Amazing hotel in Abruzzo!! This hotel is unique and we cannot rave enough about it. You will see nothing like it in Italy and perhaps the world. All I can say is go and stay here and experience this before word gets out!!
This is an incredible restoration project of a whole abandoned village restored with fine attention to the beautiful old buildings. It is a combination of the old with new techology subtle lighting and heating under the floor boards…. where you will be extremely comfortable in addition to fabulous food and wine cooked straight from the gardens of Abruzzo and traditional recipes used.
It is like stepping back in time but with the added extras of twentieth century living. The management have worked hard to keep the old ways intact.
You can see the bedspreads of the hotel being woven with old looms with the wool spun in the old tradional way with natural dyes. Beautiful quality linen sheets that Grandma used to have and bread freshly baked straight out of the fire.
Slow down to breathe and go for a trek in the fresh country air blowing down from Italy’s third highest mountain Gran Sasso.
One of Italy” s most innovative and sophisticated residential retreats is located in a mediaeval village of Santo Stefano in the beautiful Gran Sasso Natural Park of the Abruzzo region. Created as a result of the proprietor’s great interest in art and the culture of this mountainous area the hotel complex represents Abruzzo” s first attempt at completely restoring one of the ancient villages for residential purposes.
This project the restoration of this medieval village and the conservation of local craftwork traditions aims at preserving the precious cultural heritage of Abruzzo and due to various related commercial activities supports sustainable economic growth throughout the entire territory.
The hotel a fusion of mediaeval architecture and modern technology contains in total 42 luxury bedrooms spread out over different buildings and apartments. All of the rooms differ considerably in terms of internal antique dAcor and the restoration techniques used.
The understated luxury of the accommodation at is generated by the great care that was taken over every fine detail and by the choice of original and simple locally produced fittings high quality hand made fabrics and an almost imperceptible use of advanced technology.
The underlying “~philosophy” of the project is also demonstrated by the cuisine and products offered at the restaurant and wine bar breakfasts served with homemade country jams and cakes fresh bread baked over the open fires and in the lunch and dinners prepared with the locally grown products and recipes of the surrounding mountainous areas.
The building has been preserved beautifully both inside and out due to the high standards and principles of the owners towards antique architectural restoration and a committment towards maintaining the local heritage.
With historical features and original antique furnishings the large rooms contain open fireplaces and heating under the floors. As with all the best hotels,design has been oriented towards maximum comfort and well being for our valued clients.
For social gatherings meetings and functions there are two large rooms. Both have fireplaces and one features a kitchenette for catering.
Guests can self regulate any of the Hotel’s numerous technological features should the need arise via remote control: lights intranet internet.
The interiors are furnished in the Arte Povera tradition the folk arts and craft of the Abruzzo mountains. Unlike other renovations of old buildings it is important to Albergo Diffuso to retain the signs of village life “” traces left in the bricks and mortar which tell the story of the people.
The stunning restaurant with ancient stone floors features traditional Abruzzese cuisine with fresh locally grown produce.
Magnificent breakfast with homemade jams and breads.
Low: March to November
Med: October to December
High: April to September
Area in Abruzzo
In the ancient historical village of Santo Stefano, Abruzzo, inside the National Park of the Gran Sasso and the Monti della Laga. A few km from L’Aquila and only 1 and a half hrs from Roma.
- Slippers and bathrobe
- Meetings Events and Weddings
- Rooms cleaned & towels change daily
- Bespoke Toiletries
- Panoramic Views
- Buffet breakfast Included
- Laundry service
- Car park
- Central heating
- Local olive oil and wine
- Historical building
Abruzzo is one of Italy’s hidden regions and contains some fascinating hill villages, many of which seem frozen in time, others simply deserted after World War 2 after being devastated by the Nazis. One of these deserted villages Santo Stefano not far from L’Aquila, has been brought back to life in a huge restoration project with the ancient crafts included. One part of the project is this amazing hotel where guests can see and experience the ancient styles of living. The building has been meticulously restored even to the extent of using the ancient tools of the master builders. No modern technology is used. The hand bed quilts use home spun wool on the old looms and weaved in the old Abruzzi tradition.