Sextantio Albergo Diffuso : a fabulous escape in the Italian Apennines

Named after some of the area’s first settlers, Sextantio is a gorgeous series of buildings spread around the beautiful Italian village Santo Stefano di Sessanio. It was bought and restored by the Swedish-Italian entrepeneur and hotelier Daniele Kihlgren (article about Mr Kihlgren published in ‘The Independant’ here). He had the fabulous idea to transform the empty dwellings into about 30 grotto styled hotel rooms. A very interesting hotel concept!

The hotel is located in Central Italy in the Abruzzo region (about 150 km from Rome Fiumicino Airport).

Sextantio is not a hip and glamorous Italian hotel with luxury accomodation! It is a place for people with a strong sense of adventure, a passion for history and authenticity.

Sextantio is not a traditional hotel, but tradition is deeply ingrained in its foundations.

territorio-03 The village Santo Stefano di Sessanio.


esterni-01Entrance of the hotel Sextantio.

esterni-04 esterni-06

esterni-08 What a gorgeous view!



reception The reception of the hotel.


ristorante1 The restaurant of the hotel. For those who value a beautiful local meal.

Notice the flickering candles on the tables. Romantic!




The hotel is a throw-back to the Middle Ages, with craftwork made by villagers,maintaining traditions and simplicity but with modern comfort integrated.


Let’s discover the rooms!

You will find beautiful localy woven bed linens, 17th century wooden ceilings and ancient fire places, combined with modern technology.



Every piece of furniture is either an antique find or made by hand using traditonal methods and techniques.


Every room has its fire place.



  Mix of a design bath tube and antique furniture, remaining simplicity!

14-le_travi  19-la_stalla     camere-06  Having breakfast in one of the rooms!


05-loggette Eye for detail.





The traditions and ancient crafts are reinstated in the village, such as handicrafts and weaving of wool by the villagers.


bottega-05  Locals at work.


territorio-06 The village Santo Stefano di Sessanio by night.



Via Principe Umberto
67020 Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Italy
Telefono +39 0862 899112


Now that summer holidays are approaching, I thought it was a good idea to introduce you to the hotel SEXTANTIO.

And wouldn’t it be a wonderful place for a blogger meeting??!!

What are your thoughts about this hotel?




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