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Rough luxe beauty

After we have finished our stay in Le Grotte della Civita we can wind our way up the Italian roads to Abruzzo, to the hill top village of Santo Stephano di Sessanio. To another albergo diffuso, another Sextantio property. Scattered around the village are rooms in sympathetically renovated buildings, their spartan beauty saved from a modern desecration, just enhanced by simplicity and touches of hedonist luxury. Fine sheets, fine bathing, fine food and, of course, fine wine. You'll find me soaking in the tub by the fire.

Reader Comments (10)

Wow this is amazing, oozes atmosphere & comfort !! Love it:)

11 Apr 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarmel

Wow wow wow sooo cozy!! Have a great day!!

These cave pictures are so utterly ROMANTIC! I don't know, what is it about caves that brings out the romantic side in people?

11 Apr 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrooth

Ugh, heartbreak! We were planning our wedding here this year and had to change to a state-side venue for family. I am in LOVE with this place. They also couldn't be nice when you contact them.

11 Apr 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlli

I love this. I will walk away from all my messing accumulated belongings and just take this in exchange please and thank you. These photos make me think... I would be a better person if I lived there.

11 Apr 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBibi Broderick

These are beautiful but Iam a little claustrophobic so cave houses, not so much.

11 Apr 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChrista

This place is fucking awesome. Don't you think it's begging for some Richard Lindner paintings?

11 Apr 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkevin

OMG… I'm speechless. This is absolutely stunning...wow!!!!!!!!

it's also better than you see... and the food is quite marvellous! I know what I mean, I have a little house in a village not far from Santo Stefano...

12 Apr 2012 | Unregistered Commenterominodipolvere

Cinematic, is what it is. I love sparce. Every object shows its' soul, including the walls and steps.

Apropos of not much, except the above brought it to mind -- another, lesser site just the other day posted several cr@ptastic photo essays in which every single inch of space was crammed with active, virulent consumerism. A elderly American woman left her solitary home feet-first, and in four floors full of massive, excessive possessions she must have had 50 chairs and sofas, amongst all the rest. A young man had just half his collected mid-century furniture and deco stuffed into a small NY apartment, not an ounce of taste in sight, and looked forward to continuing to amass possessions.

There is nothing wrong with appreciating and gathering in the best of your particular bent. But for what has been done to America, the generations-wide consume-at-all-cost lust that has been perpetrated, I sincerely hope someone pays.

Meanwhile, this soothes my soul. :-)

13 Apr 2012 | Unregistered Commenteroregonbird

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