Must-have books and maps about Abruzzo

In this modern digital age, planning a trip abroad is so much easier than it was even 10 years ago. We can book flights, compare accommodation options and even buy bus tickets online before leaving home. So where does that leave the humble paperback guidebook? And what about those annoyingly big foldy maps, now that we all have Sat Nav in our vehicles? Aren’t they all redundant? Well, we’re not so sure that they are… Granted there is precious little written about Abruzzo in English, and even less about Sulmona itself, but there are a few gems which we think you should browse. Also, bear in mind that you may not be able to buy these books here in Sulmona when you arrive.  

Here is our (very) shortlist of books and maps about Abruzzo:


Guide Books

The Bradt travel guide to Abruzzo by Luciano Di Gregorio

This is THE quintessential English language guide to the region of Abruzzo. Now in its third edition, it is packed full of up to date info about all 4 regions and features a few pages on Sulmona’s highlights. A must buy we think. You can read our review here


Abruzzo History & Art Guide

The only book which goes into any detail about the specific historical notes relating to the various churches, castles & monuments. A little dry in places, and lacking in helping practical info, a good guide nevertheless.


Walking in Abruzzo by Stuart Haines

We reviewed this book in March of 2015 here. Still the original and the best – an essential reference for all visitors interested in exploring our National Parks on foot. The updated version is due out in 2018 together with a companion project just for the Sulmona area.



‘Touring Club Italiano’ Map of Abruzzo & Molise

Founded in 1894, the TCI is Italy’s oldest tourist association. This map includes points of interest as well as the road and railway networks.  


‘Michelin’ Map of Abruzzo & Molise

Classic Michelin road map. If your Sat Nav has a loose definition of which roads are ‘suitable for vehicles’ we recommend you keep one of these in your car… 


If you follow our links and do make a purchase, we will get a minuscule amount of commission. It all helps though…so we thank you!

Part 2 of this blog post will be about writers & fiction both from and about Abruzzo. Stay tuned.


About The Author

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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