Sextantio Albergo Diffuso
Scale of 90-100
Unique hotel located at an elevation of 4,100 feet within the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park in the fortified medieval village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio. The 29 accommodations are dispersed among formerly abandoned stoned houses of an ancient village that have been painstakingly brought back to life by visionary hotelier Daniele Kihlgren. Rooms are tastefully appointed with locally inspired design details such as handwoven Abruzzese coverlets, venerable furniture and an abundance of candles but have been modernized to comprise Philippe Starck-designed baths and extremely comfortable beds (no TVs or phones). An excellent restaurant serves traditional Abruzzese cuisine using time-honored recipes and regional ingredients in an atmospheric dining room dominated by two large stone ceiling arches and a central fireplace. Wine tastings are offered in an ancient cellar; cooking, weaving and soap-making classes can be arranged.
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The fascinating experience of traditional rural life in Abruzzo.
It is difficult to find the main office for check-in, and parking is problematic. A PDF map of the village should be sent to guests so that they don’t drive in circles.
Good to Know
The activities are all popular and should be booked well in advance.
Sextantio Albergo Diffuso Features:
- Horseback riding
Average Mid-High Season Rates (including taxes):
Lowest Rate: Classic Room, $160; Editor's Choice: Suite, $310.
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