leisure activities in abruzzo

Calendar of activities

Calendar of activities



excursions-greenExcursion to Rocca Calascio

Rocca Calascio is one of the highest castles in Italy, built in the Middle Ages for defensive purposes on a rock ridge from which there is a breathtaking view of the valleys below, up until the Adriatic coast. The excursion to the Rocca includes the transition to Campo Imperatore (upland at 1,800 meters of altitude), through unknown paths, with aimed breaks for the exploration of the natural heritage of this extraordinary territory, already chosen by Hollywood as a stunning location for movies like “Ladyhawke” with Michelle Pfiffer or “The American” with George Clooney.
Duration: 9:30 to 12:30
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bread courseThe bread in the old oven

The bread has a secular history, rich in ancestral symbolic meanings.
In the dining hall of Palazzo della Loggia, on the big patriarchal table and in the original oven of the sixteenth century, you will make loaves of bread and “pizze bianche”, preparing the dough with yeast, water and solina flour, the ancient cereal cultivated in the surrounding high areas of Santo Stefano di Sessanio. The fresh baked products can be brought to dinner or tasted right after with a good wine from Abruzzo.
Duration: 16.00 – 18.00
To take home: yeast
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weaving courseWefts of wool, basic weaving course

Our Lady Gianna, after having illustrated and explained the use of the ancient tools of the wool production, will assist the guets in the realization of a tissue. You will become confient with the the weft weave and the warp, the passage in the comb and the closure of the item.
Duration: 16.00 – 18.00
To take home: tissue made
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cooking courseGnocchi! Cooking course

Cooking course dedicated to the preparation of a special homemade pasta: the gnocchi, ancient food made from a dough of flour and potatoes entirely hand-processed and accompanied by a traditional, ragu of which our chef Emilio will reveal all the secrets. In addition to the gnocchi, you will prepare also maccheroni, using an old tool present in every cuisine of Abruzzo: the chitarra! To complete the menu, the second courses and desserts will be selected among those who are closely related to the italian popular tradition.
Activity Duration: 10.00 – 13.00, lunch 13.00 – 14.00
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starsOn the terrace under the stars

After dinner, tasting of herbal teas on the terrace by the “Locanda sotto gli Archi” restaurant, while an art historian expert in the artistic heritage of the area will tell you more about the “National Museum of Abruzzo”, recently reopened in the new venue by the “99 Cannelle” in L’Aquila after the earthquake. Furthermore, he will illustrate the feasible paths to the newly renovated places of the region.
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stroll villageStroll through the village

A nice stroll through the alleys of Santo Stefano di Sessanio along with the ethnologist of Sextantio Albergo Diffuso who will reveal you the philosophy underneath the Restoration Project.
After the tour, the aperitif will take place by the Tea Room.
Duration: 18.30 – 19.30
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treasure-hunt-childrenTreasure hunt in the Albergo Diffuso

The activity consists in reading a fairy tale in the small library; in a story form an object from the agro-pastoral world will be illustrated, which must be recognized and found during a recreational-educational path, in one of the areas of the hotel. At the end of the activity, you will have the grandmother’s snack at the Tisaneria: organic juices, jams and desserts made from Gianna.
Duration: 16.00 – 19.00
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A short notice is required to book some extra activities:

– Yoga classes;
– Horse riding;
– Soap making class;
– Canoe trip on the river Tirino;
– Individual or couple massages;
– Truffle hunting;
– Visit to the Abruzzo’s hermitages;
– Hiking at night, “on the traces of the Wolf”;
– Tours on foot or by mountain bike.