Lake Scanno: the heart-shaped lake



The heart-shaped of Scanno lake


The most romantic lake in Abruzzo

Did you know that Lake Scanno has the shape of a heart? Due to its particular shape, Lake Scanno is considered the most romantic lake in Abruzzo and one of the favorite destinations for many couples in love looking for relaxation.

Lake Scanno does not actually have the shape of a heart but there is a certain observation point that actually gives this impression.

The panoramic point from which you have this wonderful view of the lake can be reached by walking along a path called "the path of the heart" which in half an hour walking through the woods will take you to a point where the view will leave you speechless.

Nestled between the surrounding mountains, Lake Scanno, from this panoramic point, will magically appear with a romantic and suggestive heart shape and the spectacle to be admired will be totally different in every season of the year.


Path of the heart in Scanno lake


Lake Scanno

Lake Scanno is the largest natural basin in the region, it is located at 922 meters above sea level and was formed by the damming of the valley following a landslide on the Mount Genzana.

The lake has a length of about 1500 meters and a width of 800 and, at the deepest point it measures about 32 meters, a depth that remains stable throughout the year thanks to the contribution of Tasso and Giordano streams which are the direct tributaries of the lake.

Lake Scanno, due to its abundance of water, feeds some small lakes from the subsoil, including Lake Pio in Villalago, moreover the river Sagittario, the only emissary of the lake, has helped to shape the wonderful Sagittario 's Valley.

In this splendid area, a stone's throw from the National Park of Abruzzo, there are numerous species of animals that symbolize the region, such as the brown bear, the wolf and the deer that have found their ideal habitat here.


Church of lake Scanno


Activities on Lake Scanno

The lake is one of the main attractions of the Sagittario's Gorges Regional Nature Reserve and especially in summer there are many vacationers who decide to spend the day on its banks to escape from the heat and take advantage of the many activities that can be done in its vicinity.

Whether you are a sportsman or simply want to relax on one of the sun loungers placed on the small equipped beaches, the structures adjacent to Lake Scanno provide numerous services for all needs.

For sports lovers it is possible to practice surfing and canoeing being able to enjoy the surrounding landscape directly from the center of the lake, moreover mountain lovers will have various hiking trails available on the Marsican mountains. 

Near Lake Scanno, in addition to the hermitage of Sant'Egidio and the church of Madonna del Lago, to complete the tourist offer there are several small and interesting villages to visit including the pretty Scanno which is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.


Village of Scanno


The village of Scanno

Scanno retains a medieval charm made up of centuries-old culture and traditions, along the narrow alleys inside the historic center, you can admire palaces and churches characterized by different architectural details that enrich it with charm.

In the small village there are about 2000 souls but often some Marsican bear claims their belonging to the territory by roaming the streets of the historic center in search of food in what is also their home. 

The many activities in the area, as well as the proximity to the lake, often fills Scanno with tourists who enjoy the hospitality of its inhabitants.

Among the most important events, "Ju catenacce" which takes place every 14 August, attracts many visitors to attend an important historical re-enactment in which women wear a traditional costume symbol of art of the embroidery of Scanno.


My impression about Lake Scanno:


Lake Scanno is a place that I literally have in my heart! One of those classic destinations for going out on a Sunday to which I dedicate at least one visit a year to enjoy the beauties offered by the land of bears.

Even just taking the panoramic road to reach it fills my eyes in fact there are many places in its vicinity that deserve to be visited making Lake Scanno a destination for several days too.

A relaxing and romantic place that I highly recommend and that will enter your heart!



Must see places in Lake Scanno:

  • Path of the heart

The path of the heart is the path that in about 30 'walk leads to the viewpoint from which to admire Lake Scanno in particular heart shape

  • Madonna del Lago church

The church of Madonna del Lago is right next to the road that runs along the lake and from there you can enjoy a beautiful view



Must see places near Scanno lake:

  • Lake San Domenico (5 Km/3,1 mi)

The lake of San Domenico is defined as the emerald lake for its magnificent chromatic shades

  • Scanno (4 Km/2,5 mi)

Scanno is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy and it is not uncommon to meet a bear walking through its streets

  • Gorges of Sagittario (15 Km/9,3 mi)

The Gorges of Sagittario is a nature reserve located inside a canyon carved by the clear Sagittario River



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