Skip menu

The Church of San Filippo

Overview

The Church of the Running Madonna

The Church of San Filippo Neri holds a special place in the hearts of the people of Sulmona. It is there that the Virgin, dressed in mourning, receives the news of her son’s resurrection during the rite of the Madonna che scappa (the Running Madonna), Abruzzo’s most famous and folkloristic Easter tradition.

The church dates back to the 17th century, although the last stone was not officially laid until the late 1600s. A 1706 earthquake forced the city of Sulmona to rebuild the building, which today boasts one of the most distinctive façades in Italy.

The façade, which belonged to the pre-existing church dedicated to Saint Augustine, appears almost unfinished due to its square shape and minimal decoration. The door, one of the finest examples of Gothic art in Abruzzo, is particularly impressive. 

The Church of San Filippo

Via Margherita, 7, 67039 Sulmona AQ, Italia

Related articles

Art and culture
Abruzzo, a plunge into nature between sea and mountains

Abruzzo, a plunge into nature between sea and mountains

Lakes
The Campotosto Lake Nature Reserve, for trekking and water sports

The Campotosto Lake Nature Reserve, for trekking and water sports

Food and wine
Sweet or bitter? The fine cuisine of traditional Abruzzo

Sweet or bitter? The fine cuisine of traditional Abruzzo

Mountain
5 reasons for a weekend in roccaraso

5 good reasons to spend a weekend in the snow in Roccaraso

Sport
Gran Sasso, Abruzzo

Gran Sasso, the thousand climbing routes in Abruzzo

Sport
Photo by: Coop Il Bosso

River rapids ride in Abruzzo: a rafting adventure

Art and culture
Visit Scanno by car

Visit Scanno by car

Lakes
Lago di Scanno, a real treasure for amateurs and sportspeople

Lago di Scanno, a real treasure for amateurs and sportspeople

Sport
Campo Imperatore, not just skiing in Abruzzo

Campo Imperatore, not just skiing in Abruzzo

Cultural cities
Teramo, nature and history intertwined

Teramo, nature and history intertwined

Food and wine
Red Garlic from Sulmona, Abruzzo: an indigenous variety that is popular abroad

Red Garlic from Sulmona, Abruzzo: an indigenous variety that is popular abroad

Sport
Skiing in Abruzzo

Skiing in Abruzzo

Food and wine
history of macaroni abruzzo

The Abruzzo region by way of Donato De Santis's pizza

Nature
Photo by: Valentina Razzi

Cascate del Verde, a glimpse of rare beauty in the Apennines

Food and wine
Arrosticini: the pride and heritage of Abruzzo gastronomy

Arrosticini: the pride and heritage of Abruzzo gastronomy

Spirituality
Discovering the hermitages of Abruzzo: two spectacular pearls of the Majella

Discovering the hermitages of Abruzzo: two spectacular pearls of the Majella

Sea
The Teramano Coast

The Teramano Coast

Cycling tourism
alla scoperta della ciclovia in abruzzo

Discovering Italy’s most beautiful “Bike to Coast” bike route in Abruzzo

Nature
Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park

Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park

Sea
The Terraces on the Abruzzo Sea

The Terraces on the Abruzzo Sea

Ops! An error occurred while sharing your content. Please accept profiling cookies to share the page.