|Abruzzo Province of L'Aquila Sulmona|
Province of L'Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy
Sulmona is situated at the foot of the Maiella, at the confluence of the Gizio and Vella rivers, where, in ancient times, there was a lake that dried out for natural causes. The city was hit several times by wars and earthquakes but, nevertheless, still has many medieval buildings of great beauty and a fine historical downtown.
An important agricultural and commercial center, Sulmona is famous worldwide for its confetti, but also for its goldsmith's art (its antique jewels, bearing the initials SUL, are scattered in museums around the world (as well as in the Vatican).
Altitude: 405 m a.s.l -- Distance from L'Aquila: km -- Population: ca. 25000 inhabitants -- Zip code: 67039 -- Phone Area Code: 0864
The name "Sulmona" appears in historical documents as early as 211 BC, when, according to Livy, Hannibal devastated the city. Another key date was 43 BC, date of birth here of the great poet Ovid (he wrote "Sulmo mihi patria est"), who surrounded the origins of his hometown with mysterious legends, including one according to which Sulmona was founded by Solimo, a companion of Aeneas. The first production of the famous confetti, according to historians, seems to date back to 14 AD.
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