Scanno: An Enchanted Nature in a Timeless
A Heart of Nature embraced by Mountains
The high Sagittarius Valley is a huge amphitheatre of
mountains that often exceed the 2000 metres, with the
lake in the middle. Most of the territory is between two
major ridges, opposing one another. the charming basin
of Lake Scanno (1 square km surface), is the result of
a landslide occurred in the post-glacial age. Around these
magical waters, awarded with the Blue Flag, a walk on
foot, on horseback or mountain bike is compulsory.
Almost everything that surrounds the visitor, here in
the territory of scanno, is protected sites, identified
by the Ministry of Environment as sites of Community interest
(sic areas). Here we can find limestone hills with glacial
erosion (circuses), screes, valleys with steep slopes,
plateaux rich in springs, extended beech, woods of Turkey
oaks and Pinus nigra pinewood.
These are established breeding sites for tha wolf, the
Marsican bear, the chamois and the wild cat.
Among the rare animal and plant species are the Arvicola
of the snow (Microtus nivalis) and variety of wild garlic,
Allium phthioticum while the gentian is located on Mount
Genzana, from which the plant probably took its name.
We also find beautiful flowers such as the Orchid Nigritella,
the Giglio martagone and the many routes. An interesting
route, but not for all, is the one going to the Stazzo
of Montagna Grande and to Mount Argatone; other less demanding
paths lead on the Mount Genzana, on the Rovere, on the
Ciminiere Pass and on the Terratta Top. Godo Pass and
mount Rotondo satisfy all winter sports lovers.
From Questua Songs to the glories of Halloween
We are in abruzzo, a region that more than others, perhaps
for its natural isolation, still keeps strong ties whit
tradition. Scanno confirms this rule organism every year
particularly fascinating events. Following the holiday
calendar, we mention the most representative festivals,
like the one on 5th and 6th january in which they celebrate
the "Night of Chezette" (Serenade of
stockings), a unique Quest song. On this occasion group
of boys, equipped whit musical instruments, go singing
under girls' house windows until they celebrate St.
Antony Barone (Abate), said the Lily; after the religious
ceremony, the sagne, a hand-made pasta, are cooked inside
huge copper boilers.
At Easter time, the procession of the Holy Friday,
whit the singing of Our lady of the Lake is accompained
from the churc on the lake to the parish churc in procession.
The festival of St. Anthony (the Lily) represented
the return of flocks from Puglia, on the next Sunday following
13th June. On 10th August there is the festival of
St. Lorenzo, while on 14th August the historical evocation
of a wedding procession called "Ju catenacce"
(the bolt), in typical
costumes, is held, leading the bride to churc and later
to the new husband's home. Two days later, on 16th, a
wonderful candlelight on the shores of the lake can be
admired. On 20th September they celebrate St. Eustachio,
with a peculiar procession. In autumn there is the
dance of Pupazza (1st Sunday in October) and the festival
of S. Martino (10th November evening). Finally the Living
Nativity, represented from 28 december to the esrly
days of January, in traditional costumes fron Scanno.
Among the several events, we name the international "Scanno
price", taking place in summer, and the "International
Photography Award", held since 1998.