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Penne is an historic hilltop town in the Abruzzo region of Italy. Sitting in the hills between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea, Penne has fine examples of medieval architecture and is a fine example of authentic Italy.
Only two and a half hours from Rome, Penne is a pleasant place to visit at all times of the year, when you can walk the cobbled streets to visit the boutiques and gift shops selling local wares.
The Archaeological Museum G.B. Leopardi of Penne and The Municipal Diocesan Museum of Penne are two of the many small museums in Penne that are worth a visit. The busy Saturday market is popular with both locals and tourists and recommended for those seeking a bargain!
The Abruzzo Region Nestled halfway down Italy’s Adriatic coast, opposite Rome, Abruzzo has been described as the ‘green heart of Europe’ and is Italy’s most protected region. A third of its 11,000 sq km is designated as national park and is home to rare wildlife such as Marsicano bears, chamois and golden eagles There are two spectacular mountain ranges, the Maiella and Gran Sasso, dotted with some of the least visited hill towns in Italy. There are 17 ski resorts in Abruzzo and the slopes are said to be central Italy’s finest, in spring it’s even possible to combine a morning's skiing with an afternoon on the beach! In addition, the coastline boasts 133km of golden beaches, creeks and cliffs....making Abruzzo an excellent year round holiday destination. Abruzzo also holds some of Italy's best-preserved medieval and Renaissance hill towns. Although rich in natural beauty and history, Abruzzo is only just starting to be discovered by tourists, so it is still authentic Italy The town of Penne Penne is one of the most important towns in the province of Pescara, a reference point for the Vestina area. It is the ideal place for all types of stays: both in the summer and the winter since, with a drive of just 40 minutes, it is possible to reach the mountains where, in the summer, there are beautiful walks and, in the winter, equipped ski slopes on the peaks. In addition to this, there are also the sunny seaside resorts just 30 mins away with their crystal clear waters for bathing. The town of Penne is defined as the ‘town of bricks’ due to its having been built almost entirely in cotto terracotta on the tops of four hills. On two of which the medieval centre still rises between the valleys of the Tavo and Fino rivers, amid a landscape of green hills and oak woods. To the west, the mountain ridge of the Apennines are visible just a few kilometres away. The ancient town centre is well preserved, a maze of narrow, cobbled, alleys, surrounded by 15th century walls. The main access to the town is particularly picturesque, through the S. Francesco gate with its decorated frontispiece, and is the work of De Sio. Penne's churches include the 12th century Santa Maria, and the Duomo, which now houses the Diocese Museum including a crypt dating from the 8th century. The town has a lively festival at the end of August each year, and there is a market every saturday morning. You will find that the town has a warm and very friendly atmosphere. A number of artistic-artisan workshops are active in the town, with the production of Pennesi majolica earthenware's, serigraph prints, embroideries, traditional weavings, jewellery, wrought iron and copper work and fine cabinet making. Penne also represents a point of access to the Gran Sasso National Park through the Lake of Penne Nature Reserve, a WWF oasis where it is possible to participate in guided visits. This oasis includes a centre for environmental education, a nature trail with observation huts for those interested in the avifauna, an animal first-aid centre, an artisan workshop, a botanical garden, a naturalistic museum, two aquariums and a centre where otters are bred. Penne is close to the Gran Sasso National Park, and as soon as you leave the town you are into wonderful countryside, which is ideal for those who enjoy walking. Full & half day guided walks from Penne can be arranged. Some of the walks available are: The Calderone Glacier, The Monastery of San Bartolomeo, "Little Tibet" & Spectacular Majella Gorges. The nearby resort of Pescara has fantastic shopping, nightlife and seafood restaurants. A 35 minute drive takes you to Montesilvano with its lovely beach. There is also Pineto, a resort known for its pine woods. The Passo Lanciano ski resort is approx 45 mins drive (www.passolanciano.com), and an excellent 18 hole golf course is approx 40 mins drive away. Children will love the Onda Blu Water Park, which can be reached in approx 1 hour
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