Traditional costumes in Scanno, Abruzzo

While flicking through my Italian photo archives the other day I found these wonderful photos that my American friend Linda sent me. She was visiting a small mountain village of Scanno in Abruzzo last summer and came across two local women wearing traditional clothes.

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Scanno is one of very few places in Italy where you can snap pictures like that, as older women still wear traditional attire daily. Although, it has been simplified to a large dark skirt sitting above the waist, shoulder shawl and a headscarf tied at the back, it still echoes the old days. Back in the 1950s, when most local women were still sporting traditional outfits, some skirts were made with up to 15 metres of fabric. Locals will tell you that wool skirts sometimes weighed around 10 kilograms. Younger people in Scanno dress in brighter, more elaborate folk costumes once or twice a year for festivals or, sometimes, a wedding. The best time to spot local ladies in their traditional garb is on a Sunday before or after the morning mass at the Santa Maria della Valle church on the central piazza. But be warned, not many of them like being photographed, so it is better to ask them.

Photos by Linda Ragusa
8 Responses
  • Chris
    March 14, 2016

    Loved the pictures really got the feel of the characters…the faces are priceless…

  • upatthevilla
    March 14, 2016

    Fabulous shots, Linda! When I tried to take pictures, they told me “no.” (I snuck a few anyway, but not like these! Brava!

    • linda
      March 15, 2016

      Thanks upatthevilla! Yeah, we were surprised that they both said yes, especially the second woman but as you can tell, she wasn’t too happy about it.

  • Sasha Wang
    March 15, 2016

    They look so lovely! Tradition is one of the thing that never goes out of style. I found it missed in China (where I originally from), but I can tell it is highly appreciated in Italy. Mitico!

  • Jo Galdo
    March 15, 2016

    Beautiful photos! In the Rome province I have seen an old man wearing traditional soft leather shoes with wrap around strings. I think they are called “ciocia” and originate from Etruscan times.

  • so beautiful! love the face in the last one 😀

  • Martijn
    March 15, 2016

    You don’t really want to mess with that Nonna, do you? Great shots!

  • Laney
    March 24, 2016

    A picture sure speaks 1,000 words – great shot!

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