Living in a big city, we are always keeping our ears open for good places to go on a day trip to escape the chaos and craziness and see some nature! After living in Rome for nearly 3 years, we finally heard of the amazing, yet somewhat hidden lake, Lago di Scanno.
The lake is in the Province of L’Aquila, Abruzzo. It is located in the Appennino Abruzzese north of Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo. The water is this amazing blue green color that doesn’t even look real. It’s surrounded by the hills covered with beautiful pines. There are actually two different areas—one on the north that has a restaurant, bar, and place to rent paddle boats. We rented a paddle boat for an hour and it was the perfect amount of time to cruise around the lake and soak up the sun. The south side is more remote with a small chapel, picnic area, and playground for kids. We brought our own snacks for a small picnic and the kids played in the water despite the fact that it was freezing!
After a full day of fun on the lake, we decided to head into the nearby village for a lovely dinner, alfreso, and a passeggiata. The village is full of charm, character, and iconic moments happening all around you. Days like these—of exploring the beauty of creation and adventuring together—go down in the books for really feeling like we live in Italia. And making memories like this as a family is absolutely THE best thing ever!