Lake of Scanno

Lake of Scanno

Lake Scanno is located in central Italy, in the Abruzzo region, in the province of L'Aquila, in the Sagittario valley and is the most evocative mountain lake in this region.

Naturally formed, located at 922 meters above sea level, it occupies an area of ​​1500 meters, with a width of 800 and a maximum depth of 32 meters.
Dominated by Monte Genziana, defined as the "sentinel of the Abruzzo parks", its tributaries are the River Tasso and the Jordan River.

Its shores are mainly composed of limestone and marly rocks.
Among the main plant species there are marsh reeds, brasche and gamberaie; while poplars, lime trees and willows adorn its banks.
The animal species that can be admired are mallards, coots, owls, hawks, golden eagles and there is no shortage of wolves and bears.
Its waters are rich in perch, whitefish, trout, catfish and pike.
The climate is rather cold in winter and cool in summer so that its waters are quite cool.

La its characteristic heart shape every year it attracts tourists interested in the beauty of the places, the climate and the surrounding environment.
This area is also called "Italian Tibet" for its partial geographic isolation and for the serenity that its places are able to convey to the visitor.

The towns that capture the tourist's attention are Scanno and Villalago.
Scanno located at 1050 meters above sea level also known as the "golden village" or "photographers' village" is famous for its traditions still preserved by its inhabitants, it is a medieval town, with its houses leaning against each other, it preserves a tradition of goldsmithing and bobbin lace. Full of well-kept lanes, time seems to have stopped here.

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Villalago located at almost a thousand meters above sea level, on the top of Monte Argoneta, classified among the most beautiful villages in Italy, arranged as an amphitheater on the side of Monte Argatone, is characteristic for its narrow alleys, its stone houses, squares overlooking breathtaking views.

On Lake Scanno you can practice various recreational activities from fishing subject to specific tariffs by inter-municipal regulation, which can be exercised on a daily, weekly, monthly or annual basis, to the rental of boats, pedal boats also electric, bicycles to travel along the lake. one or four seats.
The waters of Lake Scanno are suitable for swimming enough to win the title of Blue Flag.

Among the excursions not to be missed the one at the nature reserve will allow children to admire, caress and feed about twenty fallow deer, if they are lucky enough to see some Bambi. The adjoining playground will allow them to spend an afternoon in joy, while the refreshment point will allow them to have a delicious snack.

Among the excursions for adults there are, in addition to the "path of the heart" which will give photography enthusiasts good ideas for memorable shots, the historic center of Scanno, charming, welcoming, rich in traditions, of food shops with typical products; the Church of the Madonna del Lago, built in the rock, is located on the road that leads to the lake, you pass under it as in a tunnel; the Hermitage of Sant'Egidio located on a hill also from here you will have excellent ideas for taking pictures; the Chiesetta degli Alpini, reachable by chairlift from Scanno, from which you can admire a fantastic panorama, beautiful paths and where you can taste excellent Abruzzo dishes in the adjacent refreshment point.
The excursion to Monte Genziana is certainly one of the ten most interesting itineraries in Abruzzo.

Last but not least, the sense of hospitality of the inhabitants of this land which is characterized by simplicity, shrewdness, respect, warmth, care towards the tourist who goes there in search of relaxation or to taste their typical dishes. or to steal unique shots from the heights of the mountains that the Abruzzese have the privilege to experience every day.


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