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Penna in Teverina


The town's name derives from the Latin word "pinna" (arrow), while the second part refers to the presence of the river Tiber in the area. Municipality in the province of Terni, located on the crest of a hill, on the border with Lazio, surrounded by the tranquility and the beautiful green countryside of Umbria. Penna in Teverina is a small medieval town that still retains its original structure intact, founded in the Valley of the Tiber, close to the point where it merges with the Rio Grande. The beauty of the landscape and the presence of important medieval historical elements attract tourists as an optional visit during tours of Rome and its surrounding areas.
The discovery of Roman remains have allowed to historians to attest that, in this area, there was a port. Although the original settlement had late medieval origins, the first documented existence of a small housing district date back to the XI century. In the Middle Ages, Penna in Teverina belonged to the Colonna; in 1492 Stefano Colonna assigned the lands to the Amelia, and later sold it to the Orsini. During this period the town flourished and the urban structure was embellished with decorative elements attributed to the Renaissance. The small center was finally assigned to the Marquis of Gallo. It was never a completely autonomous municipality, always at the center of arguments between the Papal States and the Lords of the nearby town of Amelia.

- the XVII century Parish Church of Santa Maria della Neve, which features a simple façade and gabled roof from which rises a belfry with two small arches;
- the remains of the Roman villa of the I century B.C., excavated recently in the district of Podere Polacco. Visible are several mosaic floors and a furnace;
- the XVIII century busts of Mammalocchi are a series of marble columns with allegorical figures;
- the Town Hall, inside which are preserved two tombstones of the I century A.D.;
- Porta Novella, the main gate access to the center, from where it is possible to admire an enchanting view over the valley of the Tiber;
- the medieval Civic gate;
- the permanent Nativity scene;
- Palazzo Orsini.


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