The tiny Swiss village that wants to become a hotel
The tiny mountain village of, arranged on the green slopes of southern Switzerland’s Verzasca valley, looks like something out of a and more pictures and video of this village you can find
What was once a thriving farming community of around 300 people has dwindled to just 12 residents, 11 of whom are over 65. Today, the only economic activity in the town is the local, a rustic restaurant.
Here, in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, not far from Lacarno, Corippo’s slate-roofed buildings, built from local, have remained largely untouched for centuries — but it’s now on the verge of becoming a ghost town.
However, all’s not lost. A local foundation,, has come up with a novel way to save the village: Corippo is set to become the country’s first “ ,” or
It will, says an architect and president of the foundation, give visitors “the chance to experience a very particular sojourn in a genuine rural village that remained practically the same since 1800 [More] ,
Aside from soaking up the atmosphere of an authentic Ticino village, guests will also be able to hike through the region, visit cultural sites and enjoy the local gastronomy
And now, finally, things are starting to happen. The first cottage, the two-bedroom, opened to guests in late July 2018, while the hotel proper is scheduled to open Easter 2020.
The full three-stage restoration plan — which comes with a price tag of around $6.5 million — would see the osteria expanded and refurbished, in order to become not only the hotel’s dining room but also a reception and meeting point.
The public squares in front of the town hall and church are to become open-air communal spaces, while a mill, a bakery and a chestnut-drying room are also slated for renovation.
There are also plans for landscaping, and the reintroduction of goat farming, as well as rye, hemp and chestnut trees and more picture of this village find
The project is not yet fully funded, although thereported in August 2018 that $2.7 million had been raised so far, through public funding as well as bank loans.
There’s been a lot of international interest in the project, with visitors keen to immerse themselves in Swiss village life. And in 2017, the project won the Swiss hotel and restaurant associationHotel Innovation Award.
However, there are some question marks as to the feasibility of the project.
With such a small, aging population, there are relatively few people available to greet the visiting tourists. Concerns have been expressed about whether efforts should be focused on fixing infrastructure issues like poor water supply instead of attracting travelers
“We hope that the hotel will offer the opportunity for a young family to undertake the management and to settle intogether with some employees,” he says [ ]
The plan is also to attract craft traders to the area, to further revitalize the village
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