rural heritage of southern italy
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Rediscovering the rural heritage of southern Italy.

Santo Stefano di Sessanio is inside the beautiful Gran Sasso National Park.The area is rich in natural, unspoiled countryside.

Since the war the dignity and character of many southern Italian hill towns has suffered at the hands of unsympathetic tourist development. New houses built on the periphery of historic villages have compromised the relationship between the urban landscape and the countryside. Many ancient town centres have suffered from poor quality development. Original features were often removed, stripping buildings of their history. A lack of proper planning meant that new buildings did not reflect the local architectural style.

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The national government failed to intervene; preferring to focus on Italy’s classical heritage and unwilling to recognise the importance of rural architecture and its relationship with the landscape.

Where poverty led to the villages being abandoned no new construction took place. This has left an opportunity for conservation – the chance to preserve these historic hill towns for the future.

A place 19th century travelers called “terra incognita”.

– Daniele Kihlgren

The area is rich in natural, unspoiled countryside. While you are visiting Santo Stefano, why not take advantage of some of the excursions we have on offer, including trips into the countryside, mountain biking, trekking in the mountains and horse riding. We offer a variety of excursions and trips into the countryside mountain diking, trekking in the mountains and horse riding. Santo Stefano di Sessanio is inside the beautiful Gran Sasso National Park.The area is rich in natural, unspoiled countryside.

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