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Our apartment (upstairs)
Remember that this precedes the horrific earthquake of April 2009. I understand that the watchtower, which is what can be seen in my picture of a narrow street, is no more but I do not know what further damage may have been done.

This was a buses only day form Opi. 1. to Avezzano, a very useful junction but with no real appeal to tourists since an earlier aqueduct destroyed its old buildings.  2. To L'Aquila, where we should be returning the following day and 3. to Santo Stefano. We had sufficient time in L'Aquila to go and look at the castle from the outside. (More on this later).

We had considerable difficulty finding our accommodation in Via degli Archi (road of the Arches) since there were no people about and arches everywhere - no road signs.
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Eventually Pam left me to look at the bottom of a flight of stone steps while she shot up. Having braved a huge dog, she knocked on a door. The world changed! It meerged that what we had thought was a hotel was in fact a number of apartments (old houses tastefully renovated) and that nobody was there a the moment. A woman with a small souvenir shop let us sit in her house while we awaited the arrival of Claudia who let us into our accommodtaion and provided our breakfast. Before leaving Claudia orered us a meal at the bistro outside the town wall, which was on its weekly closure day.

The following morning Claudia arrived again with presents of local biscuits and honey from her father. She also brought the potentially bad news that there was a bus strike and that there would be nothing before 1630. This was alarming as we had arranged to meet our friends at about 1100 in L'Aquila. Fortunately Claudia was returning to L'Aquila and offered us a lift. On the way it emerged that she was a student at the University of L'Aquila and that one of her tutors was the woman we were going to stay with!

Santo Stefano has a small lake outside but its unique charm lay in the streets and arches of the old village.
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Our apartment (upstairs)
Our apartment (upstairs)
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Narrow street with now defunct wat…
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Santo Stefano di Sessanio Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Delicious food, delicious setting
This restaurant is just outside the walls of this medieval walled vllalge and until the 2009 earthquake there was a view of the old watchtower over th… read entire review
Santo Stefano di Sessanio Hotels & Accommodations review
Great self-serviced Accommodation in medieval surroundings.
We thought we had booked at a hotel! That might have added to our difficulties in finding it - but probably not much. The bus driver put us out at the… read entire review
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