A Stop in Sulmona to See Abruzzo Traditional Dress

If you are a fan of Italian traditional dress, one museum to dip into is Sulmona’s Museo Civico Santissima Annunziata.

It was built in 1320 as an orphanage and a hospital and the building is stunning and houses 4 main exhibitions, archaeology, medieval-modern, Roman and Abruzzo-Molise traditional costumes, and the transumanza. 

Each room is designed to give an impression of the Valle Peligna through the ages.  The  traditional dress watercolours range from 1790 to 1861 and it includes a 19th century collection of women’s clothes and accessories from Scanno, Sulmona and Introdacqua.

Booking is Not Required, Entrance €4
Address: Corso Ovidio – 67039 Sulmona (AQ). Green Certificate and mask mandatory.

Books on Traditional Abruzzese Dress & Costume

If you cant get to the museum but would love to delve into a book that explores local Abruzzo traditional dress and costume we recommend ‘Peasant Art in Italy’, Charles Holme

All photos © Pete Austin
Join Pete on the LifeInAbruzzo Facebook Group as he delves into Abruzzo’s history through illustrated books to reveal the region’s past.
Sam Dunham
Author: Sam Dunham

Sam is a very lucky midlife 'mamma' to A who is 12 and juggles her work as a self-employed freelance SEO food and travel copywriter and EFL teacher. She is the founder of the Life In Abruzzo Cultural Association, co-founder of Let's Blog Abruzzo. she is the founder of the 'English in the Woods' initiative, teaching English outdoors in a forest style school.

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Lena Liberale
Lena Liberale
13 November 2021 08:15

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful costume museum in Sulmona! I was there in 1986 but this makes me want to go back and visit the museum again to see how it’s been updated! The drawings are exquisite and it’s wonderful that you supplement the information with a book selection and related articles. This website is so beautiful and rich in the life and traditions of Abruzzo!! Thank you for all your work and dedication to it!!

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