Most weeks of the year there is something interesting going on somewhere in Sulmona or the wider Valle Peligna – whether sporting, cultural, musical, artistic or gastronomic.

Small, local events and any last minute news is published, as far as possible, on our Facebook page or via our Twitter feed.  

If we have not included a specific date it’s because the information was not yet available at time of going to press. For many events we have included a web address for you to confirm the correct details yourselves.

Don’t forget that Sulmona’s famous market in Piazza Garibaldi* is held every Wednesday & Saturday morning throughout the year.

Here is a list of the big fixtures in the 2019 calendar:


  • Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th: Sagra della Polenta – polenta food festival – Pettorano sul Gizio
  • Sunday 6th: Epiphany – NATIONAL HOLIDAY


  • Tuesday 5th:  (Shrove Tuesday): Carnival parade – Sulmona 
  • Wednesday 20th: Birthday of the Roman poet Ovid (born 43BC) 

Easter Holy Week

  • Friday 19th April: Good Friday – Procession of the Dead Christ (evening) – Sulmona
  • Sunday 21st April: Easter Sunday – La Madonna che Scappa in Piazza, (morning) – Piazza Garibaldi
  • NB: Easter Monday (‘Pasquetta’) is a NATIONAL HOLIDAY in Italy


  • Saturday 6th: Ferrari Car Rally
  • Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th: Fuochi di San Giuseppe – Piazza Garibaldi, Sulmona
  • Certamen Ovidianum – International, Ovidian themed Latin competition 
  • Endurance Cup Equestrian event – Vittorito
  • Traditional costume event in Scanno 
  • Thursday April 25th:  ‘Festa della Liberazione’ – NATIONAL HOLIDAY
  • Sunday 28th April: Celebration of San Panfilo – patron saint of Sulmona



  • Sunday 2nd: ‘Festa della Republica’ – NATIONAL HOLIDAY
  • Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd: La Cordesca – jousting competition for children 
  • Sagra delle Ciliegie – cherry food festival – Raiano
  • Sagra del Pecorino – pecorino cheese food festival – Bugnara




  • Sunday 1st: Cronoscalata di Popoli – classic car hill-climb competition
  • Sunday 1st: Corsa degli Zingari – barefoot mountain race – Pacentro
  • Sagra delle Lenticchie – lentil food festival – Santo Stefano di Sessanio
  • Premio Sulmona Contemporary Art Exhibition at the ex Convent of Santa Chiara (Piazza Garibaldi)
  • Sagra del Grano – grain food festival – Torre dei Nolfi
  • Sagra del Pappone – traditional recipe food festival – Campo di Giove
  • Sagra del Contadino – 0 km local farmers’ food festival – Pratola Peligna




NB: We are not the Tourist Board, nor a formal news service, and our information is only ever as good as what is available at the time. We have no obligation to publish on behalf of any organisation or entity and we take no responsibility for any omissions. Please bear in mind that last minute changes in date or venue do happen and although we will always do our best to update our listings there may be errors or inaccuracies which we are unaware of. We welcome feedback and reliable sources of information are what help us sleep to well at night 🙂

* In the weeks of the annual summer Giostra Cavalleresca, the market is held in & around the area of the Court House (Tribunale) at Piazza Capograssi – just over the bridge in the new section of town.

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Written and curated by bi-lingual partnership Katy Gorman and Susanna Iraci, Welcome To Sulmona is the first born and remains the best-loved child of their marketing & communications consultancy ‘Quid Novi'. They enjoy researching and creating copy for their own website alongside that of the other many guest authors. More often than not Katy is ‘words’ and Susanna ‘pictures’. Katy Gorman: Ex-pat Anglo-American, Quid Novi wordsmith, English teacher & resident of Sulmona since 2009. Susanna Iraci: Marchigiana, Quid Novi visual designer & photographer - also resident of Sulmona since 2009.

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