ancient origin lost in the legend: in fact it would have been
founded from Solimo, companion of Enea, fugitive from destroyed
Troy. First testimonies of its real existence are however
of roman age.
But the city marks one fundamental stage in
43 b.C., year of birth of its most famous citizen, eminent
Latin poet Publio Ovidio Nasone, singer of
the Amores and the Metamorphoses. Of the
roman period it remain the spot where the temple dedicated
to Ercole Curino rose.
Later the city knew the common history of the localities of
central Italy: barbaric invasions, repeated devastations and
pillages. Only with the advent of the Svevi and Federico
II, Sulmona developed assuming a main political role
in the Svevo Empire. But the fall of the Svevi and the arrival
of the Angioini coincided with a period of
depression for the city.
At the end of the '200 Sulmona and the Eremo di Sant'Onofrio
gave shelter to the only outgoing Pope of the history: Celestino
V, the “Pope of the great refusal…”
cited by Dante in the Divina Commedia.
A visit to Sulmona can start from one of its ancient doors,
of which one of roman age: Porta Romana;
continuing towards the churches of Saint Filippo Neri ('300)
and Saint Maria della Tomba in the Plebiscito square, built
on a previous roman building.
The city also owns precious historical palaces: Palazzo Tabassi,
Palace Sardi, Palace Sanità, Palazzo Sardi and Palazzo
Meliorati. In Sulmona takes place in August the Giostra
Cavalleresca, that attracts numerous tourists in