The confetti (or Jordan almonds) made in Andria, a large municipality in Apulia, are showcased in the “Giovanni Mucci” Confetti Museum set up in the confectionery factory of the same name, founded by Nicola Mucci in 1894.
Andria, with Sulmona in Abruzzo, is one of the most famous places for this kind of sweet specialty, and flaunts an ancient tradition – complete with illustrious enemies such as bishop Giovan Giuseppe Longobardi, who headed the local dioceses from 1852 to 1870.
Alexandre Dumas, père gave an unsparing description of Longobardi while he was in Southern Italy after following Garibaldi’s Expedition of the Thousand – an experience he wrote about extensively.
“Monsignor Longobardi sternly forbade any carnival fun,” he stated, “as if it were the worst possible crime. For throwing confetti at some friends on Mardi Gras, a Riccardo Spagnoletti, Ottavio and Francesco Fiandolese were struck by his vengeance, and locked in prison.”
In 1930, the delicious local product had its re-match when Mucci provided the confetti for the royal wedding between Umberto II and Marie José of Belgium: a regal endorsement, after such an unfair ban.