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Top Choice Abruzzese in Sulmona

Ristorante Gino

Occupying handsome arched chambers that have been used as an inn or wine shop for centuries, the restaurant of La Locanda di Gino is up there with Sulmona's best. Proudly advertising the provenance of its produce (r…
Top Choice Abruzzese in Sulmona

La Cantina di Biffi

Dedicated to the food and wine of Abruzzo, this stone-walled cantina (wine cellar) features an open kitchen and daily blackboard of lip-smacking temptations. Seasonal treats such as new-season asparagus on poached e…
Christian Site in Sulmona

Eremo di Sant’Onofrio al Morrone

This cliff-clinging hermitage with its 15th-century ceiling, 13th-century frescoes, narrow oratory and arched porticoes cowers under a massive rock face in the Morrone Mountains. It was here in a grotto beneath the …
Archaeological Site in Sulmona

Santuario di Ercole Curino

Sitting below the Sant’Onofrio hermitage, this sanctuary was originally thought to be the house of Sulmona-born poet Ovid when it was first uncovered in the 1950s, but statues later found confirmed it as a Roman-era…
Abruzzese in Sulmona

Il Vecchio Muro

One of Sulmona's best restaurants, the 'old wall' is notable for spot-on Abruzzese fare such as wholewheat pasta with lentils and guanciale (cured pork jowl). The rest of the menu – especially the bits involving sau…
Gelato in Sulmona

Gelateria La Rotonda

Sulmona's favourite place for a mid-afternoon gelato, this busy little gelataria takes its name from the Rotonda, the monumental remains of the original Chiesa di San Francesco della Scarpa, next door.
Piazza in Sulmona

Piazza Garibaldi

The large town square is home to Sulmona's extensive Wednesday and Saturday morning market: you'll find fresh fish, veg, fruit and flowers, as well as the ubiquitous porchetta van, selling pork in a roll. Along Cors…
Abbey in Sulmona

Abbazia di Santo Spirito Al Morrone

It’s hard to miss this massive 13th-century Celestine abbey in Badia, close to the sheer western slopes of the Morrone mountains. Notable for its monumental staircase, religious frescoes and old pharmacy, its main s…
Cathedral in Sulmona

Cattedrale di San Panfilo

Slightly out of the centre, the Gothic-meets-baroque cathedral is like many things in Sulmona: understated and underrated. The fantastically restored interior guards some precious old artefacts, including a 14th-cen…
Cultural in Sulmona

Giostra Cavalleresca di Sulmona

On the last weekend in July, gaily caparisoned horse riders gallop around Piazza Garibaldi in this spectacular display of pageantry and equine skills, revived from Renaissance times. There are a series of jousts bet…