Santo Stefano di Sessanio is a fortified medieval village. It is located in the mountains of Abruzzo at 1250 meters above sea level, inside the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga national park. The village is a classic example of an Italian medieval hill town, with perimeter walls encircling houses and squares. During the last century the “modernisation” of rural Italy compromised the architectural heritage of many of its countryside villages and towns.
But Santo Stefano, like many more remote Mediterranean mountain villages, was deserted when its impoverished inhabitants left in search of work. Paradoxically, the abandonment saved the town from architectural abuse.
is a culturally historical project which breathes life into the forgotten places and people of Abruzzo.
Using the original identity stamp which runs through every aspect of the project it stays respectfully true to the culture and customs of its ancestors.
The Retreat recreates the traditions of a medieval village from how the villagers lived their lives to the food they ate and the crafts they practiced along with the skills they possessed.
Surely a unique experience to live Italy and its culture
Here you can do local wine tasting • bread making • weaving course • soap making classes •
picnic • pastry making • walking • hiking • trekking • horse riding •
Skiing destination • Truffle hunting • Cooking classes
Come find your Nest in Abruzzo.
Suites options starting from 264 € per night (subject to seasonality)
Exclusivity starting from 4500 € per day (January to March and November to December)
5000 € per day ( from April to October)
7000 € per day in August ( min 2 nights)
We offer Suite Options or Exclusive Property Rental