Address: Piazza San Giovanni, Scanno

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Description

The building has an articulated construction that defines two sides of Piazza San Giovanni. It consists of a main building - placed at an angle on the right-hand side of the square - and a secondary one in the background, connected by a vaulted passage. The first shows an asymmetrical facade, plastered and divided into four levels - according to the usual pattern of the aristocratic houses of Scanno - and ends with a large carved stucco cornice. Worthy of note are the balconies with Rococo style railings on the top floor and the main entrance, in a Baroque style, distinguished by a portal - balcony system, which is one of several types of portals that adorn many homes and buildings in Scanno. 
The carved, stone arch with square blocks is framed by two pilasters ending in brackets that support the balcony above and is defined by an elegant wrought iron railing.   The jambs of the door, with flared top corners, support the architrave and are surmounted by a pediment with side wings, at the centre of which is a carved shell, a typical Baroque and Rococo motif.
To the left of the portal - added on to the main elevation and resting on a perpendicular structure - is a lowered arch, which connects it to the secondary construction, consisting of a small two-storey building.   Its façade is crowned horizontally, and closed by pilasters with staggered, angular segments. The dominant feature is the 19th-century portal-balcony system, with jambs and an arch framed by pilasters which support the top of the door and which terminates in a neoclassic tympanum.

Historical Notes

The building, located on the corner between Via Silla and Piazza San Giovanni, was named after the owners and belonging to two of the oldest and most distinguished families of Scanno The building is the result of several reconstructions which took place over the centuries. The principal section, on the right-hand side of the square, in its present form dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries and is a testament to the economic prosperity achieved by Scanno at that time. The adjacent building, located at the bottom of the square, is smaller and in a neoclassical style, and was added in the 19th century. It was likely to have acted as a liaison and service entrance to the upper floors of the main building. On the front of the latter, between the first and the second levels on the right, are two plaques affixed in the last century which recall important members of the Ciancarelli family.