Spacious, carefully restored house inside medieval walls, two terraces. On ground floor of old palazzo, vaulted brick ceilings, thick walls, handmade terracotta tiles in day zone, travertine tiles in bathrooms, herringbone oak parquet in bedrooms. Large well-equipped kitchen with a generous dining area. Four bedrooms, three bathrooms. Large terrace towards Franciscan monastery and Majella mountains, small terrace downstairs. A blend of antique and modern furniture. Wireless broadband internet.
Three min from the main piazza. Stroll the cobbled alleys of this bustling town, famous for its brick facades; drop into one of its museums; enjoy a drink in one of the many cafés, a splendid meal in one of its better restaurants; or explore the pleasant tracks of nearby Lago di Penne. Beaches or tracked mountain routes are within half an hour’s drive. Easily accessible from international airports in Pescara (35 min) or Rome (2,5 h). Inexpensive rental car from the airport.
Penne is beautifully located at the foot of the Gran Sasso, with the highest peaks of the Appennines, yet only 30 minutes by car from Pescara and other Adriatic beaches. Unlike many old hill towns, Penne remains vibrant with lots of restaurants, cafés, and shops of all kinds inside the medieval walls, as well a cathedral and numerous churches and museums. Big street market on Saturdays. Nice tracks around the Lago (lake) di Penne only 5 minutes outside town. Penne is older than Rome and was the capital of the Vestini people before becoming an important Roman town; later it was the capital of Abruzzo. Its rebellion in 1837 against the Bourbon rulers of Naples and Sicily was among the early sparks of Italy’s risorgimento and unification. Only 35 minutes from Pescara’s international airport, served by Ryanair direct flights from London, Barcelona, Bergamo/Milan, Brussels, Cagliari, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Paris; also direct flights from Bucarest (Whizz), Milan (Alitalia) and Rome (3 daily flights, Alitalia).
Information and pictures of the Lago di Penne nature reserve is provided by the local authorities, Cogecstre.
Featuring Penne’s main buildings and sights is the series posted by ViaggioinAbruzzo; on their site you can also see pictures of nearby towns like Loreto Aprutino, Pianella and Pescara, indeed of most towns in not only the Province of Pescara but the entire region of Abruzzo, which also includes the provinces of l’Aquila, Chieti, and Teramo.