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| Historical centre, 67020 Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Italy
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Reviewed December 10, 2018 via mobile

Santo Stefano Di Sessanio is a Medieval clifftop village dating back to the time of the Romans. It has cobbled, quirky streets, arches, tiny passages and adorable shops (people’s front rooms really). It is a world apart from any city or town in the modern...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

Stopped as we drove through Grand Sasso. Very nice small town with really cool shops, bed and breakfast. Damaged by an earthquake and being repaired. Wonderful feel. Middle of no where and beautiful views. Friendly shop owners. Worth a visit. The streets or lanes are...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 12, 2018

Lovely views, picturesque streets and carefully restored. A hidden gem. This must be the most beautiful town in Italy.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

Santo Stefano di Sessanio is a beautiful place between the mountains. Narrow lanes and amazing landscape make this place unique and a top destination to visit

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 16, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful small village from 1200s. Very well kept with great hotels and restaurants. We did some hiking and visited other small villages in Abruzzo.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank AnnaEMDG
Reviewed July 2, 2018

We booked a stay here through a voucher deal and didn't do any research before we left. However, we were stunned by the place. You can spend hours walking round the beautiful town, which is slowly being restored after the 2009 earthquake. There are lots...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 26, 2018 via mobile

Okay. Admittedly, I’m partly writing this so that the last idiotic review doesn’t turn up first in the search. This village is so lovely that we came back after our visit last year and decided to buy a house! Everyone has mentioned the earthquake damage...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 19, 2018

Small, old, boring, very empty city in the mountains. You can find old stone buildings and narrow streets in many other better cities in Abruzzo (e.g. old part of Popoli). Especially disappointing after visiting Rocca Calascio. Moreover it is overhelmed by renowating/construction machines.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

Surely the best medieval village to visit in Abruzzo. Unlike other villages, Santo Stefano di Sessanio has been restored without using cement leaving just bare stones on the outside and really preserving history with modern technology. Walking up and down steps (the village is perched...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank ColleenCo
Reviewed June 7, 2018

Santo Stefano di Sessanio defies description. It is like being transported to a time you can only read about. The architecture, ambiance and people are incredible. A perfect place to decompress from the stresses of our hectic lives.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Abby L
October 27, 2018|
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Response from arc227 | Reviewed this property |
We were there in May and there were no guides that I knew of. The village is very small, but absolutely charming. There is a church in the village, however I don't believe they have services. It was closed the days we... More
Abby L
October 26, 2018|
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Response from robync475 | Reviewed this property |
Three days is over kill without hiking. One day would Do it.
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Need a helping hand in planning my Sept. 2016 trip, PLEASE! (9 Replies)
I am planning for a trip to the Adriatic Coast and southern part of Italy. There do not seem to have a lot of resources on that area. I really need a helping hand to see whether what I have planned make sense. I will be arriving in Venice early in the morning from a cruise. Here is what I have tentatively planned: Day 1 Venice to Padua. Day 2 & 3 Ravenna Day 4 & 5 Santo Stefano di Sessanio Day 6 & 7 Viesta Day 8 , 9 & 10 Martina Franco Day 11 & 12 Otranto Day 13 & 14 Matera Day 15...More
November 11, 2015|
Response fromXaghraDream|
A lot of travelling but looks well planned to me; I'm more of a Peschici fan and would stay here over Vieste. It's quite a drive into Gargano for quite a short stay - have you thought about missing this section and perhaps staying further down the coast in Trani?
Melbourne, Australia
Help with car hire to drive to Santo Stefano di Sessanio (1 Reply)
We are wanting to spend a night at Santo Stefano di Sessanio. We prefer to drive however we are very nervous about driving in Italy so I would like to make this as straightforward as possible. I have enquired where we are staying regarding driving directions. We need to take the Rome motorway A24 to L'Aquila. Ideally we would like to take a train out of Rome and hire a car at a railway station where we can then easily get on to the motorway. Could someone please advise the best station for...More
June 29, 2014|
Response fromTriecia|
Also I should add that we will be staying in Rome when we take this trip, so not leaving from the airport
Wellington, New Zealand
Rome to Santo Stefano di Sessanio via public transport? (1 Reply)
Hello, I hope to travel from Rome to Santo Stefano di Sessanio at the end of October 2018. I know that a bus is available from Rome to L'Aquila, but I'm unsure whether a further bus is available from L'Aquila to Santo Stefano di Sessanio, or whether I will need to arrange a private transfer via my hotel. I spotted a previous Trip Advisor question on the same topic, but couldn't see the response. Google suggests nothing is available, but I have my fingers crossed! Many thanks in...More
August 20, 2018|