The traditional confetti originating from Sulmona in Abruzzo can be seen everywhere in Italy. This is not the paper stuff thrown at weddings, but fabulous sugared coated almonds of every color. They are popular as gifts handed out at the end of marriage ceremonies and other such romantic occasions.
The industry developed in the town around 250 years ago. One of the first, and perhaps most famous of the local factories, 'Pelino' dates from 1783 and the oriignal part of the factory can be visited very close to the historical centre of Sulmona. Inside the doors is as close to a real Willy Wonka chocolate factory as you can get, although what we see is as much for presentation as use. A small museum completes the tour