Trip reference number: 174137
Trip Operator: Wexas Travel
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Located in the fortified medieval village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio in the mountains of Abruzzo at high above sea level, inside the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga national park. 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, was deserted when its impoverished inhabitants left in search of work, the abandonment saved the town from architectural abuse.
The design of rooms is inspired by pictures that Paul Scheuermeier, taken in the 1920s. Rooms are furnished with used native objects, often stored in museums, and ancient and traditional local materials. Small windows offer dim light, the uneven floors and the choice of single details, such as handmade soaps, made from olive oil and products strictly according to traditional methods.
Locanda sotto gli Archi
The wide sandy beach opposite is a big draw all year, while facilities here and at the pool are available summer only. Inside there's a fitness corner (free) and paid spa with small indoor pool, sauna and steam room; face and body treatments are available also for children. Shared areas include the ground-floor lounge and bar while the open-air terrace and garden are particularly appealing spots to relax.
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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