Among the Arches of Time: Discovering Sulmona and Its Majestic Medieval Aqueduct

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Sulmona, renowned as the city of confetti (sugared almonds) – small sweets made of a kernel of almond or other seed coated with a layer of sugar – enchants with its blend of history, art, and natural beauty.

Nestled in the heart of Abruzzo, it offers an authentic experience that merges culture, art, gastronomy, and tradition, beckoning visitors to explore its ancient cobblestone streets and richly historic landmarks.

Not coincidentally, Sulmona serves as our base for the first part of our The Abruzzo, Puglia & Matera Experience Tour, and it is consistently highly appreciated by our travelers.


Exploring Sulmona is like immersing yourself in an epic tale of ancient history, and its medieval aqueduct is a precious chapter in this fascinating narrative.

Built back in 1256, during the reign of Manfredi di Svevia, son of Frederick II, this monumental structure embodies the ingenuity and grandeur of a bygone era.

Its 21 pointed arches, towering and majestic, stand proudly along the western edge of Piazza Garibaldi, one of the most spectacular squares in central-southern Italy.

But the aqueduct is not just an imposing architectural landmark; it was also the vital lifeblood of the city in the Middle Ages.

Originally conceived to channel the crystal-clear waters of the Gizio River into the cultivated lands and provide hydraulic power to the artisanal and industrial activities within the city walls, the aqueduct was the pulsating heart of Sulmona.

Through the centuries, the aqueduct has proudly withstood numerous natural events, preserving its structure almost intact.

Today, while no longer serving its original purpose, it continues to be a symbol of pride for the city and one of its main tourist attractions.

The local limestone stones that make up its arches tell ancient stories and secrets, while the architectural details testify to the skill and craftsmanship of its medieval builders.

It’s no wonder, then, that the aqueduct has been chosen as a location for numerous films, including the famous “The American,” directed by Anton Corbijn and starring George Clooney and Violante Placido.

This thriller captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, offering a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape and Sulmona’s rich history.

But Sulmona’s charm is not limited to the aqueduct.

Imagine strolling through its cobblestone streets, surrounded by unparalleled beauty.

With its towering mountains on the horizon and its picturesque medieval villages dotting the landscape, the panorama surrounding Sulmona is truly one-of-a-kind.

Every corner offers a new surprise, a new enchantment to discover.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a journey that takes you back in time and gives you unforgettable experiences, Sulmona is the place for you.

With its historic aqueduct, its famous films, and its breathtaking scenery, this city is a true hidden gem that deserves to be discovered and appreciated.

Get ready to embark on a unique experience that will take you on a journey through Italy’s timeless history and beauty.

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