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Sulmona: the splendid city of confetti

Sulmona is famous in the world as "The City of Confetti", and this fame has often overshadowed the culturally most important reputation of having given birth to the Latin poet Ovid.

our emigrants, especially in the United States, Canada and Australia have made known in the last century the goodness of this typical craft product. The "confetti" in Sulmona are already produced in the Middle Ages, however we do not talk about "confetto", but of "confettura", a term that indicated shelled almonds and walnuts covered with honey.

They are mentioned by Boccaccio in the Decamerone and in other documents of illustrious historians of the time there was already talk of the use of throwing confetti on the spouses during weddings. In the fifteenth century were the Poor Clares of the Monastery of Santa Chiara in Sulmona to make the first bouquets of flowers of confetti, wrapping themselves in silk threads to pay tribute to the noblewomen who were married. In the 1600s, the confetto took the form and the ingredients as we know it today, and became a luxury product, due to the cost and scarcity of the raw material, the sugar, which was imported from abroad.

It was a very welcome gift to princes and bishops, the only ones who could afford to eat sugar at will. Only on the Feast of the Assumption, on the 15th of August, during the Giostra, the magistrate of the city, together with other nobles, set up a cart from which he launched confetti to the people. Already in 1846 Sulmona boasts about 12 factories of confetti, so famous and appreciated to be exported throughout Italy. What makes the "Confetto di Sulmona" unique is both the exclusive processing patent, which allows the sugar to be fixed to the almond or to another ingredient without adding starches and flours, and above all the splendid craftsmanship.

Those who come to Sulmona for the first time are enchanted by the large number of baskets filled with colorful confetti flowers and the most varied forms that the many craft shops in the historic center exhibit in the eyes of tourists. It is difficult to remain indifferent to an ear of wheat, a shoot of grapes or a violet of thought scented with sugar and almonds. In addition, every party or special occasion has its confetto: light blue or pink for birth, red for graduation, silver and gold for wedding anniversaries and more. It is said that Giacomo Leopardi a few hours before he died wanted to eat a "Confetto Cannellino di Sulmona" which since then assumed the noble predicate "of Leopardi".