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Scanno, Abruzzo
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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 (1957-1959) 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 March 13, 1893 and emigrated to America where he was a steelworker. He was married to Italian-born Anna Pece (born c.1894) and died November 9, 1963 in Los Angeles, CA, USA. 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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