Santo Stefano di Sessanio
Santo Stefano di Sessanio
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paula c
Atlanta, GA862 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This property had mixed reviews. I thought it was excellent - an immersion experience, and my husband was not up for the adventure. The property tries really hard to make it a great experience - and an immersive experience. What really caught us off guard was how noisy it was - our particular room. It was right next to the "Town square" and had poor insulation. Also, it was easy to hear the entire conversation of the room next to ours. However, in spite of this, I would recommend the place for the immersive experience. What I would suggest is that you pay more attention to requesting a room that is quite if this is important to you.
Written 26 May 2023
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Claudia D
Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina1,248 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
This place is for me the nicest in Abruzzo. Considered on the list of the Borghi Più beli d’Italia.
You will find that they are still fixing some buildings after the earthquake of 2009 and all the area aswell.
But after the years has the same personality I felt thirty years ago when I went there for the first time.
Nowadays with a lot of good options for dinner a couple of bars.
Located up in the mountains with and fantastic tower that you can visit inside.
Silent, profound, embrassing, leaving you the sensation the the time doesn’t pass, that everything stays stand still…
A sensation that is not easy to feel when you travel.
This medioevo places around Abruzzo-Aquila area are incredible! Unforgettable.
Written 22 July 2023
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cdshore
Newmarket, UK43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
Santo Stefano Di Sessanio is a Medieval clifftop village dating back to the time of the Romans. It has cobbled, quirky streets, arches, tiny passages and adorable shops (people’s front rooms really). It is a world apart from any city or town in the modern world and it whisks you away to a time before TV, the internet and fast food.

Don’t bother coming if you want it all and you want it now. Come if you want to escape the rat race. You won’t regret it. Heels are not of any use to you here. Flat, strong walking shoes or boots required.

Written 10 December 2018
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wigwag
Sussex22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
Okay. Admittedly, I’m partly writing this so that the last idiotic review doesn’t turn up first in the search. This village is so lovely that we came back after our visit last year and decided to buy a house!
Everyone has mentioned the earthquake damage already. But the village has survived, and is beginning to thrive. There are great restaurants, a fab bar, Il Cantinone, run by Sextantio, and three lovely town dogs... who are, by the way, looking for permanent homes.
Everyone is so friendly, and helpful. There are tons of great places to visit, like Rocca Calascio and the Campo Imperatore, but you can also just dream the day away by staying put. The architecture, the views, the cobblestoned lanes... the total absence of cars... paradiso. At least for us.
Written 26 June 2018
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linglese
Fermo, Italy328 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
This is well known and off the beaten track. The backdrop for several films and probably almost inaccessible in winter. But in May it was wonderful. Very few people, but they were welcoming. You could see the earthquake damage from 2009 is a long way from being repaired. Lots of buildings have steel corsets. The idea of its being an Albergo Diffuso (a hotel with rooms in different houses in the village) is very interesting. The best photos of the town are from the eastern side.
Written 2 June 2017
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ColleenCo
Pescara, Italy1,162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
Surely the best medieval village to visit in Abruzzo.
Unlike other villages, Santo Stefano di Sessanio has been restored without using cement leaving just bare stones on the outside and really preserving history with modern technology. Walking up and down steps (the village is perched on a mountain ) may be a little tedious for some people with moving disabilities and it would be really hard even to get to the main square since the place is not open to traffic - you need to park your car at the foot of the village and explore on foot. You can walk around it for hours and discover interesting and curious things, sometimes openings between buildings are just about 40 cms so you squeeze through a wall to get past and find yourself in a court, surrounded by houses with other staircases leading who knows where. Exploring is complemented by a few shops selling local products as well as food. It is a very authentic village well worth a visit. However, I do not recommend it if you have problems with stairs as there are far too many

Written 19 June 2018
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PDG865
Sant'Ilario d'Enza, Italy34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Friends
This town was affected by the earthquake of 2011 and it has been carefully restored keeping the hotel infrastructure as "extended" through all old nice little historical apartments. The attention to details is amazing.
Written 23 August 2016
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Silk Adventures'n Food
Pescara, Italy684 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Friends
If u are looking for something very special that's the place for you! It's a small town 40 minute from l'aquila and 1.20h from Pescara, unfortunately the earthquake in 2009 dameged this town and the tower built by the Medici family from Florence, but they are working hard to fix the place and they did good work! I really raccomand you this place, here you will feel like you are back to the past! Nice streets,yards,alleys, very tipical restaurant,bautifull hotels and B&B, shops with local product and amazing view! And you should not miss to go to Rocca Calascio one of the top 10 Castle IN THE WORLD! Its just 10 minutes from Santo Stefano. Enjoy Abruzzo ;) cheers
Written 4 November 2015
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jmarie1155
Crown Point, IN38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Family
What can I say, I love Santo Stefano di Sessanio. This is where my father was born. It is a quaint, small, quiet village in the Gran Sasso. It has the feel of home. It is the essence of Italy. It is breathtaking.
Written 4 August 2015
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722pauline
Lytham St Anne's, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Family
A picturesque hamlet of original and restored medieval buildings set in the National park. The locals who run the bar, little shops and restaurants are welcoming and sell locally sourced products. We stayed in the converted buildings restored to there original beauty at Sextantio but there are other places to stay equally charming. If you are visiting the weekends are the busiest but during the week you can have it to yourself with the pretty little cats and very friendly town dogs (who will greet you with a wagging tail). You cannot take a bad photo here.
Written 17 June 2013
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