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      Sextantio Albergo Diffuso

      Via Principe Umberto, Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Italy

      Member since 01/2010   Rooms 27   Architecture Lelio Oriano Di Zio   Interior Design
      The Original Daniele Kihlgren

      With fastidiously-restored hotel rooms dispersed throughout a stunning hilltop village, this elegant hotel is a touchstone to Italy’s storied past.

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      April 23, 2014 – April 25, 2014

      About Your Stay

      Northeast of Rome, Santo Stefano di Sessanio nestles in the middle of Abruzzo and is one of the region's most striking hilltop towns. There one finds the 27-room Sextantio Albergo Diffuso. Named after some of the area's first settlers, Sextantio's gorgeous series of buildings spreads throughout the handsome village, which was purchased and then meticulously revived by Swedish-Italian entrepreneur, philanthropist, and hotelier Daniele Kihlgren. Kihlgren committed himself entirely to the restoration, using strictly local materials—primarily terracotta tiles, wood, and limestone—and striving for historical accuracy. Sextantio is not part of the hip Italian hotel route of idealized glamour and luxury. It attracts people with a strong sense of adventure, a passion for history and authenticity, and a thirst for new experiences. But Sextantio equally draws those who value a beautiful local meal and cozy, elegant accommodation. While not a traditional hotel, tradition is deeply ingrained in Sextantio's foundations.

      Reconstructing the Past

      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.

      Interior Design
      Simple & Sublime

      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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      Daniele Kihlgren

      Daniele Kihlgren breathes life into Italy's past. His Sextantio villa is comprised of six medieval structures in the village Santo Stefano di Sessanio, which he restored with local architects and archeologists. His second project, Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita, opened in 2009. Kihlgren is a conservationist and philosopher at heart, striving to preserve his nation’s natural beauty and local heritage.

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