Abruzzo Holiday Apartment with View on Medici Santo Stefano

Residence Villa ValsiBeautiful self-catering holiday apartments set in a converted L’Aquila villa on the road that winds around the medieval hilltop town of Santo Stefano di Sessanio in L’Aquila province on the way to Rocca Calascio & Castel del Monte. Villa Valsi comprises five apartments, perfect for an Abruzzo walking holiday with an extra bonus of the provision of breakfast.

Furnished & decorated with an eclectic charm that nods to the history of the house, these five apartments provide the perfect base for exploring the spectacular landscape that surrounds Santo Stefano, including Campo Imperatore, and are ideal for those looking for an affordable holiday apartment in one of Abruzzo’s most famous areas of natural beauty.

The poetically aged hilltop town of Santo Stefano di Sessanio – NY Times

Villa Valsi was built on the cusp of the C20th by the owner’s grandparents, an old Santo Stefano family, when they first got married. Heirlooms, portraits & artwork in these newly restored, light & airy apartments highlight the changes family and surrounding area undertook as the century evolved. Depending on which apartment you stay in, there is an art deco bed, a vintage record player, a cabinet valve radio, a child’s traditional rustic wooden cot and even antique photographs of the local area & family that help you connect with the past, and offer a wonderful insight into living in one of Abruzzo’s most interesting provinces. The front-facing apartments all have small balconies that look out onto Santo Stefano di Sessanio.

One of the apartment bedrooms @ Villa Valsi

Each apartment sleeps from 2-6 people, and can be rented by small groups or independent travellers holidaying in Abruzzo. Each has a modern walk-in power shower, washing & ironing facilities and a fully equipped kitchen where you can cook yummy ingredients from one of Santo Stefano’s excellent food shops specialising in local ingredients, or the nearby supermarket in Barisciano a short drive away. Off-road parking is available.

For those that would like to sample the wines that Abruzzo has to offer, or indeed wines & beers from elsewhere, Santo Stefano di Sessanio has two bars; the town also has three very good restaurants for those who don’t fancy cooking after a long day’s travelling or exploring. George Clooney and the film crew of The American stayed in the town and as the saying goes ‘if it was good enough for them…’ The towns of Castel del Monte & Calascio are also only a short drive away, each with at least one excellent restaurant for sampling the local cuisine of L’Aquila.

Santo Stefano di Sessanio from Campo Imperatore

Located in the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park, Santo Stefano is nestled below Campo Imperatore’s majestic undulations, a walking and hiking paradise for all levels of experience, with stunning Apennine high meadow vistas, plus fauna and flora that will excite all naturalists. Explore one of Italy’s most photographed & filmed forts, Rocca Calascio, the nearby saffron town of Navelli, and one of Abruzzo’s most important art treasures at Bominaco, all within easy reach by car.

If you want to learn how to cook some of the local dishes, a 1-day cooking course can be arranged, as well as a night-outing for those that like to star-gaze via the Campo Imperatore observatory; alternatively you may like to visit some of the local food suppliers and see how pecorino cheese and salami are made. This too can be arranged by your host Rita Visioni, who speaks fluent English (plus her husband is American). If you fancy ski-ing, the nearest ski-resort is Assergi only a 30 minute drive.

The apartments sleep: 2, 4, 6 people. Single travellers’ can hire an apartment with a very small surcharge; available for nightly bookings all year.
Prices are charged per person and include breakfast provisions of home-made cake or cookies, tea, coffee, milk, fruit juice, all sheets and fluffy white towels!
High Season – €37 – New Year’s Eve, Easter, July & August.
Mid Season – €35 – Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar & April (months that require central heating).
Low Season – €30 – May, June, September & October.
Free for children aged 3 years and under, children under 12 receive a 50% discount. There is no minimum-stay period.
Nearest Beach: Under 1hr 30 mins | Nearest Mountains/Park: Under 5 mins | Nearest Ski-Resort: 30 mins | Nearest City: L’Aquila, about 30 mins | Nearest Airports: Pescara International – 1hr 15 mins, Rome Ciampino – 1hr 40mins | Nearest Motorway: A24 – 35 mins
WiFi is available in the restaurants of Santo Stefano di Sessanio

Contact Details

Residence Villa Valsi | Via D’Annunzio, 17 | Santo Stefano di Sessanio | 67020 (AQ)
Telephone: 0862 413011 | Cell. 340 3598380
Email: infovillavalsi@libero.it | Website: http://www.residencevillavalsi.it

Further Reading

Violas vie with the Purple Haze for Vado di Corno’s Crown
Art’s Tower of Strength for Santo Stefano di Sessanio

Sam Dunham
Author: Sam Dunham

Sam is a very lucky midlife 'mamma' to A who is 12 and juggles her work as a self-employed freelance SEO food and travel copywriter and EFL teacher. She is the founder of the Life In Abruzzo Cultural Association, co-founder of Let's Blog Abruzzo. she is the founder of the 'English in the Woods' initiative, teaching English outdoors in a forest style school.

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6 May 2011 16:53

Bel posto !! favoloso !

Jeanne Fastero
Jeanne Fastero
11 June 2011 19:50

My husband and I just returned from Santo Stefano and we stayed at the Valsi Villa. We actually slept in the bed pictured above. It was everything we hoped for and more. It was extremely clean; quiet, huge, and beautiful. We found it so enchanting; it was so hard to say good-bye. If anyone is looking for a place to stay in this beautiful village, please don’t hesitate to stay here. The owner of the Valsi Villa, Rita Visioni was so helpful and speaks excellent Engish. For people like us traveling from the USA, it was a huge help. Without a doubt, if we are ever blessed and lucky enough to return to Santo Stefano, which we hope to one day, we will stay at the Valsi Villa !!

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