Published November 14, 2011 by Tony


More places I visit in the neighboring regions, the more I am convinced that the south of Italy is full of beautiful places rich in traditions and culture. Last week I got to spend a couple of days on the little Lake Scanno, in the province of L’Aquila, and was impressed by the beauty of the surrounding countryside and villages. We are talking about the Abruzzo region in central Italy, which extends from the Apennines to the Adriatic sea, and the village Scanno is between the Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo and the upper Sagittario valley, surrounded by a rugged and peculiar landscape.
Scanno takes its name from the place in which it is situated.
The Romans gave the name scamnum, “scanno”, stool to the rocky crag on which rest the first buttresses of the hills in the valley. To reach the Scanno lake, the largest natural lake in Abruzzo, I had to cross rocky mountainous road through the Sagittario Gorge with sights sometimes really spectacular. The lake is located at an altitude of 922m above sea level, in the basin between Montagna Grande and Monte Genzana, so the temperature is very pleasant in the summer but kinda fresh and damp in autumn, when the first rains bring water to trickle down from the surrounding mountaintops.
And in this area water is not lacking for sure, with different fountains in every village from which springs endless fresh water.
The lake in the fall gives the opportunity to enjoy the fresh mountain air and the serenity with all the wondrous colors that the surrounding nature offers. This enchanting place is beneficial for body, mind and spirit; the idyllic area amazes and inspires you to dream and relax.
Below you can see some photograph I took while excursioning around.

scanno lake

Lake Scanno viewed by Frattura village

scanno lake

The lake at dusk

scanno lake

The lake is full of fish

scanno lake

A romantic place

scanno lake

The street rimming the lake

scanno lake
Many relaxing and solitary zones
The village of Scanno

The old abandoned village of Frattura

fountain in Scanno
Some fountains

Fountain in Barrea


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