First Sunday: Penne, Coffee, Cornetti and Candlemaking

Penne by Dianne Drew
© Dianne Drew

Would you like to know a little more about the popular town of Penne and join a money saving workshop learning how to make your own candles?

We’re having coffee and cake in Penne on Sunday 1st May if you fancy joining us for a little explore around its cobbled streets and chat? 

Local Dianne Drew is going to introduce us to her favourite cafe, Central Bar and tell us all about this this pretty town.  It’s on the list of Borghi più belli d’Italia (Italy’s official list of most beautiful small towns and villages), likened to being Abruzzo’s Sienna with its use of warm brick.  With stunning portal gates that frame the historic centre, you can skip through time and building fashions through a walk down its narrow alleys.  There are stunning valley and Gran Sasso Mountain views and you can see why it was  settled by the Italic Vestini Tribe. 

Breakfast in Penne

Afterwards Dianne is holding a 3 hour candle making workshop if you would like to join.  We may be needing to know how to make those over the next few months if prices keep rising!  What is included:

  • All materials to make a candle.
  • A guide so you don’t have to take notes!
  • Lots of tips, a bit of science and plenty of sniffing of lovely scents which you will mix for your candle.

By the end of the workshop you will know step-by-step, how to make a quality handmade scented candle using natural soy wax, fragrance & wood wicks and you’ll leave with the skill to make something you can truly enjoy. 

Dianne will present examples of her own work which were inspired by Abruzzo and the Adriatic coast and she’ll discuss fragrances that move us – this is a creative awareness type of exercise that inspires our creativity!
Particularly what we can observe from our own past and environment for inspiration. This correlates with our scent-mixing part of the workshop so we get inspired to create something unique. It’s not
about ‘what goes with what,’ it’s about creating something personal.

Option to buy a Candlemaking kit at the finish if you’re keen to get started. (No pressure!).

(There is a national heat of go-cart racing on the same day in part of the town that could be an excursion if you’re thinking of coming as a family, that they could watch whilst you do your candlemaking workshop!)

Candlemaking in Penne


10.30 – 11.30 Coffee and Chat at Bar Centrale

11.30 – 12.30 Walk around Penne

14.00=17.00  Candle-making Workshop = 4 spaces available only

Sam Dunham
Author: Sam Dunham

Sam is a very lucky midlife 'mamma' to A who is 12 and juggles her work as a self-employed freelance SEO food and travel copywriter and EFL teacher. She is the founder of the Life In Abruzzo Cultural Association, co-founder of Let's Blog Abruzzo. she is the founder of the 'English in the Woods' initiative, teaching English outdoors in a forest style school.

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