Visiting Sulmona For Authentic Confetti
To tour around the Abruzzo region in Italy, we were finally renting a car! Every trip we have made, we planned to get a car and have got lulled into the ease of train and bus travel. While that gets you almost everywhere, we knew we were missing poking our heads into places as we wandered off the main routes.
We followed the GPS into the heart of Sulmona, headed for the IAT tourist information spot. Parking the car (free between 1 and 3 pm), we would finally find the IAT marker for the tourist information as we headed back to the car after our visit of the town. While virtually all towns we visited in Italy had tourist offices, it was almost always hard to actually figure out which building they were housed in.
It was a quiet town for the few hours we wandered, evidence to the real slowdown that happens during siesta time. Picking a scenic spot across from a church, we could watch the little traffic that strolled past.
After a good lunch we strolled around and looked at the town sites, picturesque against the backdrop of the mountains in the distance.
We had been told to be sure to get some “confetti“, local candy covered almonds. Little did we know that this would be such an art form with the confetti was displayed as brightly coloured flowers. We made sure to buy our bag of samples!
On To Scanno In The Abruzzo Hillls
Leaving Sulmona, we continued to meander the hills along the narrow twisty roads. Having experienced the roads of Amalfi and our recent 4 weeks along USA’s West Coast PCH, we took the curves with barely a second thought. A few spots were single lane, including through one small tunnel, but we remained undaunted. The only thing that had us wondering was the sign that warned of flooding, apparently for release of flood dams? We were not sure what warning we might get if they decided it was time to open a sluice gate somewhere.
Arriving in our final target destination of Scanno, we parked and wandered around the little town up and down the hilly streets. It was a quaint little town that sported the Italian colours in banners around the town. The locals looked at us everywhere we went. Perhaps it was less of a tourist stop or maybe they were used to tour groups.
This did not deter us as we poked around finding a store that specialized in liquorice, David’s new addiction. Taste testing a variety, David finally left with a bottle of local Liquirizia (a digestive served best ice cold). While many restaurants offered Lemoncello after dinner, David was always quick to ask if he could have Liquirizia instead. Locals were surprised by this request, noting that “only Italians drink Liquirizia”. David would prove them wrong over and over again!
By this time, much of the valleys were in shadow as the sun sunk. We had passed a few hill and valley towns that I wanted to photograph when we were on the way in but passed by, and unfortunately they looked much less interesting when they were fully in the shadows. We stopped a few times for pics but they were much less interesting shots.
Hitting the first autoroute sign, we opted for the fast way home. It was time to head back to Pescara for the day.
What was the first Abruzzo hill town you visited? Did you visit Sulmona and Scanno in Abruzzo? Watch our blog to see all the rest we visited!