November 13, 2017 for 3 nights for 2 adults.
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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
Romantic hilltop hotel. Small at time of staying. Carpark was hard to find as hotel is spread out through ancient town. Stayed here for three nights. The first day it felt like we were literally the only people there. We did two additional activities provided by the hotel and particularly enjoyed truffle hunting with a local guide. The views were fantastic from the small town square. The room had a large bath but no shower. And the toilet was around the back of the bath screen in the bedroom so did not have a door. All the rooms we saw connected onto small communal areas. The door to the room from the communal area was old and could not be closed unless a bolt was slid across from the inside, as to be expected from an old door. A man did come to help us with our air conditioning but we never worked out how to use it. We liked the free fortified wine and water that was in the room when we arrived. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was very pleasant and was continental and very filling. Local produce was used in a good way. There were other services provided by the hotel such as wine bar, restaurant and tea room. We would highly recommend the tea room, where we received a free welcome drink. And also the wine bar which does divine snack food. There are local services in the town such as wool shop, gift shop, ice cream shop and small shop. All of these we visited and would recommend. There are also other restaurants which we found to be of a very high quality.
This was a lovely and charming stay for me and my girlfriend. Very interesting concept being spread throughout an 'ancient village' that we absolutely loved. Staff was great and accommodating. The location was fabulous to do hiking and exploring gran sasso National Park. We loved the cantina for an afternoon snack and drink. Would recommend you have a car to explore the beautiful surrounding areas.
The two highlights of our trip to Abruzzo were staying at Albergo Diffuso Sextantio, in the medieval village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio, and driving through the valley on a quiet sunny day hearing nothing but hundreds of cowbells. Santo Stefano di Sessanio suffered greatly from an earthquake in 2009. After the devastating event, the village was purchased by hotelier Daniele Kihlgren. Kihlgren revived and restored the village using only local materials, striving for historical accuracy. A 29-room boutique hotel was created, offering simple, cozy and elegant accommodations. I loved every bit of our room! I hope these photos will do at least a little justice for this magical place.
CharleyToronto - Toronto
We stayed seven nights in Sextantio Albergo Diffuso. The village oozes medieval charm and is being sympathetically restored. The hotel consists of a number of individual houses that have been tastefully renovated, respecting old traditions while including all modern conveniences. We stayed in a classic room which had a working fireplace and views of the stunning countryside. A truly unique experience.
This village is EXCEPTIONALLY charming and unique, and the Albergo mimics the surroundings and history perfectly. I can't wait to go back, though I wouldn't do summer again - just too hot, crowded (Italian tour buses) and buggy (I got eaten nightly). It is absolutely STUNNING here. Now for the Albergo... The staff are wonderful - friendly, efficient, and knowledgeable - a pleasure to see on a daily basis. We were a large, somewhat rowdy wedding party and they handled us with aplomb. Well done! The food is heavenly. The rooms were a little bit of a mixed bag for me. First off I'd say that if you are at all mobility challenged, you should let them know in advance, and perhaps rethink going at all. The streets of the town are extremely uneven and there are tons of steep stairs everywhere. My first assigned room had a "staircase" that was really more like a ladder and it was very tough to manage. I asked them to switch me, and they graciously made it happen the next morning. As many others have mentioned, these rooms are quite rustic and not for divas of any kind - minimal lighting and mirrors, rock hard beds, wonky wifi and no AC. I didn't mind because the charm made up for any/all of those inconveniences in my book. Where I struggled was with the lack of ventilation. Not just because of the heat, but also because of some strong odors. In my first room it was mildew and in my second it was the fireplace. I can't imagine a fire had been lit in there for months in that I heat (I certainly didn't light one) but it smelled like I was downwind of a bonfire the entire time. My clothes actually smell of fire smoke. It was strange and a bit of a bummer. Some fans would do a world of good. The tiny, medieval windows were just too small to get much fresh air moving around (though plenty big enough for bugs to get in!). I wonder what it's like in the winter.... no bugs but maybe even more smoky? It is a magical place that does push one to experience something different than the norm.
eh555 - San Francisco