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 / Metropolitan city L'Aquila (AQ)
Frazioni Frattura
 • Mayor Pietro Spacone
 • Total 134.34 km2 (51.87 sq mi)
Elevation 1,050 m (3,440 ft)
Population (2015)[1]
 • Total 1,883
 • Density 14/km2 (36/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Scannesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 67038
Dialing code 0864
Patron saint Sant'Eustachio
Saint day 20 September
Website Official website

Scanno is a town and comune in the province of L'Aquila, in the Abruzzo region of central Italy.


There are alleys and narrow streets. 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 (Illustrated excursions in Italy by Lear, Edward, 1846). 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, former 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 emigrated to America where he was a steelworker. He was married to Italian-born Anna Pece (born c.1894) and died 9 November 1963 in Los Angeles, California, in the United States. Quinto Mancini lived in the Little Italy neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio, and later moved to the steel town of West Aliquippa, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before living out his retirement in California.

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  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.