This Medieval Courtly Joust itinerary
includes the visit:
(am): to the Cathedral of St Pelino,
to the Hermitage of St Venanzio and Restaurant
Lo Chalet in Raiano;
(pm): to the Cathedral of St Panfilo,
to the Church of the Holy Annunziata,
the visit to the Di Carlo's Museum in
Sulmona, Medieval Courtly Joust.
BUS: VEDA VIAGGI
The Cathedral of St Pelino
The Passio Sancti Pelini, contained in
a parchment manuscript of the 9th-10th
century. It narrates not only the life
and martyrdom of the Saint but also the
legend of the founding of the cathedral.
As far back as the 4th century the people
of Corfinio fulfilled a vow by building
a temple in the place where the body of
the martyred saint was found. The cathedral
refers to a territory that can be dated
back to the Longobard period. The basis
of the name of the Cathedral of St Pelino
derived from the word “balma”,indicating
an area of pertinence, and is located
next to the Peligna Valley. The architectural
complex comprises two separate communicating
blocks: the mausoleum of Pope St Alexander
and the cathedral of San Pelino.
Saint Venanzio's Hermitage in
The surrounding unpolluted environment
makes the hermitage,
set among rock faces, even more attracting.
The fifteenth-century hermitage is founded
on a system of arches anchored to the
rocks just where the gorges get narrower.
The hermitage is made
up of an upper level, where the church
and the hermit's cells lie, and a lower
level, where you can visit the loggia
suspended on the river Aterno and the
Chapel of the seven Marie.
Raiano, 400 mt.
Di Carlo's museum
Legend has it that the confetti of Sulmona
have always existed, even before the advent
of the Christian era, before the presence
of Roman legions in Abruzzo. In other
words, before any tie to religious or
ceremonial ritual. Historical sources
assert that the typical sweets of Sulmona
are not the confetti of today, given that
sugar was unheard of at the time. They
were a similar sweet made of almonds,
honey and flour.
Sulmona, 400 mt.
The Cathedral of St Panfilo (the
Crypt in photo)
The wonderful Cathedral of St Panfilo,
the Patron Saint of Sulmona, is one of
the most beautiful churches in the city.
The former medieval building was built
and restored several times throughout
the ages: today it is a mixture of romanesque-gothic
and baroque art. The main portal, dating
back to the XIV century, is Gothic and
it shows in the lunetta a fresco by Leonardo
Inside the Cathedral a romanesque double
colonnade stands as it was in the past;
in the right nave you can see a XIII-century
wooden Crucifix. In the XI-century crypt
visitors can admire a beautiful XII-century
basrelief (Madonna with Holy Child) and
a XV-century silver bust of St Panfilo.
Sulmona, 400 mt.
The Church of the Holy Annunziata
(and Town Museum)
Together with the adjacent church, which
was completely rebuilt after an earthquake
in 1706, the huge complex is a synthesis
of four centuries of art from Sulmona,
i.e. a mixture of late Gothic, Renaissance
and Baroque styles.
The big soaring columns of the church's
facade, the wonderful mullioned window
with three lights, the flowered ornaments
of the first portal, the elegant mullioned
windows with two lights and the sculptures
in the central portal show a combination
of local and foreign - Lombard and Tuscan
- art tradition.
In the past the palace was a hospital
and the magistrate's house, today
it is the seat of the Town Museum.
The bell-tower, 65,50 meters high, was
built in the second half of the XVI century.
Sulmona, 400 mt.
The Medieval Courtly Joust, in
Major Square (last Sunday
The ancient Chivarly Joust dates back
to the Swabian age and it was in fashion
during the Aragonese Age.
Then during the half of the XVII century,
the lack and the negligence of the knights
compelled the city to leave off doing
the joust,which took place twice a year.
In 1995, luckily, the Joust came back
with great success, and in addition to
the traditional Joust it was introduced
a European Joust with many knights coming
from several European Countries. (move)