leisure activities in abruzzo

Calendar of activities

Calendar of activities



excursions-greenMorning – Excursion 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.
The excursion takes place in the company of a donkey, through the practice of a “slow” hiking trekking; these animals are sidekick fellows who give rhythm to the hike, carry bags and make the hiker’s journey lighter.
Duration: 9:30 to 12:30
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excursions-greenAfternoon – Playing a game

In the artisan’s square of our hotel, the papier-maestro will accompany you during the making of a papier-mache sculpture through the acquisition by the participants of the traditional techniques and the secrets of this simple and ancient craft.
Duration: 16:00 to 17:00
To take home: papier-mache sculpture.
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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 guests in the realization of a tissue. You will become confident with 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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stroll villageMorning – Cartoon animals

Paintbrushes and colors are available, and all the children will be able to paint the large cardboard put in the center of the artisan’s square of the hotel: an installation made of recycled cardboard that will only take its final shape at the end of the lab.
Activity duration: 11.00 – 12.00
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stroll villageAfternoon – Stroll 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, a weaving demonstration and local infusions tasting will take place by the Tea Room.
Activity duration: 18.30 – 19.30
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cooking courseGnocchi! Cooking course

Cooking course dedicated to the preparation of a special homemade pasta: gnocchi, ancient food made from a dough of flour and potatoes entirely hand-processed and accompanied by a traditional ragu which our cook will reveal all the secrets of. In addition to gnocchi, you will prepare also maccheroni, using an old tool present in every cuisine of Abruzzo: the chitarra! The menu will include also the second courses and desserts that 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
To take home: a bottle of Sextantio olive oil.
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starsStroll and typical dinner at Rifugio

Thanks to the cooperation with the ancient “Rifugio Racollo”, the activity includes a nice stroll with visit at Campo Imperatore. With the first appearance of the stars, we are back to Rifugio for the tasty dinner with arrosticini, Stick with lamb typical from Abruzzi, cold beer and Montepulciano wine.
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treasure-hunt-childrenMorning – Yoga stroll

Meditation, walk and “sound bath”, Santo Stefano Lake. Simply walking to get deeply in touch with your own self and nature, to discover the benefits of harmonic vibration in a “sound bath” with Tibetan singing bowls and other instruments.
Activity duration: 9.00 – 11.00

Afternoon – Welcome toast

In the very heart of Sextantio Albergo Diffuso, in the old shops area, you will share a relaxing moment on our hemp pillows and old-style chairs.
The welcome drink will be accompanied by live music.
Activity duration: 18.00 – 20.00
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bread courseThe bread in the old oven

The bread has a secular history, rich of 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 surroundings of Santo Stefano di Sessanio. The fresh baked products can be brought to dinner or tasted straight away with a good wine from Abruzzi.
Activity duration: 10.00 – 12.00.
To take home: yeast. Also appropriate for children

Afternoon in piazzetta

Infusions tasting in the convivial area, together with one of our guides that will introduce the most fascinating and uncontaminated paths of the Gran Sasso Park and Laga Mountains, their natural, historical and artistic heritage.
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Activities to be booked with short notice:

– private yoga retreats;
– horse riding;
– soap making class;
– canoeing on Tirino river;
– individual or couple massages;
– truffle hunting
– visit to Abruzzi Hermitages;
– night walk on the trails of the Wolf;
– walking or bike tours.