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.

2017 is also special year for us a as we celebrate the bimillenium of the death of the Roman poet Ovid who was born in Sulmona.  There will be plenty of Ovidian themed events for sure! 

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 2017 calendar:

January 2017

  • Thursday 5th: ‘La Befana ‘abseils into Piazza Garibaldi (children’s event) – Sulmona
  • Friday 6th: Sagra della Polenta – polenta food festival – Pettorano sul Gizio
  • Friday 6th: Epiphany – NATIONAL HOLIDAY

Carnival 2017

  • Tuesday February 28th (Shrove Tuesday): Carnival parade – Sulmona 

 March 2017

  • Thursday 2nd Sunday 5th March: World Snowkite Contest Alto Sangro
  • Sunday 19th: Fuochi di San Giuseppe – Piazza Garibaldi, Sulmona
  • Monday 20th: Birthday of the Roman poet Ovid (born 43BC) 

Easter Holy Week 2017

  • Friday 15th April: Good Friday – Procession of the Dead Christ (evening) – Sulmona
  • Sunday 16th April: Easter Sunday – La Madonna che Scappa in Piazza, (morning) – Piazza Garibaldi, Sulmona
  • Sunday 16th April: Easter Sunday – La Madonna che Vela (morning) – Introdacqua
  • NB: Easter Monday is a NATIONAL HOLIDAY in Italy

April 2017

  • Sunday 2nd – Sunday 9th:  La Settimana Ovidiana bimillenium celebrations in honour of the Roman poet Ovid
  • Thursday 6th – Saturday 8th: ‘Certamen Ovidianum’ – International, Ovidian themed Latin competition 
  • Friday 7th – Sunday 9th:  Endurance Cup Equestrian event – Vittorito
  • Traditional costume event in Scanno 
  • Tuesday April 25th:  ‘Festa della Liberazione’ – NATIONAL HOLIDAY
  • Saturday 28th – Monday 30th: The Freedom Trail – 3-day mountain hike following the escape route of the Allied POW’s 
  • Friday 28th April: Celebration of San Panfilo – patron saint of Sulmona

May 2017

June 2017

  • Thursday 1st – Saturday 3rd: Abruzzo Open Day Spring – events all over the region
  • Friday 2nd: ‘Festa della Republica’ – NATIONAL HOLIDAY
  • Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd: La Cordesca – jousting competition for children
  • Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th: Sagra delle Ciliegie – cherry food festival – Raiano
  • Thursday 15th: Under-23 mini Giro d’Italia cycle race
  • Sagra del Pecorino – pecorino cheese food festival – Bugnara

July 2017

August 2017

September 2017

  • Sunday 3rd: Corsa degli Zingari – barefoot mountain race – Pacentro
  • Sagra delle Lenticchie – lentil food festival – Santo Stefano di Sessanio
  • 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
  • Final of the Maria Caniglia Opera Competition 

October 2017

November 2017

December 2017

  • Friday December 8th: Feast of the Immaculate Conception – NATIONAL HOLIDAY
  • Sunday 10th December: Cantine Aperte a Natale (Regional wine event)
  • After Christmas: Itinerant live Nativity events in Sulmona and the surrounding villages

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.

About The Author

The WTS Team

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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