The city sits at 400 metres above sea level in a long, flat & fertile, glacial valley called the Valle Peligna. Its origins go back to pre-Roman times although the majority of the city was rebuilt in the early 18th century in the Baroque style.
With just under 25,000 permanent residents, it is one of the principal cities in the Abruzzo region and is popular with both Italian visitors and foreign tourists alike.
Perhaps best known as the centre of production of the Italian sugar-coated almond candies called ‘confetti’, it nevertheless has a more cultural backstory too. It the birthplace of the Roman poet Ovid, and claims as its own the 13th century Pope Celestino V, and numerous others.
Sulmona, called 'the prettiest city in Abruzzo' often takes first-time visitors by surprise. Its beauty and harmony create a sense of visual pleasure that makes one feel part of a secret club. The ‘capo luogo’ of the Valle Peligna, Sulmona it a flat, lozenge-shaped area surrounded by majestic mountains that display every colour of every season. It sits between two awesome national parks, is less than an hour to some of the best skiing in Italy, 45 minutes to the fabulous beaches of the Adriatic coast, and under two hours from Rome.
A more strategic position, for short-term visitors to Abruzzo or long term holiday-makers, is hard to find.
Once you are here you will be able to appreciate the Roman, Medieval, Baroque and modern history & architecture of this town. There are exceptional places to eat, groovy places to drink and stylish places to shop. Oh and the gelato is pretty fabulous too! On a day trip you can go up into the mountains, over to a couple of local villages, enjoy a food festival, or laze about the local pool.
Sulmona is a very liveable town and you can get around on foot very easily. It is full of nice bars and restaurants, cafes and attractive shops.
Throughout the year there are concerts, exhibitions and numerous street events.
If you enjoy the outdoors we are located right on the edge of the Parco Nazionale della Majella which offers fabulous trekking and biking opportunities.
Skiing is available in the Alto Sangro area with the nearest slopes at Monte Pratello just over half an hour away.
Head east to the beaches of the Adriatic at Pescara or travel further up or down the coast for a wider choice of both public and private bathing options.
Sulmona offers year-round activities with the off-season just as pleasant as the summer months - albeit somewhat quieter. Here is a list of annual events in and around Sulmona.
If you'd like to find out more about Sulmona & Abruzzo, we recommend you start with the following websites:
There are also a number books, guides & maps which may help you to plan your holiday:
Photo credit: Luca del Monaco www.lucadelmonaco.com