Scafa, Province of Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy
The town lies in a fairly flat area, at the confluence of the Lavino with the river Pescara. Thanks to local deposits of asphalt rock, whose exploitation began already in Roman times, Scafa has had a remarkable industrial development.
Altitude: 108 m a.s.l -- Distance from Pescara: 32 km -- Population: ca. 3900 inhabitants -- Zip code: 65027 -- Phone Area Code: 085 -- How to reach it: road: s.s.n. 5; motorway: A25 exit Alanno-Scafa -- Frazioni: Colli Mampioppo, Crosta, Decontra, Marulli, Pianapuccia, Zappino
The village derives its name from the "scafa" (=boat) of San Valentini, because until the 19th century the site was used as a boat passage on the Pescara. Around 1870 the modern town began to form, right next to the wooden bridge that replaced the boats. Scafa became a separate municipality only in 1948, having previously belonged to the jurisdiction of San Valentino in Abruzzo Citeriore.
Points of Interest
- the Parco Territoriale Attrezzato Sorgenti Sulfuree sul Lavino (Sulfurous Springs Territorial Park on the Lavino), with striking turquoise-blue waters, a color created by the presence of sulfates.
- the Maiella National Park
Events & Festivities
- June 14 to 15: Feast of St. Anthony of Padua (hamlet Decontra)
- End of August: Feast of Santa Maria del Carmelo (Our Lady of Mount Carmel)