Porta Napoli dates back to the 14th century and it's one of the two doors that originally provided access to the walled town: one was Porta della Tomba (door of the tomb) and one was Porta Nuova (New door), which later changed name and became Porta Napoli, because it's in the Napoli/neaples direction. Until 1929 it was also the place where taxes...more
The Annunziata complex is the most beautiful building in town - it's a church with an annex palace... all white and richly decorated. The church is the older building, dating back to 1300 - while the palace was built 200 years later.The bell tower is the highest construction in town and measures 65,5 metres.The palace, which now hosts the tourist...more
Ovid's statue is located in Piazza XX Settembre, a nice square in the old town. This statue is a copy of the one in Constance on the Black Sea - the place where Ovid was exiled and where he died... while Sulmona is the place where he was born, on 20 March 43 BC. His full name is Publio Ovidio Nasone and he is the author of the famous...more
The Fontana del Vecchio - oin English fountain of the old man - it's a 1474 fountain built by the city's captain Polidoro Tiberti da Cesena. it's in reneissance style and bear the emblem of the Aragon family on it.The old man is the sculpure from where the water comes from, though it looks more like a lion than an old man. The water is fresh and...more
The little church of San Rocco is easily missed, although it is located around the very central piazza garibaldi... the reason is simple: it's located a bit below the square, and you can see only the top part of it. I don't know how many times I woulked around it ando nly noticed it the last evening I was in Sulmona.This tiny church was given to...more
San Filippo Neri is a church that dates back to 1315 and has a beautiful gothic facade... the pointed doorway, in particular, is very richly decorated.There are two octagonal columns on both sides of the doorway, which bear the emblems of two local families, the Angioini family and the Sanità family. This is because they were those who gave the...more
Forget the romans - it was not them who built this waterwork system, though it may look so.This aqueduct was built in the middle ages and it is the most imposing structure in Sulmona - and it's located in piazza garibaldi, one of the two main squares. It was built in 1256 and presents 21 arches... it's all intact. Originally there was a second...more
San Francesco della Scarpa is a very odd and beautiful looking church... simmetry is not part of its design, and it's what makes it so special. It's attached to a house on its right side, while on its left side the wall is leaning... if you look at it from the piazza. If you only move a few feet away, from another perspective, you'll see it as...more
The church of Santa Chiara is not only a churhc but a monastery, too - dating back to the year 1200. However, the church as you see it now dates back to 1711. You have to go inside to see how great it is, in its baroque style with paintings by Sebastiano Conca e Altiero Salini. There's also a small art gallery in the precynt, as well as an old...more
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Il Vecchio Muro is a typical pizza-and-more restaurant of the type you find all over Italy, and it is an excellent example of its kind. The list of pizzas is extensive with all the usual combos covered plus some others, while there is a good selection too of Abruzzese first dishes, such as homemade pasta with pork cheek, and seconds.Wine was a bit...more
This restaurant is quite nice, especially in summer when you can eat outside... in this case outside means in an inner courtyard with lots of flowers and plants. Very quiet and scenic. The menu was impressive when reading the first courses (very promising pasta dishes), but we did not have any. The second courses list was not so varied: we settled...more
Everywhere in Italy pasta dishes are delicious - even more in the Abruzzo area - with one notable exception, that of Ristorante Al Quadrivio... bad food and unprofessional staff It's closed on Sunday evening and Monday all day - but I really don't think you want to eat there. As said before, the pasta dishes are horrible... tastleless and...more
In summer, in the courtyard of the Palazzo dell'annunziata, there are often free events - concerts in particular - but occasionallt plays, too. They are free and often top class.When i was in Sulmona one night there was a really good jazz concert - by a band called the Boston jazz quartet (or something similar). Excellent music and excellent games...more
Lo struscio is the name italians give it to walking up and down the main avenue - not only in Sulmona, but everywhere... it means, literally, the rustle... but practically it means watching people and being watched.In Sulmona it's particularly pleasant to "rustle" at night, because all the wondrful buildings and monuments are lit up and look...more
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Getting to Sulmona is fairly easy... if you came from the tirrenian coast (west) or Florence, you have to transit through Rome and then get a stright train from there. Most trains leave from Roma Tiburtina. In august 2007 trains were not running as far as Rome for some maintenance work, and one had to use the bus provided by the railway company... which means that if u had a connecting train you would miss it. If you come from Milan, Bologna or any point on the adriatic coast (east), then you need to change train at Pescara Centrale.
As the station is quite far out of town, as soon as you arrive, go to the newsagent and buy a bus ticket which you'll have to self-stamp on the bus. Watch out, though: there are no buses on Sunday, so you'll nbeed to take a taxi. it's only 5 euros.
All over town it's full of shops selling sugar-coated almonds - the best are those produced by the Pelino family. You won't resist them... they are everywhere, they are colourful and shaped as flowers, and they are delicious, too.
Of course you may even buy regular ones... less scenic but possibly better.
What to buy: Locally made Pelino sugar-coated almonds
What to pay: Flowers cost about 1.80 euros - a small regular bad 6 euros.
Sulmona is famous for its production of sugar-coated almonds - and the best brand of them is pelino. Just outside town it's possible to visit the museum and factory. The Pelino family has been producing these sweets since the late middle age, so in the museum you can also see the old machinery that was used.
The factory is open every day except Sunday, 9.00-12.00 and 15.30-18.30. Entrance is free.
It's located in Via Stazione Introdacqua, 55 - and buses going to Scanno stop nearby. Alternatively you can take a taxi, it's only a few kilometres from the centre.
Sulmona is a small city - a town in fact - rich in art and in culture. It's also conveniently located near the Maiella national park, so it's easy to head out of the city and go hiking. There are two reasons why Sulmona is famous: it was the birthplace of the latin poet Ovid and it is where the best sugar-coated almonds are produced... because of this, some say that sulmona is the city of love.
Sulmona, aparently, takes its name after Solimo, who was one of Enea's comrades... he's supposed to be the founder of the city.
Fondest memory: What I liked best in Sulmona is its efficiency: the tourist office is open 7 days a week and the lady working there is extremely helpful and competent... everything seems to work, and banks and shops stay open longer hours than they normally would.
Sulmona aims at attracting tourists, and it's really doing a great job about it. Thumbs up!