Old Town New Hotel

To no surprise, considering its glorious past, L’Aquila has become home to one to densest population of luxury boutique hotels in Italy. Initially constructed according to the designs of Emperor Federico II of Svevia, the finishing touches to the ancient town of L’Aquila were made by Corrado IV in 1253. The most significant period in the rich history of Aquila was undoubtedly that passed under the reign of the Kingdom of Naples when, after having valiantly opposed the Aragon forces and earning the favor of Queen Giovanna II, it became the second most important city of the realm.

One particular stand out is Sextantio Albergo Diffuso: the result of a project focusing on the restoration, conservation, and re-destination of ancient burghs in Abruzzo, and other regions of Italy. The idea was to create hotels distributed in a number of significant buildings located within each village, so as to revitalize the identity of the burgh, whilst offering the highest standards of hospitality to visitors. Guests staying in Sextantio Albergo Diffuso find themselves immersed in a historical reality, which perfectly expresses the essence of these places. Sextantio Albergo Diffuso in Santo Stefano di Sessanio, in the heart of the Apennine mountains and the Gran Sasso & Monti della Laga National Park, offers visitors the opportunity to play an active role in maintaining the historical, architectural, and environmental integrity of an Italian heritage site of great importance.

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