The Town That Became a Hotel

By , Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008, 12:00 AM

Source Article: The Town That Became a Hotel

Amanda Marsalis took our cover shot of Santo Stefano, Italy, from a nearby hillside. She says, "It looks like a painting in every direction!" Amanda stayed in the albergo diffuso Sextantio for the shoot: "The owner puts out a huge breakfast spread for guests every day. (Amanda Marsalis)

The Abruzzi mountains as seen from the town of Santo Stefano. (Amanda Marsalis)

Santo Stefano once again hums with life. The building is the Palazzo delle Logge, home to six Sextantio rooms. (Amanda Marsalis)

Reclaimed materials give Sextantio's rooms a sense of authenticity—as do the linens, created after interviews with local weavers about their traditional patterns. (Amanda Marsalis)

A resident of Santo Stefano. (Amanda Marsalis)

The 14th-century tower, usually left open so visitors can savor the view. (Amanda Marsalis)

The hotel's breakfast. (Amanda Marsalis)

A hotel-room key (though locals never lock their doors). (Amanda Marsalis)

The sign outside the tiny reception office. (Amanda Marsalis)

Sextantio founder Daniele Kihlgren, with Santo Stefano in the distance. (Amanda Marsalis)

A resident's laundry. (Amanda Marsalis)

A ground-floor room. (Amanda Marsalis)

The breakfast area for guests in the Palazzo delle Logge. (Amanda Marsalis)

A guest-room bathroom. (Amanda Marsalis)

Manager Giovanni Pacifico. (Amanda Marsalis)

The stairway leading to Sextantio's restaurant is lit with candles at dusk. The chef only cooks with Abruzzesi ingredients. (Amanda Marsalis)