(All information and prices are as at June 2003)
Sulmona is located
160 km/100 miles east of Rome and just 74km/46 miles west of Pescara (on the east coast) high up in the Apennine mountains in the Abruzzo region of Italy. Various no-frills airlines fly to both these cities which are linked by motorway and a railway line, both serving Sulmona.
Hotel Italia Sta Chiara church... and convent SS Annunziata church
Piazza Plebicito Sta Maria della Tomba Corso Ovidio Typical house
Piazza Garibaldi Piazza XX Settembre Municipal museum Medieval aqueduct
My Ryanair flight went into the military airport at Ciampino south of Rome rather than the "normal" one at Fiumicino to the west of the city. Yet Ciampino is actually closer to the
centre. You can catch a bus to the end of the Rome underground "Line A" at Anagnina (€1
purchased from behind the bar in the airport), or a different bus to Ciampino train station. Both Metro and train will get you to Termini, the main
railway station in Rome. The train cost me €2 and took about 30 minutes; the Metro only cost 77 cents
– the standard fare for any Metro journey at the time. There is also a dedicated bus service
– meeting all Ryanair flights – direct to the centre of Rome (€12 at the time). I don't know if this applies to EasyJet flights but I would guess so.
I stayed at the 18-room Armando's. A single room without air-conditioning (not necessary in June in the mountains) was €37 per night with breakfast. For me it turned out to be the right choice. Clean, friendly, helpful, excellent continental breakfast, quiet location and only about 600
metres/660 yards easy walk to/from the town
Unless you have a car there, the only other hotel which makes sense for this trip is the Italia (1-star according to the web but the hotel claims 2-star) in the very centre of town in a characterful historic building. It has better, modern bathrooms than Armando's but the staff did not speak English, they had no email and did not offer breakfast. €32 single, €52 double, on room-only basis.
You can find a little more information about the camp including some photographs if you ask at the library. This is situated in Lgo Tommasini, just off the main central square, Piazza XX Settembre (the one with the statue of Ovid).
When I visited, one of the library staff called in a friend who turned out to be a remarkable young man. Stefano Camilli is an expert on WWII, speaks excellent English and once arranged a visit inside the camp for a group of former
PoW who arrived totally unannounced! I won't publish his contact details here but it may be worth asking at the library if he is still around and able to give further assistance.
So speak to the people. They are proud of their partisan past and the assistance they provided to many Allied escapees. They will welcome you and make your visit all the more worthwhile and memorable.
For a detailed description of the camp, use the "Campo PG 78" navigation button in the left margin or click here.
(Last updated 23 August 2009)