Italian eco-hotel Sextantio Albergo Diffuso

Italian eco-hotel Sextantio Albergo Diffuso

Italian eco-hotel Albergo Diffuso Santo Stefano di Sessanio is a wonderful example of how to revive abandoned villages. This scenic area was founded in the 11th century and until 1569 it belonged to the Baron Piccolomini of Siena. After the whole area was bought by Francesco de Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, who developed a sheep here and established a trade in wool from Florence. At the end of the 18th century Santo Stefano became the property of the king of Naples.

Italian eco-hotel Sextantio Albergo Diffuso

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In the early 20th century the village had about 1,500 inhabitants, after world war II, -900, and today only about 200 people. This is due to the fact that most of the residents moved to the city not wanting to continue the tradition of sheep breeding, which was done by their ancestors.

In order to preserve the historical monument of the Renaissance, which is the village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio, the Italian government decided to make it a center of tourism and to attract investors ‘ funds. In 2004, a small part of the village bought by a young Swedish entrepreneur Daniele Kihlgren Below. He reconstructed and arranged most of the buildings here and made eco-friendly. Location on the way from Rome to Florence makes it an attractive place for tourists. Many are attracted to the fact that everything here remained the same as in the 16th century: interiors, furnishings, handicraft shops and local residents. This eco-friendly property has electricity, water and wireless Internet access for greater convenience. The rooms are equipped with comfortable modern furniture that blends in with the historic attributes and features. For example, in some suites, eco-friendly bath by designer Philip stark.

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Local restaurants serve mainly traditional, local dishes: home-made cakes, pies, breads, cheeses, and cured meats. In addition, you can order your favorite food. If you decide to explore the area, you’ll need a cooler bag that can be folded up groceries and have a picnic in the picturesque mountain pastures, wide plains of Apulia. Also in town you can visit several historical monuments the most valuable of which is a symbol of Santo Stefano Medici Tower (XIV – XV century), located in the center of town. It is also recommended to visit the parish Church with a terracotta statue of the virgin Mary under the title «Casa del Cavalieri» and the Church is a 17th century Madonna delle Grazie.

Almost all tourists visited the eco-Albergo Diffuso Santo Stefano di Sessanio, described him as a fantastic place where the history was frozen. Most of the town of Santo Stefano visit in the first weekend of September, when a festival called «Sagra delle Lenticchie».

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If you want to visit an eco-hotel Sextantio Albergo Diffuso, book a room on their official page sextantio.it

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