Santo Stefano di Sessanio (AQ)
Santo Stefano di Sessanio is a beautiful medieval village in Abruzzo, ranked among the most beautiful in Italy, located in the National Park of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga.
The village is entirely built of limestone, now colored by centuries, and offers visitors amazing views thanks to its enchanting alleys and paved streets that wind between the houses flowing in tiny, charming squares, where it is easy to imagine graceful maidens facing balconies sighed the medieval lords who stroll through the narrow streets.
The territory of the municipality of Santo Stefano is one of the gates to the national park, and the country: there are numerous hiking trails; one of these extremely impressive, performs a ring in about 4 hours that will lead up to Rocca Calascio and back again to St. Stephen.
The excursion is simple and makes use of well-marked trails, but presents in its first part a very challenging climb, that without training can be particularly tiring, but overcome this hurdle early the rest of the walk is substantially easier, and allows you to enjoy 360 degrees of breathtaking views of the mountains and surrounding valleys.
After visiting the fortress, the plan to return along a dirt road, which is also very scenic, in the direction of Santo Stefano di Sessanio, leading to a paved road. If you have approached the bike trail, you may decide to take the path uphill to overcome hills to the plain of Campo Imperatore, or go back to the starting point of the ring.
This small town, not particularly Sponsored than other Italian towns, is a great idea to travel for anyone looking for a place of mountains, uncrowded, with several routes to be taken and with great food.
Of note in August (usually the last weekend of the month), in the nearby town Barisciano, the potato festival, now in its 34th edition, which attracts large numbers of people from all the neighboring countries, but do not be frightened: is perfectly organized, so that every single dish is prepared proposal in a “kitchen” different and distributed by different branches, where do the orders through a computerized system.