The heart of the city of sugar-coated almonds
Since antiquity, it has been known as the birthplace of Roman poet Ovid. Today, it is associated with sugar-coated almonds and red garlic recipes, alongside timeless rituals, including the Madonna che scappa (the Running Madonna). Sulmona is a true gem of Abruzzo.
Its historic centre, perched on a plateau in the heart of the Conca Peligna valley and surrounded by the Majella National Park, hosts churches, squares, palaces and other stunning architectural works. These include the Church of San Filippo Neri in Piazza Garibaldi, where you can also admire the arches of the Acquedotto Svevo aqueduct. Not forgetting the Cathedral of San Panfilo, Palazzo Sanità and Palazzo Tabassi, the Church-Palazzo of the Santissima Annunziata, the Maria Caniglia Municipal Theatre, the Fountain of the Elder, and the Statue of Ovid.
You can enter through one of its most famous gates—Porta Romana, Porta Pacentrana, Porta Napoli and Porta Sant’Antonio—and explore one of central Italy’s most enchanting villages.