Tuesday, August 11

Pennabilli: An Artists Hideaway in a Hilltop Town

Another gorgeous sunny Italian day, another gorgeous hilltop town to explore! Next up on the list of uncharted villages, Pennabilli in northern Le Marche ~

What a view!

This charming town found at the foot of Mount Carpegna is filled with art & antiques! Venture deeper into town & you discover countless sundials fit snug in-between shutters & "the sanctuary of thoughts" created by the imagaination of local poet Tonino Guerra.

The village was created out by the merger of two ancient castles; the castles of Billi, which stood on the “rocky spur”, and Penna that stood on the “big rock”. It was initially a feud of the Carpegna and then the Malatesta families. A rich history with Etruscan settlements & even the Pope's confessor lived in town!

Pop in to the (I think only) Enoteca Osteria in town - just off the main piazza for traditional local dishes - the ravioli is fantastic! Then head right across the street for homemade artisan gelato!!

For more on Pennabilli - click here!
If you are looking for a beautiful drive & a lazy stroll about a sweet untouristy town - than this makes a great day trip!
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