Sextantio Albergo Diffuso

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The Original Daniele Kihlgren

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Lelio Oriano Di Zio
The Original Daniele Kihlgren



When philanthropist and pioneering hotelier Daniele Kihlgren first set eyes on the then-abandoned medieval village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio in the Southern Italian region of Abruzzo, he described the experience as one that changed his life. "It seemed as though everything had frozen in time. Neither the medieval hamlet nor the rural scenery surrounding it revealed any evidence of the 20th century’s passing," described Kihlgren. From this relic, Sextantio Albergo Diffuso, an astounding hotel, was born. Kihlgren worked with local architects and archaeologists to ensure that every step of the development remained true to the original. Any added contemporary amenities have been hidden or elegantly integrated. The heating system, for instance, has been installed under the floors by removing and later replacing each stone in its initial location. Regional furnishing has been replicated, while the guestrooms are spread along the narrow, cobblestone streets of the village.



Under picturesque archways and behind handsomely carved stone doorways, guests will enter incredible but simple quarters. The baths are contemporary and curvilinear: freestanding, vase-like basins are neighbored by stacks of candles along rich, wooden furnishing. Light seeps in through small protrusions in the stone walls and wooden ceilings, while working wood fireplaces provide extra heat in the winter.

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