Inside the medieval walls of Sulmona, next to the town's main square, Piazza XX Settembre. Its restaurant serves food and wines from Abruzzo. All rooms come with TV, fan, and a private bathroom. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas. Transfer services are available to Pescara and Rome airports but must be booked 48 hours in advance.
The weekly markets sell vegetables, meats and local produce, as well as a hit-and-miss selection of furniture and antiques. Look out for local farmers and their families with a couple of jars of honey or a few cloves of garlic for sale on an upturned crate.
The disappearing tradition of walking the main street is alive and strong in Sulmona. Corso Ovidio gets very busy with the daily passeggiata, but especially at weekends and on holidays. Great for people watching.
In the last week of July there is a reenactment of the classic Renaissance jousting competition with lots of period costumes, music and hearty food. The whole town is taken over and everyone gets involved.
Lots of shops along the main street sell Confetti, the local speciality of highly colourful sugar coated almonds. The Pelino museum and factory can be visited for free on Via Stazione Introdacqua 55.
A very family run affair, Biffi won't usually give you a menu, offering instead daily specialities cooked by his mum. Excellent selection of local wines. Closed on Mondays
The main street is lined with fashion boutiques, from large names such as Sisley and Benetton to local brands like Carpisa and Chagall. Plenty of shoe shops.
The old town is full of cafes and bars and is great for hanging out during the morning and late afternoon, and especially in the evening.
Simple but comfortable rooms with kitchen, in the centre of the old town. Giuseppina is extremely friendly and speaks excellent English.
A yearly event in November, takes over the Cinema Teatro Pacifico and a few other venues to show local, Italian and international film.
An excellent pizzeria (with fantastic tasting dough) popular with a young crowd, with local wines and some exotic beers.
Bar and gelateria with their own brand of ice creams. Also Panini and pastries, closed on Thursdays
An elegant new villa surrounded by olive trees and a natural oak-grove with more than 100 trees.
Largeish four star hotel just outside the old town with reasonable but somewhat soulless rooms.
The Camerata Musicale Sulmonese organise a series of concerts from classical to opera to jazz.
A beautiful self catering holiday apartment in the nearby village of Torre dei Nolfi
Set in a villa slightly outside the old town, with a garden, nicely decorated rooms.
Centrally located near to L'Annunziata, with slightly over-the-top but sweet rooms.
A neat little four star hotel in the centre of the old town, very friendly staff.
A historic property built along a functioning medieval aqueduct.