenges the assumption previously held by nutrition experts that olive oil health benefits come mainly from …