Meet Our Team
Il Borgo Di Olive
- To keep in mind the needs and comfort of townspeople, vacationers, hunters, and tourists alike…providing an authentic Umbrian experience with exacting standards of service and beauty.
- To appreciate the contributions of all those who work with us.
- To practice environmental sustainability in our renovation and our daily practice, being mindful of our use of natural resources and putting discarded materials and artifacts to new use whenever possible.
- To respect and share the history of this property and the culture of the region.
- To make the project financially sustainable while also being affordable for our guests.
The J M C Team
Meg has 35 years of experience as a decorative painter, designer, and manager of major renovations in both the hospitality industry and real estate. A Rhodesian by birth, she has lived in Europe and the United States, but found her true home in Sismano.
Meg is the guiding force behind Il Borgo di Olive and is recognized in the community for her love of the region’s history, boundless enthusiasm and attention to detail. During the renovation, she could be found climbing scaffolding, painting murals, toting bags of manure and doing anything else needed to get the project done.
With 17 years of experience in all aspects of planning major events for companies and organizations worldwide, Jenny is delighted to use her skills for a more personal venture, Il Borgo di Olive.
Some of Jenny’s best childhood memories are of Italy, where her nona lived in Cinzano. She loved the tastes, smells, and experiences of the countryside, and with this project she can share her deep connection to Italy — its land and people, history and culture — with her three young children.
THE SILENT C’s
Although not officially part of JMC, Colleen Ollefse and Carlene Larsson have been critical to the JMC effort.
Colleen, a South African now living in London, is a decorative painter who has worked with Meg on many projects. She spent six months creating the colorful vibrancy of the suites and restaurants of the borgo.
Carlene, who lives in New York City, translates Meg’s vision into words — from initial proposals, to the website, to Excel financials — whatever needs to be done.
The Sismano Team
The genius of master builder and stone mason Gheorghe Jitea is visible everywhere at Il Borgo di Olive. His crowning achievement may be La Taverna’s giant forno oven, which he built from an ancient design.
Listen for the infectious laugh of caretaker Simoni Marcucci, as he tends the garden, stocks the fireplaces, keeps the pool pristine, and does anything else that needs to be done.
Emanuela Vignaroli, Meg’s assistant and office manager, uses her 25 years of secretarial experience to handle whatever comes her way with patience, good humor and a smile.
Cook Marina Fargna comes from a long line of Contadina chefs, all experts in farm-style cooking using local seasonal ingredients. She is responsible for the delicious Umbrian specialties on our menu.
The work of renowned blacksmith Renzo Contili graces every space in the borgo, with lighting, bannisters and entryway arches that honor medieval design and tradition.
And last but not least is Biscotti, a new arrival from the local dog shelter, courtesy of Meg’s grandchildren.
12 Borgo Corsini,
05020 Sismano TR