Penna San Giovanni is located on a rocky protuberance (hence the name “Penna”, i.e. plume), at 67 m above sea level, in a panoramic position among the valleys of the Salino and Tennacola rivers. Surrounded by enchanting elevated plateaus, the area has recently attracted several foreign tourists, mainly English, which have eventually settled here, increasing the value of these places, saving them from abandonment, and restoring several forgotten buildings. From Parco del Monte, the highest point in the area, you can admire a breathtaking panorama over the whole territory. The park still preserves the remains of the Rocca, an old watchtower.
The visitThe town centre still maintains its Medieval surrounding walls, with its well-preserved ancient entrance gates and the 12th century municipal tower. The Municipal Palace exhibits imperial-age relics, an old mosaic, and a Crivelli-style triptych depicting a Madonna with Child. Noteworthy are also the Church of San Giovanni Battista, dating back to the 13th century but restored in 1736; the 15th century Church of San Francesco, converted to a Baroque style in the 18th century but still maintaining its original portal and a wonderful 13th century wooden choir; the 13th century church of Saint Philomena’s Church. A few kilometres away from the centre is located Villa Saline. In 1292, the village and its park were annexed to the Holy See, to which Penna San Giovanni had always been loyal. Here was established the salt factory, a source of wealth for the whole town. The park has damp but fascinating surroundings, and is rich in typical fauna and flora. The Salino River itself represents a treasure for the town, due to its natural mineral waters, rich in saltiness, bromine, iodine and sulphur. Its therapeutic properties were discovered in 1876 while, in more recent years, thermal water intake structures were reactivated, and ten itineraries were created along the Salino and Tennacola rivers.
Do not missThe most important and famous monument in Penna San Giovanni is the 1780 Flora Theatre. It is the only wooden theatre in the province of Macerata with little more than one hundred seats. It consists of two orders of galleries sustained by small columns decorated in false marble. Every gallery is partitioned with carved columns and dominated by a floral festoon, while their parapet is enriched by a Baroque cartouche. The ceiling depicts a Muse playing with cupids. The decorations are clear examples of Baroque art and were made by painter Antonio Liozzi (1730-1807), native to Penna San Giovanni. Nowadays, the theatre hosts theatrical performances and cultural meetings throughout the year.
Comune di Penna San Giovanni
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