Scanno, Abruzzo

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Comune di Scanno
Borgo di scanno.jpg
Scanno is located in Italy
Location of Scanno in Italy
Coordinates: 41°54′7″N 13°53′4″E / 41.90194°N 13.88444°E / 41.90194; 13.88444Coordinates: 41°54′7″N 13°53′4″E / 41.90194°N 13.88444°E / 41.90194; 13.88444
Country Italy
Region Abruzzo
Province L'Aquila (AQ)
Frazioni Frattura
 • Mayor Giovanni Mastrogiovann
 • Total 134.68 km2 (52.00 sq mi)
Elevation 1,050 m (3,440 ft)
Population (28 February 2015)[1]
 • Total 1,883
 • Density 14/km2 (36/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Scannesi
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code 67038
Dialing code 0864
Patron saint St. Eustace
Saint day 20 September
Website Official website

Scanno (Abruzzese: Scannë) is a town and comune in the province of L'Aquila, in the Abruzzo region of central Italy.

The town is bordered by Anversa degli Abruzzi, Barrea, Bisegna, Bugnara, Civitella Alfedena, Introdacqua, Opi, Pescasseroli, Pettorano sul Gizio, Rivisondoli, Rocca Pia, Villalago and Villetta Barrea.


Situated in the Sagittario Valley and encircled by the Majella mountains, Scanno has been immortalised by photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson (1951) and Mario Giacomelli (1957–59) and, according to Edward Lear, was host to Italy’s most beautiful women.[2]

Local legend has it that Scanno’s natural lake (Lago di Scanno - stocked with pike and perch and Abruzzo’s largest natural basin) was created by a feud between a white witch and a sorcerer; the lake marking the spot where the witch finally fell.


For a brief period during World War II, future Italian president Carlo Azeglio Ciampi was a refugee in the town.

Quinto Mancini (1893–1963), the father of American composer Henry Mancini, was born in Scanno on 13 March 1893 and later emigrated to America.

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  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. ^ Lear, Edward (1846). Illustrated excursions in Italy.