Santo Stefano di Sessanio is a fortified medieval village which has been beautifully restored. It is located in the mountains of Abruzzo at 1250 meters above sea level, inside the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga national park. The village is a classic example of an Italian medieval hill town, with perimeter walls encircling houses and squares.
The interior is inspired by pictures that Paul Scheuermeier, Swiss linguist, took in Abruzzo in the 20s of twentieth century. To preserve the unity of the interior aesthetic and avoid the over-use of contemporary elements, the hotel's designer has used native objects, often stored in museums, and ancient and traditional local materials.