The Town That Became a Hotel

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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.
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The Abruzzi mountains as seen from the town of Santo Stefano.
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Santo Stefano once again hums with life. The building is the Palazzo delle Logge, home to six Sextantio rooms.
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Reclaimed materials give Sextantio's rooms a sense of authenticity—as do the linens, created after interviews with local weavers about their traditional patterns.
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A resident of Santo Stefano.
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The 14th-century tower, usually left open so visitors can savor the view.
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The hotel's breakfast.
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A hotel-room key (though locals never lock their doors).
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The sign outside the tiny reception office.
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Sextantio founder Daniele Kihlgren, with Santo Stefano in the distance.
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A resident's laundry.
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A ground-floor room.
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The breakfast area for guests in the Palazzo delle Logge.
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A guest-room bathroom.
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Manager Giovanni Pacifico.
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The stairway leading to Sextantio's restaurant is lit with candles at dusk. The chef only cooks with Abruzzesi ingredients.
— Amanda Marsalis

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