Swiss Mountain village with 13 residents is turning into a giant hotel to avoid extinction

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Maria Sergeeva
November 2, 2017
The mountain hamlet of Corippo, located in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino in Switzerland, was about to be totally deserted as there are only 13 inhabitants left and others are preparing to leave.
 
The village, at an altitude of 1,968 feet above sea level, used to be a tiny mountainous paradise cooking its piazzas and pastas when the population was still 300 people.
 
Its Mayor Claudio Scettrini is the last non-retired inhabitant of the village says the last residents are preparing to quit because of a lack of motivation.
 
To avoid Corippo’s total extinction, a foundation called "Corippo 75" has decided to turn it into into one big hotel complex called "Albergo Corippo."

 Expected to open n Spring 2018, the new nature resort will even have a shuttle service so it would be easy for gests to get there, excursions, museum visits and cooking classes.
 
The restaurant in the main square will be turned into the hotel reception and the stone cottages will be turned into hotel rooms.
 
As for the squares, town hall and church, they will be transformed onto open-air hotspots where guests could meet and talk enjoying the stunning view.
 
The project was launched several yeas ago by the municipality of Corippo, the Canton of Ticino and national authorities.
 
It own now dozens of houses in the village.
 
"Every rustico [traditional cottage] will receive the name of the long-established family which once owned it, and the character of the traditional way of life will remain intact.", said Fabio Giacomazzi an architect and president of the Corippo Foundation 1975.


 He explained to Swiss Info that the "traditional houses with their stone roofs have remained pretty much unchanged since the beginning of the 20th century and they are surrounded by a countryside which is largely untouched."
Giacomazzi even wants to repair the old mill and plans to plant terraced rye fields.
 
He said: "This way Corippo will bake its own bread, just as our forefathers did."
 
"The restaurant will be enlarged. Here not only breakfast will be served, but also half board offered.", said Claire Amstutz, who runs the small restaurant, which according to the foundation's plan will be turned into the hotel reception.
 
It would be affordable to stay there, the resort administration willing to let each tired citizen to escape from urban noise and bustle. According to local media, the foundation plans a rate between £75 and £91 per night, including breakfast.

 

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