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What We Love

  • Rate includes buffet breakfast
  • The sense of living in a real Italian village
  • Authentic medieval architecture — but with huge bathtubs and discreet air conditioning
  • Spectacular views of the surrounding national park and mountains
  • The hotel’s restaurants serve seasonal dishes from traditional local recipes
  • A visit here helps preserve the cultural heritage of Abruzzo
  • Lots of hiking, biking, wildlife spotting and skiing in the surrounding park
  • The breakfast buffet is excellent, with homemade cakes, local cheeses and even prosciutto carved on demand

What To Know

  • This is a remote village (93 miles from Rome)
  • The authentic experience means no in-room TVs or minibars
  • There’s no pool, spa or fitness center
  • This isn’t the place for nightlife; everything closes around 11 p.m.
  • Not all rooms have showers, but the huge stand-alone baths are lovely
  • The altitude means evenings can get chilly, even in summer
  • Couples will enjoy the incredibly romantic setting, but there are lots of outdoor activities suitable for families with older children as well


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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The Review

With a stay at Sextantio Albergo Diffuso in Santo Stefano di Sessanio, you’ll be in the historical district and within the region of Campo Imperatore Observatory and Museo Nazionale d’Abruzzo. This 4-star hotel is within the region of Campo Imperatore Gondola and Forte Spagnolo.

Make yourself at home in one of the 27 individually decorated guestrooms. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature bidets and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as complimentary bottled water and a turndown service.

Pamper yourself with onsite massages or enjoy recreation amenities such as bicycles to rent. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare (surcharge), and wedding services.

You can enjoy a meal at a restaurant serving the guests of Sextantio Albergo Diffuso, or find a snack in a coffee shop/café. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Featured amenities include express check-in, express check-out, and a 24-hour front desk. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available on request).

How to Get There

Sextantio Albergo Diffuso
Via Principe Umberto SNC
Santo Stefano di Sessanio, 67020 Italy


4.5 Very Good 853 Reviews

Can't say enough about this unique and amazing hotel in the middle of the mountains of Abruzzo. Great rooms, food and things to do in the area. We stayed three nights here at Sextantio but wish we had one more. Please open mo

What a gem!

We only stayed one night on the way from Tuscany to Puglia by car and we wished we were staying a few more days. Excellent initiative to restore this small and beautiful town damaged 10 years ago in the earthquake. Yes being restored for tourists yet done in such a sympathetic way that the soul of the village has been preserved and the accomodation is quaint yet exceedingly comfortable and beautiful. The restaurant was exceptional. Magnificent surroundings and an easy road trip (not that far off A24 or A25) which allowed us to see the impressive Appenine mountains. On top of that somehow we left some valuables there and they were recovered without fuss. A must visit.

Dive into a timeless way of life

sextantio is not a luxury hotel: no air conditioning, no tv, no panoramic window. It is an immersive ride in a millenarian rural civilization nurtured with classical and renaissance culture - Abruzzo shepherds and Medici rulers - carefully and passionately preserved in the charming medieval small town of santo Stefano, where the “diffused hotel” rooms sparse in various buildings and the shared services and spaces offer you an unique experience in amazing settings with original furniture and artifacts mixed with modern design. Everything - from decor to food - here transmits a genuine passion for a past yet not lost local tradition and its precious lesson for modernity. Uniquely and deeply Italian.