Penne Italy | Everything You Need to Know About Penne Abruzzo Italy

Penne Abruzzo

Penne Abruzzo Italy

Penne Italy Abruzzo (Province of Pescara, Italy)

Penne in Abruzzo Italy is one of the oldest towns in the Abruzzo region with a rich history dating back 300BC whereby the Vestini tribe that lived in the city named the town it as Pinna and with the rest of the region came under the control of the Romans in the 1sr century BC. Subsequently it came under the control of the Duchy of Spoleto followed by the Kingdom of Sicily.

Penne Italy | Penne Abruzzo
Penne Italy | Penne Abruzzo

Today Penne, Italy is part of the province of Pescara, has been graced with winning the title of “I Borghi più belli d’Italia” or one of the most beautiful villages in Italy as it is known for its ancient buildings and brick churches which are one of the main tourist pulls of Penne – also a fact that is not quite known about Penne is that Brioni, the Italian fashion house is based here whose suits are still hand sewn by Pennese – the same suits that have been worn by James Bond, Luciano Pavaroti and Nelson Mandela.

Some of the local and international tourists alike love to visit Penne in Italy for a day trip to see some of the key sites such as its Churches that date back to 1750 to include:

  • Church of Sant’Agostino
  • Parish Church of Sant’Annunciazione del Signore
  • Church of San Domenico
  • Church of San Panfilo
  • Convent of Santa Maria del Carmine

Penne Abruzzo Italy

The architecture that you would want to explore as you meander through the streets of Penne would include

  • Palazzo Picchetto-Pansa
  • Palazzo del Bono
  • Palazzo Castiglione
  • Roman Cloister
  • Palazzo Gaudiosi
  • Palazzo Aliprandi
  • The Renaissance Tower

Penne Abruzzo Italy is also renowned for its festivals mainly in mid-August comprising of:

  • Palio de Sei Rioni where locals take part in various races. During the festival, the streets of Penne are lined with local food, and crafts.
  • Pecora Nait is a culinary festival mainly around cooking lamb
  • Sagra della Battitura e della Trebbiatura del Grano, which celebrates antique times of milling grain and as usual the streets will be vibrant with various food stalls.
Penne Italy
Penne Italy – A beautiful Medieval Village in Abruzzo Italy


Verdant landscapes and wooded areas surround the Italian medieval center, which until this very day has been very well preserved. The ancient Penne city center features a charming maze of narrow, steep, cobblestone alleys that lead to impressive architectural features and surrounded by ancient walls.

Are you planning on exploring Abruzzo towns and medieval villages like Penne in Abruzzo? Contact Daniela today to enquire about booking your dream Italian Villa. Our Villa puts you in the centre of all things Italian in the Adriatic Coast of Italy’s Abruzzo region.


24 thoughts on “Penne Italy | Everything You Need to Know About Penne Abruzzo Italy

    • Hi, we are looking at Penne for an apartment to buy. Did you buy? Where are you from? We are in the US. Is it a hassle to buy in Italy? The prices are so great.

      • Hello, from Columbus, Ohio.

        I have my paternal farm house fort sale in Pianella, not too far from Penne.
        It is located in Contrada Collevecchio, 6. Very interesting house.
        Call me at 1-614-833-5716 (USA).

  1. Hello,
    My husband and I are traveling to Penne next week to look for property there. We are retired and live in Florida. Good luck with your purchase.

    • Hi Michael congratulations on your apparent in Penne 🙂

      There is a growing number of expats moving to Penne and Abruzzo and there is a small community on Facebook called Abruzzo expat community that you may wish to also join – and hopefully anyone on this Penne Abruzzo post that may wish to chime in. Hope this helps! 🙂

      • We have had an apartment in Penne since 2002 (20 years).
        For the last 7 years an embargo has been placed on it due, as I understand to minor damage caused by a quake.
        The commune are committed with no charge, to undertake. The said minor repairs.
        It seems like there has been little or no work carried out and information and updates is next to zero.
        Have you or others suffered the same experience?
        Regards James

        • Hi James. I appreciate this is a long time for a reply but my family are in the same position and still no further forward with when work will begin. Has your situation progressed yet? I fear the work will not be started/completed in our lifetime!! Such a shame as Penne is a beautiful place.
          Kind regards, Gill

    • By reading this thread it looks like if not already, many are moving there to Abruzzo as fast as they are able!” I do not blame them as it sounds like it will be much better with our high prices and situations going on in the U.S. Many are ready to run off and start over! My grandfather came from Italy. If he saw it as it is going now, it makes me wonder if he would have seen it as such a rich place?. Sounds like you may be right by considering it perhaps?

  2. Michael,
    We recently purchased an apartment in Penne and will live there part-time.. I would like to know if you have been in touch with other Americans. We will be at our new home from mid-March to end of April 2022.

  3. My husband and I will be there in October 2022 to look for a home, any suggestions for Americans trying to purchase? We will need a partial mortgage, we plan to retire there in a few years. Trying to figure out how to work remotely and live there full time. Is there an ex-pat community forum? We have reached out to 2 realtors and an Italian lawyer for help, but since it’s not “now” not too many positive responses. Any suggestions?

    • We purchase a beautiful villa near Penne. We were helped by the great folks at Abruzzoreality.com. Now if we can only figure out the garbage collection…

  4. We had a great buying experience with Daniela Giangiulio of Love Abruzzo Properties and strongly recommend her. We closed on our apartment last November and she was extremely helpful through the whole process and made it a great experience. We live most of the year near Charlotte NC but have found a great second home ‘dolce vita” in Penne. If you contact Daniela, please tell her we sent you.

    • Michael & Liz – I just today began communications with Daniela regarding buying an apartment in Penne. It is quite comforting to know you had a good experience with her. She has been very quick to respond to my questions and requests.

  5. My great grandparents are from Penne. Came to the US around 1916. Hoping to visit in the next couple of years. Wonder if I have any family still in the area and where I could find any public documents or information about my ancestors. Last name Zarrella

    • Hello Tina, in the past many Italians from Abruzzo were adventurous and left their home in Abruzzo to seek opportunities. While some came back to Abruzzo others remained in their new home abroad. For our guests that stay in the Villa we work with a reputable agency that trace your Italian roots and share with you the places, food, lifestyle and traditions of your ancestors. Please do feel free to send me a private email message and if you like I can help connect you to that agency. They are also based in Abruzzo.

  6. Hello people
    Does anyone know how to get from Pescara to Penne (by public transport) on a Saturday.

  7. Hello,
    I’m a single female senior and looking to buy an apartment or townhouse in Penne, Abruzzo which looks absolutely charming. Most of the comments (not just this forum) come from retired couples looking to move to Italy and buy, but I don’t hear anything from single women doing it. I would like to hear from other single retired ladies that are interested also in doing this to start a communication and exchange ideas, experiences etc. Also, how is the public transportation system in that region? To get to larger cities, airports etc?. Or do you simply have to have a car?
    thank you


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