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Scanno: the traditions of one of Italy's most beautiful villages

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What are the traditions of the village of Scanno?

Well, for those who do not know, the real wealth of Scanno is contained precisely in its traditions, and they are so beautiful that they deserve to be told.

Here is the reason why this article was born....

Because I want to offer you the opportunity to immerse yourself, little by little, into the heart of this fascinating culture.

So shall we start?

Let's start right away with one of the most famous:

The goldsmith's art of Scanno

traditions of scanno: the art of goldsmithing
© Goldsmith Di Rienzo

Scannese handicrafts encapsulate various traditions, and among them the most popular is precisely the art of goldsmithing.

It has very distant origins, suffice it to say that it began to spread as early as the 17th century and, over time, managed to gain the fame we all know today.

This is also thanks to the typical technique of adorning the jewelry with a gold filigree.

Our jewelry has always adorned the traditional costumes of Scannese women, giving rise to real lines of dedicated jewelry.

But which ones are the most beloved?

Among these we can find:

  • The Presentosa, a round-shaped jewelry piece that can have either an all around indentation or a star shape with filigree inlays and gemstone settings;
  • Circeglie, earrings decorated with pearl pendants;
  • TheCupid, a brooch pendant depicting a cute little angel about to shoot his arrow;
  • The Cicerchiata, a wedding ring adorned with grains of gold;
  • The Sciacquajje, large earrings with swinging pendants.

We continue now with:

The traditional costume of Scanno

women's traditional costume of scanno
© Ersilia Tarullo - Di Rienzo Goldsmith.

The dress that has written centuries of history of Scannese tradition and still persists in the culture of this charming village...

I am talking about the traditional female costume of Scanno!

Studies claim that its origins go as far back as Eastern culture, which explains the particular customs of local women, while others believe its origin has Longobard roots.

Then again, tracing the true origins of this custom is somewhat difficult because of the various civilizations that have invaded the land, but this is not necessarily a bad thing; on the contrary...

It is precisely the fact that there is no certainty that makes this culture so curious and intriguing; in fact, it is no coincidence that Scanno is one of Abruzzo's most popular tourist destinations.

But let's talk a little about the features of this costume:

The dress is characterized by a long skirt that, in ancient times, stood for the social class of the wearer.


Indicating this were the colors (typically dark green) and the type of cloth used.

With the passage of time, this dress has undergone various transformations; in fact, the current model is not exactly like the one it once was.

Previously, the skirt was covered with a heavy fabric characterized by a series of folds, sewn very tightly, that reached down to the ankles, while at the edge it had a red pannolana covering that served mainly to protect against mud and dust.

The sleeves are very wide on the arms and tighten at both wrists and shoulders.

It is fastened at the front where there is a row of buttons called "la buttunera," finally, the costume is completed by "ju cappellitte," or a small traditional hat.

The whole is worked into 18 meters of cloth and weighs approximately fifteen kilograms.

The art of bobbin lace.

It is still uncertain when the technique of bobbin lace in the Scannese territory.

It is estimated to have occurred between the 15th and 16th centuries, which is when Lombard masons and master builders arrived to help rebuild churches and buildings destroyed by the earthquake.

At that time, in fact, the wives of these workers taught local women the technique of bobbin lace-making, which quickly proved to be very popular.

Gradually, our women began to perfect their technique to such an extent that they came to create works so beautiful that they were sold, from there on they decided to make it a real job.

In addition, its processing requires a lot of skill in intersecting the cotton filaments (as they are very thin), in fact, various tools are used to help in the creation, namely: the cushion, pins and bobbins.


Fascinating traditions those of Scanno, aren't they?

Well, imagine what it would be like to experience them in person by fully immersing yourself in the heart of this small village and breathing in the air of pure culture...

If I were you, I would book my next vacation right away 👇🏻

Scanno is waiting for you!



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