In September of 1972, Skaneateles hosted jet-setting royalty. Count and Countess Pier Arrigo Braschi and their daughter Francesca, of San Marino, Rome and New York, came here via Newport, where they had just attended a reception for Jacqueline Onassis. The Skaneateles Press noted, “They had visited Skaneateles sixteen years ago and wanted to show their daughter ‘the most beautiful village in the United States.’”
While in the village, the family stayed at the Sherwood Inn and were entertained at lunch at the Skaneateles Country Club by Miss Lynn Abrams.
The Braschi family is descended from 12th-century Italian nobility; the family tree includes Giovanni Braschi, who as Pope Pius VI reigned from 1775 to 1799. In addition to being a Count, Pier Braschi is San Marino’s longtime ambassador to Colombia (the native land of his wife, Nubia) and active in philanthropy. More importantly, the Count was once photographed by the legendary Slim Aarons.
Count Pier Arrigo Braschi in the Piazza della Liberta, San Marino, circa 1984