Directions Casale Penna
The address of Casale Penna is:
Località Via Vecchia di Orte 3
05028 Penna in Teverina (TR)
Note that the street name has only recently been changed. The old name was Case Sparse 64. A gps may have problems finding the new name.
Maura is the cleaning lady (she will wait for you upon arrival) and she can also cook very well, so if you would like to have a home cooked meal prepared for you, ask her about possibilities and prices.
Maura: +390744993600 or +390744993577 or Maura's mobile +393475191736. Please send a text message when you are about one hour from destination.
Upon arrival you will be asked to give passports or identity cards. To avoid a lot of administrative hassle, you can e-mail these details to Villa in Umbria. The address of the head of family/group only, and everybody’s first name, surname, passport number, date and place of birth.
Coming from the North:
To get to Penna in Teverina, you get off the A-1 Autostrada del Sole (Roma – Firenze) at the ATTIGLIANO exit. Follow signs to GIOVE. Go through the town of GIOVE, turning right on the main drag in front of the church to head toward AMELIA and PENNA IN TEVERINA. About 6 km beyond Giove there will be a RIGHT TURN to PENNA (there's a sign).
Follow the road all the way to the center of the village. At the round-about, marked by a bronze statue representing a feather ("penna") with a bar (the Zanzibar) on the right, drive straight on into the tiled (not tarred) road. It slightly goes up and becomes more narrow. At the end you'll have to turn left down the hill (go slow). Take the first small road to the right, just before the drinks distribution company. On the stone wall at the corner it says Località Vecchia di Orte. This small lane is initially tarred (a bit) and quickly changes into gravel. Take the second entrance on the left. This is the entrance to Casale Penna. You see the small number 3 sign on the right.
Coming from the South:
Coming off the A1 from Rome you'll have to take the exit Orte. At the exit follow signs for the centre of Orte and as soon as you see the signs for Penna in Teverina follow these. (hence you do not actually go to the centre of Orte!). Going up the hill for some kilometres you'll end up in Penna in Teverina at the roundabout with the statue of a feather. Go to the right here into the tiled (not tarred) road. It slightly goes up and becomes more narrow. At the end you'll have to turn left down the hill (go slow). Take the first small road to the right, just before the drinks distribution company. On the stone wall at the corner it says Località Vecchia di Orte. This small lane is initially tarred (a bit) and quickly changes into gravel. Take the second entrance on the left. This is the entrance to Casale Penna. You see the small number 3 sign on the right.
The google map coordinates are: 42.489200, 12.356380
The casale is part of a working farm that produces grapes, olives, and other crops. Down the slope from the villa there is a large vegetable garden tended by farmers, whose produce is available for purchase to guests at the villa upon request, and whose authentic, local cooking can also be provided at the villa (ask Maura).
Olive oil made from the olives on the property is available for purchase.
The wine made from the grapes of our vineyard can be bought at the Cooperativa dei Colli Amerini, at Fornole, 2 kilometres east of Amelia (tel. 0744 989721, open 9-13, 16-18.30 except Sunday).
Among other local wineries, recommended is Le Crete near the adjacent village of Giove (call Mr Castellani for a tour and to buy his wine: 328 7011808.
There is also a pharmacy, a soap store, two clothing stores, one hardware store. Umbrian bread and other traditional baked goods (like the sweet almond paste torciglione) are available at the forno (bakery) in the center of town. There are two grocery stores, one in the main square (with the bronze feather), two bars, a tobacconist who sells newspapers, phone recharges (and is also open Sunday morning). Butchers in both Penna and Giove sell locally produced meat and poultry and cured meats like capocollo (better than prosciutto).
A fruit and vegetable market comes to town on Tuesdays and Saturdays, near the village water tower. Superior fish can be purchased from the travelling fish monger who comes to town on Tuesdays and Fridays (get to the main piazza at about 10.45 when the fish truck drives up sounding its horn). Larger Co-op supermarkets are in Giove, Amelia, and Orte. There is also a fine mozzarella store in the center of Amelia.
One can enjoy good local cooking at the trattoria in Montenero (just before Amelia), in Amelia itself, or at the nearby agriturismo (tel. 0744 970112, on the road to Amelia), or by asking Maura to cook a typical meal for you from local farm products and bring it to the villa (reserve at least 1 day in advance).
Penna’s tiny medieval center, in the shape of a feather (hence its name, as some think) is anchored between the very active parish church and the belvedere (panoramic overlook on the Tiber river and valley and Mount Cimino beyond). The town also boasts an impressive mechanical Presepe (Nativity Scene) open to visits all year round.
The castle that dominates the historical village was fought over by the Orsini and Colonna families during the course of the fourteenth century. In 1492 Stefano Colonna placed it under the jurisdiction of the city ofAmelia, and in 1502 yielded it to the Orsini, who held it until the extinction of their dynasty in the 17th century. The palace has an exterior entrance guarded by two stone “mammalocchi” or stone cariyatid figures, and an interior one, on which can be observed the coats of arms of the Orsini and Anguillara families.
Penna has some 1045 inhabitants on its 10 square kilometers, and rises 302 meters above sea level.
Other things to do and visit
The train station of Orte, with direct service to Rome (40 minutes), Fiumicino airport (2 hours), Florence (2 hours) is a fifteen minute drive down the hill.
Across the valley westward is the town of Bomarzo, with its famous sixteenth-century park of the monsters.
Twenty minutes up the valley is the magnificent hill town of Orvieto with its famous cathedral.
The closest village, Giove, has a Renaissance castle. Nearby Lugnano has an unspoiled gem of a romanesque church. The walled city of Amelia is a ten-minute drive away, whose museum houses an ancient bronze statue of Germanicus, and whose circuit of “cyclopic” walls, among the most ancient in Europe, can be walked in about an hour.
Still more advantageous are the routes into Umbria’s hilltowns, connected by picturesque roads by car or public bus, as well as by train: Spoleto, Narni, Todi, Assisi, Perugia, Città di Castello are the more famous cities within easy reach of Penna. On Umbria’s backroads less famous but equally beautiful sites and landscapes offer endless possibilities for daytrips. Favorite destinations are Orvieto for its cathedral (excellent restaurant there: Asino dell’Oro), Deruta for its handpainted pottery, Torgiano for its famous Lungarotti winery and estate, Bagnaia for the garden of Villa Lante flowing with water, Viterbo for its excellently preserved medieval center and nearby hot springs. West of Penna, on the left bank of the Tiber, lies the medieval and Etruscan sites of northern Lazio’s lake country (Blera, Ferento, Norchia). In the craters of extinct volcanoes are the lakes of Bracciano, Bolsena, Vico, all within an hour’s drive.