Santo Stefano di Sessanio is a “albergo diffuso" among the mountains in Abruzzo, literally " a spread out hotel”, an italian concept to bring back to life small abandoned villages and turned them into hotels. It is the result of a cultural heritage project aimed to preserve the integrity of the historic village and the surrounding landscape, through specific agreements with local authorities and an ethnographic research created in collaboration with the Museum of the People of Abruzzo. The final objective is the preservation of the original aesthetic appearance, which has led to the use of recycled architectural materials and poor furnishings with indigenous objects, typical of the Abruzzo mountains. The “albergo diffuse” consists of 30 accommodations of 4 different types between rooms and suites, distributed in several houses in the village. Completely renovated, they maintain the rustic style and are elegantly furnished with antique furniture of poor art. They are decorated with handicraft products made according to the local ancient traditions, such as the famous woollen blankets, wrought iron objects and even candles. The culinary experience is also based on the gastronomic tradition of Abruzzo. Meals, based on fresh and genuine products, can be eaten at the two restaurants of Santo Stefano: “Il Cantinone” and “La Locanda sotto gli Archi”. Both have furnishings and tableware that evoke times gone by. The stay includes Abruzzo’s cooking lessons to learn the art of bread, homemade cakes and fresh pasta. All courses at Santo Stefano tell the secret techniques handed down from mother to daughter, to make the typical woollen blankets and fragrant natural soaps. Trekking, horseback riding, picnics and gastronomic itineraries, with meals in starred restaurants in the surrounding area, complete the offer of Santo Stefano for an authentic and different vacation.
The Restaurant has undergone restoration work from a strictly conservative perspective. The interior space is characterized by two large stone arches resting on supporting columns. The Abruzzo gastronomic tradition in the food project, starts from the exclusive use of native crops to the domestic presentation of the dishes on the plate. The tables and chairs predate the 20th century; the plates and ceramic tableware are handmade and inspired by research on ceramic use commissioned from the Museo delle Genti d'Abruzzo.
Ideal location to enjoy a relaxing massage treatment with background music new age, fragrant oils, herbal teas and many candles. The hotel also organizes meditation, yoga and pilates courses, indoor or outdoor.
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Sextantio offers you the chance to try your hand at flour, eggs and rolling pin. It offers you a two-hour class to learn about Abruzzo's gastronomic tradition with the final moment of tasting. With Locanda sotto gli Archi's experienced chef, you can prepare pasta "alla chitarra" and ricotta ravioli, bread and cheese pallotte. To end on a high note, even the typical "Ferratelle".
Sextantio provides you with an expert guide from our area who will teach you how to make pizza dough and bread and then bake them in a 16th-century wood-fired oven.
Get ready to cement yourself for a couple of hours in the making of textiles with the ancient techniques and original tools. After a brief introduction to the art of weaving, together with a local housewife you will finally be able to concretize what has been passed down orally so far by our grandmothers. Sextantio also puts at your disposal, courses in raw wool dyeing.
The 'secret' recipe was entrusted to the memory of women and passed down from one generation to the next within the same household. During the course, the soap recipe will be revealed to you by our trusted artisan perfumer. The course will include 2 hours of workshop with the presentation of ingredients and the preparation of mixtures for soap making. After drying, the soap will be divided into bricks to take home for curing.