CASA BELLA VISTA

A dream vacation house in a rustic Italian setting

   

About The House About Penne (The Town) About Abruzzo (The Region)
About the House:      Return To Top

This 2 bedroom house was completely renovated in 2005 and offers comfortable furniture, central heating, fully equipped kitchen, wooden shutters, wood and tiled floors and all the conveniences of a modern house.  

The panoramic, 50 sq mt. (500 sq ft.) rooftop terrace on the third floor offers a beautiful view of the village, Adriatic sea and the Gran Sasso Mountains.

First Floor - Entrance hall, Open Living-room/Dining Room (Television, Couch and Love Seat, Dining table to accommodate 6 people); Fully equipped kitchen (Refrigerator, Freezer, Gas oven, hood, kettle & enough crockery to accommodate 6 people). Three large windows (two in Living Room/Dining Room and one in Kitchen)  open to the alley and have great view of the village houses.

  

Second Floor - Bathroom: Shower, WC & Washing Machine. Two Spacious Double Bedrooms: Both are light and airy with wonderful views of the village, the hills and the Gran Sasso Mountain. Each bedroom is comfortably furnished to accommodate 2 people.

          

Third Floor - A large terrace with wonderful views of the Adriatic Sea and the Gran Sasso Mountains.

      

 

About Penne (The Town):    Return To Top

Penne is one of the most important small 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. 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 there are equipped ski slopes on the peaks. In addition, there are also the sunny seaside resorts just 30 mins away with their crystal clear waters for bathing.

 

Penne from distance

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 kilometers away.

 

Penne La Porta San Francescco

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. 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 day festival at the end of August each year, and a market fills the town every Saturday morning. You will find that the town has a warm and very friendly atmosphere.

     

The cobble-stone street on which the house is located

A number of artistic-artisan workshops are active in the town, with the production of Pennesi majolica earthenware's, serigraph prints, embroideries, traditional weavings, jewelry, 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.

The economy of Penne is driven mainly by tourism, agriculture, the regional hospital and Brioni, the Italian fashion house whose suits are still hand sewn by Pennese women.

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.

History

The town is very ancient, having been the seat of government of the Vestini people around 300 BC. Subsequently the area came under Roman authority and Penne can be found on later Roman maps. The town was known as Pinna in ancient Roman times.

Main sights

Penne's churches include the 12th century Santa Maria in Colle Romano, and the Duomo , which now houses the Diocese Museum including a crypt dating from the 8th century.

Nature

The nearby lake of Penne is a nature reserve run by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) whose Abruzzo headquarters are nearby. The marked walk around the lake is well worth doing before it gets too hot in the day. Stunning scenery can be found high up in the mountains with L'Aquila, Rocca Calascio and Santo Stefano di Sessanio all within easy reach and well worth visiting.

 

About Abruzzo (The Region):     Return To Top

Abruzzo is one of the most beautiful regions in Italy and enjoys some of the wildest countryside and most breathtaking views. It is bordered by Marche in the North, Lazio in the West, Molise in the South and the Adriatic Sea in the East. The regional capital is L'Aquila. The region is divided into four provinces: L'Aquila (the largest), Teramo, Chieti (the most populous) and Pescara, Abruzzo's main economic centre.


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Abruzzo is proudly known as the ‘Region of Parks’, as one third of Abruzzo’s territory is subject to environmental protection, including the Abruzzo, Majella and Gran Sasso-Laga national parks.

                                                                                                                  

Gran Sasso National Park - The largest national park in the Abruzzo region, and one of the largest in Italy, the 1,600 sq km National Park of Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga is truly impressive. The landscape consists of mountains, rivers, lakes and waterfalls and is particularly beautiful in the autumn when the region’s clear light accentuate the vibrant colors of the forests and fields. The park also enjoys its fair share of castles, hermitages and stone villages.

National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio, and Molise – Italy’s first national park which was established in 1922 in an attempt to preserve the unique but rapidly diminishing environment that is typical of the Apennine chain.  Highlights include the towns of Pescasseroli, Opi, Barrea, and Villetta Barrea, as well as the incredible sight of Lago di Barrea. 

Majella National Park - Majella is one of Italy’s newest national parks. Founded in 1993, it stretches over 740 sq km between the provinces of Pescara, L’Aquila and Chieti. Majella offers some excellent walks in four main areas: the Morrone mountains in the north-west; the Pizzi mountains in the south-east; Monte Porrara and its surrounding area to the south; and the wide Majella massif in the centre of the park. Majella is famous for its concentration of summits, over thirty of which reach above 2,000m.  Highlights include the hermitages of Santo Spirito di Majella and San Bartolomeo, both of which are a short distance from the town of Roccamorice.

Skiing - Abruzzo has 21 ski areas with 368 km. of runs, all within a few hours of Rome. The most developed resort being Roccaraso, followed by Campo Felice, and Campo Imperatore. Located in the highest region of the Apennines, these ski areas are at heights nearly comparable to many Alpine resorts. Because of their proximity to the Adriatic and winter precipitation patterns, they often have more snow than the Alps. Abruzzo also is popular for cross country skiing, especially on the high plain of Campo Imperatore in the Gran Sasso as well as the Piana Grande in the Majella.

 

Coastline  - Wide sandy shores, high jagged cliffs, narrow creeks & pebble beaches. Abruzzo’s 129 km. long sandy coastline is home to a many popular beach resorts, among them San Vito Chietino, and Vasto on Abruzzo’s southern coast; mid-coast are Silvi Marina, whose sands are considered among the best in Italy, Francavilla al Mare and Pineto, and on Abruzzo’s northern coast are Alba Adriatica and Martinsicuro.

         

In spring it is even possible to combine a morning's skiing with an afternoon on the beach!

Food and Wine As well as the beautiful mountain scenery, stunning walks and easy access to beaches, visitors to Abruzzo can enjoy wonderful food, wine and Italian hospitality. The region is known for a number of particularly 'Abruzzese' dishes, several types of pasta and a host of other gastronomic delights. Amongst the Specialty Foods of Abruzzo is,  Maccheroni alla chitarra which is an egg pasta that is made with a chitarra, a rectangular beech-wood frame, over which fine metal strings, like those on a guitar, are stretched. The thinly rolled pasta dough is laid over the strings and pushed through with a rolling pin, cutting the dough into uniformly fine, long strands. Traditionally, the maccheroni is served with a lamb, tomato and peperoncino sauce, sprinkled with the local Pecorino cheese.

The red wine, Montepulciano D'Abruzzo is well known outside of Italy but you may not be surprised to learn that they keep the really good stuff for themselves. Many of the producers of the best wines produce such small quantities that there is simply not enough to export.

       

Festivals in Abruzzo - No matter what time of the year, you can always find a festival in Abruzzo. These festivals are rich with local culture and traditions and are highlight of the year for locals.

          

Medieval Castles and Fortresses - Abruzzo has many castles and Fortresses. Amongst the most famous are:  the fairy tale castle of L'Aquila, Castel del Monte (AQ), Santo Stefano di Sessanio and many more.  It is well worth your time to visit some of these stunning beauties.

  

Cities and towns

L'Aquila is Abruzzo's regional capital as well as the capital of the province of L’Aquila. Other provincial capitals are Pescara, which is Abruzzo's largest city, Teramo and Chieti.

Among Abruzzo many historic towns are: A little hilltown of Castel del Monte, Sulmona at the foot of the Majella massif, Scanno, a lakeside hill town, Atri a picturesque artistic center, and the hillside towns of Penne and Loreto Aprutino.

Tourism

Although rich in natural beauty and history, Abruzzo is only just starting to be discovered by mass tourism. Abruzzo's wealth of castles and medieval towns, especially near the town of L'Aquila has earned it in some quarters the nickname of "Abruzzoshire", by analogy with the "Chiantishire" nickname sometimes used to refer to the Chianti area of Tuscany.