Swiss village that turned into a hotel opens its doors for business

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A tiny Swiss village that was saved from extinction by an unusual plan to turn it into a multi-building hotel has opened its doors for business.

The mountain hamlet of Corippo, located in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino in Switzerland, is now offering a four-bedroom villa for £100 (128 CHF) per night. 

The two-storey property is described as being located in an ‘enchanting and peaceful location’ with ‘everything you need to spend a nice holiday with family and friends’. 

The mountain hamlet of Corippo, located in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino in Switzerland, is now offering a four-bedroom villa for £100 (128 CHF) per night


The mountain hamlet of Corippo, located in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino in Switzerland, is now offering a four-bedroom villa for £100 (128 CHF) per night

The mountain hamlet of Corippo, located in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino in Switzerland, is now offering a four-bedroom villa for £100 (128 CHF) per night

Photographs show how the quaint home - which features a kitchen, bathroom and living room - boasts an array of original features including wood-beamed ceilings and terracotta tiled floors

Photographs show how the quaint home - which features a kitchen, bathroom and living room - boasts an array of original features including wood-beamed ceilings and terracotta tiled floors

Photographs show how the quaint home – which features a kitchen, bathroom and living room – boasts an array of original features including wood-beamed ceilings and terracotta tiled floors

Claire Amstutz, a 61-year-old who originally hails from the German-speaking part of Switzerland but has been living in the Verzasca Valley for 18 years, called the project 'wonderful'

Claire Amstutz, a 61-year-old who originally hails from the German-speaking part of Switzerland but has been living in the Verzasca Valley for 18 years, called the project 'wonderful'

Claire Amstutz, a 61-year-old who originally hails from the German-speaking part of Switzerland but has been living in the Verzasca Valley for 18 years, called the project ‘wonderful’

Photographs show how the quaint home – which features a kitchen, bathroom and living room – boasts an array of original features including wood-beamed ceilings and terracotta tiled floors. 

Corippo, at an altitude of 600 metres (1,968 feet) above sea level, once had a thriving community of 300 who enjoyed its small piazzas and attended services in its tiny church.

But last year it was revealed that only 13 inhabitants were left and the mayor had resigned along with several other administrative workers because they lacked motivation. 

In a bid to save the town from total extinction, a foundation called ‘Corippo 75’ launched a tourist redevelopment project. 

The property includes a fenced garden so guests can bring their pets on holiday too

The property includes a fenced garden so guests can bring their pets on holiday too

The property includes a fenced garden so guests can bring their pets on holiday too

Corippo, at an altitude of 600 metres (1,968 feet) above sea level, once had a thriving community. But last year it was revealed that only 13 inhabitants were left and the mayor had resigned along with several other administrative workers because they lacked motivation

Corippo, at an altitude of 600 metres (1,968 feet) above sea level, once had a thriving community. But last year it was revealed that only 13 inhabitants were left and the mayor had resigned along with several other administrative workers because they lacked motivation

Corippo, at an altitude of 600 metres (1,968 feet) above sea level, once had a thriving community. But last year it was revealed that only 13 inhabitants were left and the mayor had resigned along with several other administrative workers because they lacked motivation


In a bid to save the town from total extinction, a foundation called 'Corippo 75' launched a tourist redevelopment project. The town, with its beautiful stone houses, narrow alleys and grand mountain vistas will now be gradually turned into one big hotel complex to bring it back to life

In a bid to save the town from total extinction, a foundation called 'Corippo 75' launched a tourist redevelopment project. The town, with its beautiful stone houses, narrow alleys and grand mountain vistas will now be gradually turned into one big hotel complex to bring it back to life

In a bid to save the town from total extinction, a foundation called ‘Corippo 75’ launched a tourist redevelopment project. The town, with its beautiful stone houses, narrow alleys and grand mountain vistas will now be gradually turned into one big hotel complex to bring it back to life

The town, with its beautiful stone houses, narrow alleys and grand mountain vistas will now be gradually turned into one big hotel complex to bring it back to life.

The project, called ‘Albergo Corippo’, will see the restaurant in the main square turned into the hotel reception, while the other stone cottages will be turned into hotel rooms.

The project’s foundation began years ago and was started by the municipality of Corippo, the Canton of Ticino and national authorities, and has in the meantime acquired dozens of houses in the village.

Foundation president and architect Fabio Giacomazzi said: ‘Every rustico [traditional cottage] will receive the name of the long-established family that once owned it.

‘The character of the traditional way of life will remain intact.’

The project got its inspiration from Italy, where similar redevelopment schemes have brought life to ghost towns.

The Corippo project got its inspiration from Italy, where similar redevelopment schemes have brought life to ghost towns

The Corippo project got its inspiration from Italy, where similar redevelopment schemes have brought life to ghost towns

The Corippo project got its inspiration from Italy, where similar redevelopment schemes have brought life to ghost towns

The future plans of Corippo have proved a hit with the Swiss tourist industry and the Swiss hotel association awarded Albergo Corippo last year's Hotel Innovation Award

The future plans of Corippo have proved a hit with the Swiss tourist industry and the Swiss hotel association awarded Albergo Corippo last year's Hotel Innovation Award

The future plans of Corippo have proved a hit with the Swiss tourist industry and the Swiss hotel association awarded Albergo Corippo last year’s Hotel Innovation Award

Other plans for the town include a shuttle service to bring guests to the nearest bus stop, excursions into the surrounding landscape, museum visits and cooking classes

Other plans for the town include a shuttle service to bring guests to the nearest bus stop, excursions into the surrounding landscape, museum visits and cooking classes

Other plans for the town include a shuttle service to bring guests to the nearest bus stop, excursions into the surrounding landscape, museum visits and cooking classes

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.’

Other plans include a shuttle service to bring guests to the nearest bus stop, excursions into the surrounding landscape, museum visits and cooking classes.

Giacomazzi said: ‘In a second stage, we also want to win over other holiday home owners for our project.’

Claire Amstutz, a 61-year-old who originally hails from the German-speaking part of Switzerland but has been living in the Verzasca Valley for 18 years, called the project ‘wonderful’.

She currently runs the small restaurant in the square.

Amstutz said: ‘The restaurant will be enlarged. Here not only breakfast will be served, but also half board offered.’

She is convinced that a traditional experience in Corippo would be a hit with German-speaking Swiss citizens like her. 

The future plans of Corippo have proved a hit with the Swiss tourist industry and the Swiss hotel association awarded Albergo Corippo 2017’s Hotel Innovation Award.


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