Hi everyone, welcome back on Travel The World With Us, today we’ll take you around one of the most amazing location of Italy, Santo Stefano di Sessanio in Abruzzo, near L’Aquila (where we live). The town was dates back to the 11th century and is situated on the top of a hill overlooking a valley famous for its lentil cultivations.
Santo Stefano is a very popular destination particularly for tourists from Holland Belgium and Germany, it’s definitely not a mass tourism location and more of an exclusive tourism location, where to enjoy real relaxation. The village isn’t far from Campo Imperatore (which we will show you in our next episodes), and is about 25 minutes drive from L’Aquila.
There a few agriturismo (an Italian version of a country hotel) and a hotel which features rooms across the village in various buildings, it might not be a really vast selections but if you intend to visit you have options. My advice is, if you plan to visit in August it’s best to book well in advance.
Going back to our visit, we parked just outside the “town center” and made our way down to the piazza, where there are the only two bars of Santo Stefano where you can stop and enjoy a cup of coffee with some live music in the background (if you pop in on a Sunday).
As you can see in the video the main tower of the village is replaced temporarily by a metal structure, it unfortunately collapsed as a consequence of the earthquake of 2009 that struck L’Aquila and its surroundings. The reconstruction of the iconic Santo Stefano’s tower has just started this year.
We ended our walk in an another signature location of this stunning town, a tight passage way where all tourist pass and take photos, which leads back to the main car park.
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