Above: A view of the countryside in Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Italy

Bordered by a craggy spine of the Apennines Mountains to the west and the Adriatic Sea to the east, the Abruzzo region lies just a two-hour drive from Rome’s Fiumicino international airport. Remarkably little-known, it offers a combination of Tuscany’s rolling landscapes and Umbria’s verdant scenery. Today Abruzzo is being discovered by connoisseurs ofItalywho love its leisurely ways. The region does not yet have a luxury hotel of an international standard, but it does offer small properties of comfort and character. And what also makes them especially memorable is the Abruzzese tradition of hospitality.

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Above: A view of the countryside in Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Italy

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