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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


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.

Super cool hotel, extraordinary history

This hotel was an extraordinary surprise. Rooms and facilities are dispersed ("diffuso") throughout the town of Santo Stefano di Sessanio, so you feel like the whole town is your hotel.

At check-in, our host walked us to our room, pointed out the wine bar, restaurant, and other options in town, and recommended (and then booked) an incredible vegetarian restaurant for us just down the hill.

Room was amazing and cozy. Only complaint is that cobblestone floors were pretty rough on bare feet (but I suppose it was authentic!).

Wonderful, Immersive Experience!

My fiancé and I had a truly memorable stay here. The atmosphere in the village and the hotel was so tranquil and different from what a typical hotel is like. The care and thought that went into maintaining the feeling of what living here hundreds of years ago was like is felt right away. Candle light, stone floors, sounds of wildlife are transportive; what few furnishings (a light here and there and modern bathroom appliances) are used were carefully selected to fit into the original aesthetic and were quite impactful and unobtrusive to the experience.

The staff was also EXTREMELY accommodating and kind. Due to a broken machine, we were not able to fill up our car with gas before making the long climb into the village. As a result we reached the hotel on an Empty tank of gas. Without showing an ounce of resentment, Carlo phoned to find out if they had any gas in the village and offered the solution of driving to get it himself had they not. All during a busy weekend for a small staff. Thankfully they had some on hand and we were all spared the stress of such an errand, especially him.

En route to the restaurant (ignore the tepid reviews, it's great) we had a walk through the village that was a silencing and beautiful experience all its own. For those looking to have a different, peaceful and unhampered type of relaxation, this is your place. Our lone regret was only staying a single night.