A large section of the factory is devoted to the Pelino Confetti Museum where you can see a wide display of old-fashioned confectionery machines and equipment, memorabilia and precious, rare objects relating to the ancient Sulmonese art of confectionary. The museum was founded by the Pelino family in 1988 and is intended to celebrate not only the illustrious history of the Pelino company itself but also that of the other ancient confectioners who have contributed to the fame of Sulmona with their skill from the late Medieval period onwards.

Alle pareti fanno bella vista di sè certificati, premi e partecipazioni a esposizioni internazionali dal 1800 fino ai giorni nostri, oltre ai molti brevetti registrati in giro per l’Europa. Ci sono anche statue e ritratti di antenati della famiglia Pelino, una preziosa collezione di bonbonières antiche e una curiosità: il primo telefono mai installato a Sulmona

You can see on display all of the company’s certificates awarded at all the main fairs and expos around the world from the 1800’s until the present day; and all of the different patents from the various European countries. There are also statues and portraits of Pelino ancestors, a valuable collection of ancient bonbonières and Sulmona’s very first telephone.

In another room you’ll find the reconstruction on a 18th Century confetti workshop including the special utensils and equipment of the day such as mills, a toaster, a threader, mortars, a peeler, a polishing machine and ancient containers of ingredients. There is also a multiple colander which was used specifically in the production of ‘rosolio confetti’.

Big changes in the production process were introduced first in the 1800’s thanks to steam energy and then later with the introduction of electric power in 1893. You can see both the first electric motor and the first hot-air convector used in the factory on display in the museum.

The various prints, photos and information boards help visitors to understand what the confectionary industry has meant to Sulmona and especially to link the present day activity to the past.

I... at only three or four years old, was made ​​to stand on an old dresser, and many people gave me hugs and lot of good confetti

~ V. Alfieri, 1749 - 1803

It is said that in the past they used to throw bunches of tiny, wrapped candy balls and streamers

~ G. Leopardi, 1798 - 1837

The confetti from Sulmona have always been proverbial ... This does not happen elsewhere where the sweets are made using starch.

~ A. De Nino, 1833 - 1907

When the all-sugar confetti are made here in Sulmona, no flour is mixed in and the result is excellent confectionery

~ P. Serafini, 1817 - 1864

We admired the many shops, half of which were confectioners, as the confetti of Sulmona are famous throughout Italy

~ E. Lear, 1812 - 1888

As you know, Giacomo Leopardi was given two bags of Sulmona confetti sweeties by Paulina Ranieri

~ A. Ranieri, 1806 - 1888

Not all were dressed as warriors, and threw confetti...

~ U. Foscolo, 1778 - 1827

Those with wealth made donations and offerings, among which were the gifts of confetti

~ G. Villani, 1274 - 1348

Then, as a gift of joy, the gentlemen and ladies gave out confetti...

~ Lippi, 1606 - 1665

Taking great delight in the fresh (rezo) among the many flasks of different wines and every good type of confetti

~ L. Ariosto, 1474 - 1533

Having been the reasoning long and very hot, she gave ​​him greek and confetti...

~ G. Boccaccio, 1313 - 1375

We received with all our heart your fragrant confetti (At vero eos et accusamus et iusto odio dignissimos ducimus qui blanditiis praesentium voluptatum deleniti atque corrupti quos dolores et quas molestias excepturi sint occaecati cupiditate non...)

~ Pope Gregorio Magno, year 601

From every type of fragrant fruit and flower are made both confetti and wine

~ Gabriele D'Annunzio, 1863 - 1938