Santo Stefano is in a beautiful corner of Italy. It’s basically due east of Rome in the mountains of a national park — so it’s very accessible from the Eternal City. And it’s 100 percent worth the ride.
The vineyard-covered mountains of Abruzzo are the perfect place to get lost while traveling through Italy. The tiny village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio is one of those places that feels almost too good to be true. The food really is that amazing. The wine really is that cheap and delicious. And, yes, the tiny village really does feel like you’re walking through a living postcard. Anywhere that you can eat a plate of fresh noodles and wash it down with the best wine is worth getting lost in.