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Ovidius Hotel Sulmona | Music Weeks

From £900 | 1st - 21st May 2018





Ovidius Hotel Sulmona


Join us for eight days in Sulmona next Spring. The origins of Sulmona lie deep in our history. We know it as the birthplace of the Latin poet Ovid after whom our hotel is named. Rumour has it that it was founded by a refugee from Troy a man called Sulieman who was a companion to Aeneas. Livy mentions it in his memoirs because during the Carthaginian period the city remained loyal to Rome despite the brief successes enjoyed by Hannibal...

The mountains of Abruzzo which tower over the city and give it a unique atmosphere, provide archaeological evidence to indicate the presence of Oppidium, one of the largest fortified settlements in central Italy. The relevant area is located higher up on the current site of the city. The current location of the city is between the two rivers Gizio and Vella. The rivers are all that is left of a large lake situated here in prehistoric times and released a long time ago by an earthquake. The Greeks referred to the area as “peline” - a muddy place.


In Roman times, Sulmona was the location of three municipalities and suffered several times from the usual power struggles. Sulla destroyed the place. Pompey located a garrison here. Eventually he was removed by Mark Anthony on instructions from Caesar. However a date of historic importance for the city is 43BC, the birth year of the illustrious poet Ovid., the poet of love and of Metamorphosis, then exiled to Tomi, in Romania by the Emperor Augustus. From the initials of the famous half-line “Sulmo Mihi Patria Est” the city has taken the initials for its coat of arms “SMPE”.


The family who own the Ovidius will do their best to help you enjoy a great painting holiday Part of the dining room can be sealed off and used as your studio.  The area is rich in scenery and ancient villages... excellent places for painters to explore .  Unique settings including an ancient village  which is listed as the most picturesque in Italy.  Its a challenge to your skills.   If such opportunities are taken advantage of  the hotel will supply you with packed lunches or direct you to local places for refreshment.  We would like to remind you that we do not supply materials.  That is your responsibility.


Mariadora Santacroce is going to bring a personal touch to your holiday here. You will get a welcome drink on arrival. Your breakfast will present you with a good selection of items, many of them homemade. Your evening meal will feature the excellent hotel cooking. We know we have tried it. It includes a salad buffet a soup dish, pasta and a main course, desert and water and wine featuring the local speciality Montepuliciano D’Abruzzo.

In accordance with “The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tour Regulations 1992” all passengers booking with GO/CTE are fully protected for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid to us, including repatriation if required, arising from cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of GO/CTE.


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76 Croft Road, Carlisle, CA3 9AG

Tel Nos: 01228 526 795 or 01228 523 724





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