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It is an ideal place of sojourn for anyone who loves the peace and tranquillity of the mountains and might enjoy spending time in contact with nature in a characteristic setting. Although located in the very center of Italy, this village and the Park are still little explored and uncontaminated by the crush of mass tourism.
Santo Stefano has a unique and suggestive setting where one can still breathe the magic atmosphere of once-upon-a-time
The streets and palazzi of the Borgo are rich with arches, logge, courtyards and doorways carved in late medieval and renaissance stonework. The skyline is marked by the great crenellated watchtower that dominates the village at its highest point and from which breathtaking views of the surroundings mountains and valleys can be had.
In the XV and XVI centuries Santo Stefano di Sessanio fell under the control first of the Sienese Piccolomini family and then of the Medici of Florence. Memories of their dominion are still present in the architecture of our town and most specifically in the shield of the Medici family prominently placed above the main entrance gate.