Sextantio Albergo Diffuso in Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Abruzzo, Italy
Imagine truly escaping from the modern world, discovering a gorgeous village seemingly untouched by time, and immerse yourself in the beauty and serenity of Italy's rolling Apennine Mountains at Sextantio Albergo Diffuso. Nestled amidst verdant valleys in a historic medieval village, enjoy the elegance of simple living, good company, food, and wine, and find yourself feeling refreshed and rejuvenated as you truly unwind. Simple, quiet cottage-style rooms welcome you with a warm and inviting ambiance, stone hearths giving off gentle heat and casting dancing shadows on the ancient walls. Heated stone floors and comfortable beds ensure your every comfort, while the refreshing breeze and clear, sunny skies instantly bring a smile to your face. Gaze out over the gorgeous, flowing hills, relax and enjoy a quiet meal with the perfect wine, and breathe in complete tranquility at Sextantio Albergo Diffuso.
Wake to the gentle morning as the village begins to come alive, and sit down to enjoy a warm, delicious home-crafted breakfast as the sun rises over the valley. Venture out into town and visit some of the local artisans as they craft traditional textiles, wines, and amazing local delicacies. Make time for an exciting historic tour of the renaissance hill town of Santo Stefano di Sessario village, and continue on to discover the mountaintop fortress of Rocca Calascio, the highest in the Apennines, before taking in the sweeping views from the mountain shelter of Rifugio Racollo. Visit the high mountain plains of Fonte Vetica to sample amazing salumi, cheese, and mouth-watering fresh meats grilled in the cool, open-air, and stop in at the Astronomic Observatory and the Church of Madonna della Neve. After a wonderful day of exploring, return to the hotel for a deep massage and aromatherapy treatment before a magical candle light dinner. Dine on fine local cuisine crafted in traditional style, at The Locanda Sotto gli Archi restaurant, and relax next to the wonderful stone fireplace as you sip wine and watch the sun set on your first fabulous day. At Sextantio Albergo Diffuso, each day is this amazing, and the next promises even more as you discover the beautiful mountains of Italy.
Location of Sextantio Albergo Diffuso
Nearest Airport: PSR
Amenities for Sextantio Albergo Diffuso
- General Information
- 29 Guest Rooms
- 2 Restaurants
- Organic Cuisine
- Healthy Cuisine
- Afternoon Tea
- On-Site Amenities
- Spa Services
- Gift Shop
- Cooking Classes
- Wine Tasting
- Cooking Demonstrations
- Business Center/Services
- Meeting Rooms
- Arts & Crafts
- Historic Sites
Reviews for Sextantio Albergo Diffuso
Visiting Santo Stefano was a truly unique experience. It felt like we had stepped back in time. Our room was very comfortable with 'arte povero' style furnishings and a bathtub and modern bathroom fixtures - lot's of atmosphere especially with the candle light. The village is very picturesque set high up in the Abruzzo Mountains, and provides a range of art and craft shops, restaurants and bars set within the maze of lane ways. Our lunch in the Locanda restaurant and tasting dinner in the Cantinone were fabulous.We would highly recommend the truffle hunting expedition and the local hiking is great. Very authentic experience.
Can-eco-explorer - Toronto, Canada
This hotel has been developed from a ruined, abandoned medieval village in the Gran Sasso mountains of Ambruzzo. In fact, its a work in progress! They're a bit purist about it - even down to the delicious cooking in the restaurant. I loved it, but my husband was a bit grumpy about the amenities! Only quibble is the signage - it was impossible to find reception - in the end, the little daughter of a shopkeeper had to lead us to it. Seriously, how hard can it be to put some proper signs up with correct distances on them?
kwdl - London
Open your mind and think how you could spend a few days in a medieval house. This was my expectation about Sextant. I think it was largely fulfilled. The borough is under reconstruction, but the hotel, which is scattered around it, looks amazingly well preserved. The dĂ©cor, with touches of medieval design, is tasteful. The bedroom lightning is appropriately kept low, and creates shaded areas. In addition, there are lit candles around the room to strengthen a characteristic medieval atmosphere. We booked a superior room with three ambiences, a bedroom, a living with kitchen and a bathroom, in two levels, and close to a small busy square with a couple of bars and a shop. The noise from the square, by no means, was a disturbance. Do note that, in spite of being a design hotel, it does not mean it is sumptuous. Itâ€™s not, as it does not imply in certain modern comforts. There are little luxuries in the room such as a courtesy delicious bottle of liquor and a jar of water. Thatâ€™s it! The minibar is empty, but itâ€™s useful to keep your own drinks cold. There are no modern comforts such as room service, telephone, TV, air conditioning, nor even internet, which was a burden. We thought we would find a wifi system in the room that would be helpful to plan our trip. Internet was only available in limited places, such as the wine bar and the reception. We could not capture network even in the restaurant. This is something that could be looked at by the management. We found the Gran Sasso Park and its Parco Imperiale absolutely amazing. We drove around it for hours. We also accepted the hotel invitation to do the Refugio Racollo early evening ride and typical dinner under the stars. This, however, was a mistake. The proposal is amateur and does not meet expectations. An overbooking created a delay, and we had to stand in the parking lot for a second car. Instead of a van, we road a dusty pickup truck with a hot Exhaust pipe which burned my leg. Now I have a scar to remind me of this forgettable evening. The ride through the mountains was the only good moment, but the windows were dusted and it was difficult to enjoy the view. The restaurant is a refuge in the mountains with outdoor tables. As they were all taken, and noisy, due to some event, we were hosted indoors. That was a good thing. It was also a cold evening, but that meant no dinner under the stars. The service was endlessly slow and the food was just some tasteless pasta with a tomato sauce, overcooked barbecue (in â€śNyama Chomaâ€ť style), and â€śrusticâ€ť red wine. I left an overcooked steak on my dish to be disposed, and I heard from the manager that â€śthe dogs would be happy that nightâ€ť. I suppose it was meant to be a joke. I prefer to think this way. All services were friendly but extremely humble. This was a disappointment as I was expecting a special first evening in Santo Stefano. Another aspect that could be improved is the breakfast service. First I must say that the restaurant is charming and has a cute little terrace with a view of the mountains. However, I found little variety of, particularly, fresh products and bread. I enjoyed the coffee, the yogurt and the apple cake, but the two latter ones were only available in the first day. Maybe something happened in the second day, because one of the waitresses was surprisingly tempered, and made us wonder if we were not disturbing her for asking some assistance with coffee and milk. Anyhow, excluding this awkward dinner and the tempered employees, we had a good time, and would like to return, hoping that these comments will help the management to make desirable adjustments before hand.
Bacuri - Brasilia, DF
You must stay here!! The drive through the mountains was one of the best of our road trip. When we arrived we were blown away by how beautiful the location was. The rooms are just sexy and tastefully decorated in keeping with the historic location. The staff are all wonderful and helpful. A free upgrade just made it more perfect. Eating in the various parts of the castle was a highlight of our holiday. The 1 Litro vino porcelain jugs are famous. When we stayed in Gaurdiagrele they had them straight from Sextantio. The story behind this place is the stuff of dreams.
karl_wilberforce - London, United Kingdom
This hotel offers a unique experience that is absolute heaven for some travelers, but not recommended for others. If you expect to be pampered with luxurious bedding, stocked mini-bars, huge TVs, and ultra-modern accommodations, you will be sorely disappointed. If, on the other hand, you appreciate history, community, restoration, and a sense of wonder, this place is your dream. The rooms are austere, but some visitors will notice the wide plank floors, stone fireplaces, and simple but effective windows that have provided comfort for centuries. In the evening spend time in the main palazzo, studying how the locals interact and preserve the sense of community lost to many modern societies. If you can stay for a few days, the locals will start to accept you as a new friend, making your stay all the richer. This is not a hotel for the elite traveler. It's a refuge for those seeking a taste of the real Abruzzo, surviving for centuries in its own quiet beauty.
DanGlanz - Locust Grove, Virginia