Verzasca valley, in Ticino, has been experiencing drastic depopulation for several years and counts today only 828 permanent inhabitants. In contrast, many tourists come to visit the valley for day trips or to rent houses. Tourists and locals co-exist in the valley but don’t interact.

The project intends to orient tourism towards the local community and their territory to create an exchange that supports them while giving tourists a chance to become active visitors.

The implementation of this sustainable tourism starts with the renovation and extension of Cortascio, a small abandoned hamlet. At the end of its transformation, the village becomes a place to learn about the valley, participate in activities, and meet. The skills acquired by volunteers in Cortascio then spread to the valley.