Sunday Times


- Travel · Switzerland · Canton Ticino

An en­tire Swiss vil­lage that’s slowly be­ing turned into a ho­tel has opened its doors for busi­ness.

Corippo, a ham­let with stone houses, nar­row al­leys and moun­tain vis­tas in the Ital­ian-speak­ing can­ton of Ti­cino, once had 300 res­i­dents. But last year it had only 13 and the mayor had re­signed.

So a foun­da­tion called Corippo 75 launched a tourist re­de­vel­op­ment project, with the aim of turn­ing the en­tire place into one big, “scat­tered” ho­tel.

The first villa, called Casa Ar­cotti, is now open for book­ing, at 128 CHF (about R1,900) per night.

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