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A small town, Sulmona is known best as the birthplace of the illustrious Latin poet Ovid, and as an agricultural and commercial center with a longtime tradition in the goldsmith trade. Ovid's devoted proclamation, "Sulmo mihi patria est" ("Sulmona is my homeland") appears inscribed all over the city; while the letters "SUL" (standing for Sulmona) are engraved in ancient jewels preserved by museums worldwide. Tucked away near some of the highest peaks in the Apennine range, Sulmona is a gem to explore, whether your ideal adventure is low-impact mountain-hiking or meandering the city's quiet courtyards and quaint avenues.

Legend states that the city of Sulmona was founded in 1000 B.C. by Solimo, one of Aeneas' comrades, who was fleeing the city of Troy. The town, known as Sulmo, had a strong historical presence during the Roman Era, and was recorded by chroniclers on many occasions. Its first recorded mention was in 211 B.C., during the Second Punic War, when Hannibal sacked the city. At that time, Sulmo was most famous for its ironsmiths. However, an unfortunate number of earthquakes have left little evidence of the ancient town above ground. Latin poet, Publius Ovidius Naso—otherwise known as "Ovid"-was born here in 43 A.D. A treasured son of Sulmona, the celebrated author is best recognized for his epic work Metamorphoses and erotic Amores.

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Taken on March 6, 2007