This is a charming town at the foot of the western slopes of Mount Carpegna. It owes its current urban layout to the merger of two ancient castles; the castles of Billi, which stood on the “rocky spur”, and Penna that stood on the “big rock”. It was initially a feud of the Carpegna and then the Malatesta families. It is also probably where the latter family originated from before moving to Verucchio and Rimini. In 1572 Pope Gregory XIII transferred the Diocese of Montefeltro, now known as the Diocese of San Marino-Montefeltro, here from San Leo.
Monuments worth seeing include the Malatesta Gate, Borgo San Rocco, the church of Sant’Agostino, which houses a monument to the Madonna delle Grazie and a late 16th-century organ, the Diocesan Museum, home to a remarkable artistic heritage of exhibits found all over the Montefeltro region, the Romanesque parish church of Ponte Messa, the ruins of magnificent Scavolino Palace, the Augustinian Monastery and parish church of Miratoio with its beautiful portal, Bascio Tower and Olivo Monastery in Maciano.
However, Pennabilli offers visitors much more than merely artistic treasures. Every year in July, it hosts an important national antiques fair with numerous connected events including a conference on ceramics. Furthermore, since 1995 the old town has become a stage for the annual “Artists in the Square”, a street festival celebrating art and handicrafts.
Recent creations inspired by the poet Tonino Guerra also attract a number of visitors to the area. These include the Rifugio delle Madonne Abbandonate, the Road of the Meridians, the Petrified Gardens, a sanctuary and the Garden of Forgotten Fruits, a collection of different fruits that once grew spontaneously in orchards dotted around the Apennine countryside but that are no longer cultivated. In the old vegetable garden of the Monastery of the Missionary Friars, along with the Mulberry for Peace planted by the Dalai Lama, Snail’s Gate and Sundial, visitors will find gooseberries, Cuccarini cherries and other rare fruits.
The Museum of Computer Science and History of Calculus in Ponte Messa houses numerous exhibits used for calculus, ranging from abacus to computers, and is the only one of its kind in Italy.
For nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, the area offers some interesting natural itineraries to Sasso Simone, Simoncello, Mount Carpegna and Andreuccio Lake. The town also boasts modern sports facilities such as tennis courts, swimming pool, sports fields and campsites. Furthermore, the local Pro Loco Association and the municipal administration are in the process of creating a park in Pennabilli that will cover 8 hectares.
Antiques Fair Association - Via Salita Valentini, Pennabilli 0541/ 928578
Pennabilli Pro Loco Association - Piazza Garibaldi, Pennabilli 0541/ 928659
Museum of Computer Science and History of Calculus - P.te Messa, Pennabilli 0541/928563
Pennabilli Diocesan Museum - 0541/928415 0541/910037
Artists in the Square - International Busker Festival 0541/928003 e-mail
Pennabilli Town Hall - 0541/928411 fax 0541/928372 e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org