Chiesa di Santa Maria ImbaroProvince of Chieti,Italy
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Stazione dell'AquilaProvince of L'Aquila,Italy
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Riserva Naturale Zompo lo SchioppoProvince of L'Aquila,Italy
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Lake Scanno is the largest natural lake in Abruzzo.
Not everyone knows, in fact, that most of the lakes in the region have been created artificially to generate electricity. Lake Scanno, on the other hand, was formed naturally due to a landslide on Mount Genzana, which blocked the course of the river Tasso, flooding the surrounding valley and giving rise to the lake.
This happened many years ago! It seems to date back to the end of the last ice age.
Lake Scanno is located about 922 meters above sea level. It is therefore not surprising, because of the altitude, that it is frozen in winter.
It is located in the luxuriant Sagittario valley between the villages of Villalago and Scanno.
Scanno is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy and, not surprisingly, a favorite destination for photographers from all over the world, where it is still possible to see old women in traditional clothes. Certainly a visit to the village cannot be missed. Lake Scanno, with a maximum depth of 32 meters, has won the blue flag, so it is completely suitable for swimming!
There is an equipped beach where you can spend moments of pure relax. There are mountain bike trails, with the possibility of renting bikes and rickshaws, a children's play area, a parking area for campers, rowing boats and canoes. Windsurfing is also possible.
The lake is rich in flora and fauna, in fact its typical emerald waters are due to the presence of algae and aquatic microorganisms and to the vegetation of the surrounding mountains which is reflected in it.
The waters are full of fish, in particular perch, whitefish and trout, but also catfish and pike, in fact it is possible to practice fishing, according to an inter-municipal regulation with a specific tariff provided on a daily, weekly, monthly or annual basis.
DRIVING ALONG THE ROAD FROM Cansano to Pescocostanzo, near the lower ridges of Majella National Park, visitors will suddenly find themselves driving through a stunning forest known locally as Bosco di Sant’Antonio.
The forest and protected area covers over 500 hectares and was originally a lucus, a sacred forest dedicated to Jupiter, the Roman god of the sky and thunder. However, it was later associated with Saint Anthony and the small medieval hermitage built on the fringes of the forest. The hermitage dates back to the 14th-15th centuries and consists of a small church with a wooden statue of Saint Anthony and living quarters.
The forest is particularly bio-diverse. Other than the predominant beech trees, visitors can find maple, oak, and pear trees, along with rare orchids. Wolves and bears are known to roam the forest’s glades and dark paths. It has been spared clear-cutting for centuries and some of its maple and beech trees are hundreds of years old. Through pollarding, many have now acquired candlestick shapes and massive trunks. Some of the most impressive trees have been given fantasy-themed names such as Fangorn and Sauron.
The forest is particularly beautiful during autumn and can be explored quite during all seasons thanks to several trails and cross-country skiing tracks.
Most trails depart from the Piazzale del Bosco di Sant'Antonio where you can also find a restaurant. Trail n. 10 is a two kilometers long trail and runs through the forest to the hermitage.
Outside Castello Aragonese. Was planning to enter but we didn’t know there were fixed schedule for guests so we had to wait until the next day. The castle/fortress looks gorgeous on the outside thus making me feel really excited exploring its interiors.
It always surprises me how Italy can reward you with beautiful landscapes and spots not so far from where you live. Quite often you can visit a place and get back home in the span of a few hours. More than once, and in the course of different seasons, I paid a visit to the Gran Sasso National Park with some friends of mine. Both in cold and hot days the majesty of this area leaves you speechless every single time. Drive across the plain and reach the observatory almost at the top of the mountain. Then visit Rocca Calascio with its fortress for an insane view of the mountain chain.
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This is a mountain "Gran Sasso" in L'aquila province (Italy), my hometown. It's always amazing walking in the mountain and stay in contact with the nature. Everyone should stay more outside than inside.
This is the "heart lake" located in Scanno (Italy). It's little bit hard to reach the top but the view worth it ❤️ near this place there is also a natural reserve where you can feed deer 🦌