Scafa, Province of Pescara, Abruzzo

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
  • Postal code: 65027
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 085
  • Frazioni: Colli Mampioppo, Crosta, Decontra, Marulli, Pianapuccia, Zappino
  • How to reach it: by road, s.s.n. 5; motorway: A25 exit Alanno-Scafa.


The place derives its name from the "scafa" (=boat) of San Valentino, 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.

What to see

  • 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 Majella National Park.

Events and 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).

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