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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 823 Reviews
What a fantastic hotel
Reviewed 1 month ago

As we said when we checked out, we had done only one mistake, we had booked only one night!
This hotel is an experience and we are happy to have had the opportunity to learn about your fantastic job to build up this project.
All the staff must have been picked from the upper shelf, as they all showed us the upper class of hospitality.
We had a nice trekking tour to the Rocca Calascio, proposed by the staff, before we left.
Thanks to everyone at the Sexantio Albergo Diffuso

Reviewed 2 months ago

We loved the whole experience. The village is beautiful and very peaceful; it's like stepping back in time, except everything is also incredibly comfortable. The rooms at first appear basic (but we thought that was part of the charm!), but in reality they're incredibly well heated with comfortable beds and everything you could need including roaring fires!

The local bars have delicious local food and wine (all well priced). We stayed two nights and had dinner in the restaurant both times - it was delicious and, again, not too expensive. The staff are very friendly and knowledgable about the area and helped us arrange a horse riding trip. We would definitely come back!

Average to poor
Reviewed 5 months ago

We discovered Sextantio at Matera, and loved it. We wanted to experience the Abruzzi Hotel and unfortunately were a bit disappointed with the layout of the Hotel, the poor quality of the rooms, lack of amenities, and fairly poor service. We do appreciate authenticity and rustic atmospheres but the Sextantio offered nothing more than an average B&B. We do highly recommend the Matera Sextantio though, a real special place which this one was not.

Like staying in a Museum Exhibit
Reviewed 6 months ago

The hotel concept is to give the traveler a feel for life a hundred years ago. Although I respect and greatly considered the restoration of a Medieval castle village in the area of earthquakes some 9 years ago a grand and worthy project, and staying there as a role we could play to help the area, I would never go back again, sadly. Yet, there is good possibility for the hotel to improve the guest experience. I sincerely felt the owners were convinced they were doing everything right. However, at this point, the greatest lack is the comfort of the guests.
Arriving at the small village of Sessanio is spectacular, a high mountain village forgotten in time. This is the best part of the "special experience."
The hotel does not lack concept or idea, it lacks modern comfort.
Although many aspects of technology existed there, like under floor heating, internet, etc. they choose to leave out what I feel makes one want to come back, a little bit of pleasure.
Beds: great, they wanted to show how people created mattresses from wool in the old traditional way, but they are so uncomfortable I slept zero hours. They are placed on a hard piece of wood, and are about 5 inches thick, as hard and authentic an experience one can get, but, in that case I should have slept no the floor. The linens were very nice, but did not make up for the mattress. These defiantly belong in a museum.
Lighting: vertically non- existent. I could not read a book. Sure, people used candles back in the day, but they didn't have contact lenses. Modern people need lights and good mirrors, and this hotel offered none of that, at least in our room.
When I could not read my book in my room, I decided to go to the tea room, it was closed around 5-6 pm.
Bathroom: not exactly back in the day, very modern but poorly designed. No doors, very little privacy, shower and toilet crammed into a 2.5 ft. space behind the bed, the wonderful bed I will never forget.
Dinner: we booked dinner at the hotel after a long drive, and again, although the owners tried to make it look and feel like a hundred years ago, it still felt a little Disney World. Wall effects, we were said to be original, they were not. Floors, not original, in fact, when the buildings were built it is doubtful they had floors, and if so, would have been stone, and they would not have had heating underneath.I have restored a 1000 year old home and know all the tricks, so yes, the building of course is Medieval, but the interior wall finishes and ceilings are new, made to look old. So, I would have appreciated them being more truthful about the restoration, although, again, I do think they are convinced it is perfect.
Chairs at the dinner table, again, they totally abondoned hospitality rules of the comfort of the guests. Not for everyone, for sure.

Incredible experience, incredible comfort!
Reviewed 7 months ago

We spent two nights at this magical place. Sextantio is an amazing project - an abandoned town in the mountains of Abruzzo that is being exquisitely restored with sensitivity to the past and inclusion of the comforts of today. "Diffuso" means that the rooms are in various restored houses throughout the small town. The appearance is incredible - walk into your room and you are surrounded by original stone walls, fireplaces that bear the signs of use throughout the centuries, coffered wooden ceilings and hand woven bed coverings. Modern comfort has not been forgotten - the bathrooms, while still having their original walls and floors, have all the modern conveniences (including incredible water pressure!) The staff is top notch - from the moment we made our reservation, we received offers of assistance in planning our trip. Once we arrived at Sextantio, the lovely women at the desk (Flavia and Denise) answered our every question and were available throughout our stay for assistance. The stay here was truly magical.

I do have to comment on some of the negative reviews here. For those who say the mattresses are uncomfortable, it is clear in the hotel information and on the website that they are wool mattresses, made as they would have been centuries ago. That said, they are very comfortable. I like a very firm bed, so I was in heaven. My husband prefers a softer mattress, but he slept like a baby at Sextantio. Also, there are comments regarding the ongoing construction. Well, yes, the project is ongoing - can you imagine how long it takes to restore even one ancient home with modern comforts such as electricity, plumbing, local codes, etc.? I forgot to mention, the aforesaid renovation provides the rooms with fantastic underfloor heating that is warm and comfy on the toes.

In sum, this is not a theme park nor is it a Marriott. It's a genius project by a group of Italians who are striving to reclaim the past in a small, gorgeous village in Italy that had been abandoned for centuries. The goal is to highlight the past in some of the places in Italy that are not on the usual touristic path. They've done a fabulous job, and I can't imagine not appreciating that and loving the experience.