Switzerland's Smallest Town May Soon Become a Sprawling Hotel

Tourists looking for an authentic taste of Swiss mountain life may soon be able to find it in Corippo. The tiny, Italian-speaking village nestled in the Alps is working on repurposing many of its houses into rentable rooms, essentially transforming the centuries-old town into an albergo diffuso, or “scattered hotel.”

As CNN reports, the plan to draw tourists to Corippo is more than a money-making scheme: It's a last-ditch effort to ensure the town's survival. With just 12 full-time residents (11 of which are over 65), Corippo is the smallest municipality in Switzerland. The town's economy is on its way to becoming nonexistent, with the local osteria serving as its only business.

But a local foundation called Fondazione Corippo 1975 believes that Corippo and its quaint, 19th-century cottages are worth saving. In order to do that, it's trying to raise $6.5 million to convert it into a resort. That money will be used to open 30 of the village's 70 buildings up to paying guests. If the plan is successful, visitors to the town would significantly outnumber permanent residents.

Converting a whole town into a hotel isn't unprecedented. Albergo diffusos are a lucrative business in Italy, but Corippo would be Switzerland's first. As of August 2018, Fondazione Corippo has raised $2.7 million for the project through public funding and bank loans. If you'd like to experience Corippo before it gets too touristy, the town's first rentable cottage, which opened this summer, is available for $130 a night.

[h/t CNN]

New Jersey's Anthony Bourdain Food Trail Has Opened

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Before Anthony Bourdain was a world-famous chef, author, or food and travel documentarian, he was just another kid growing up in New Jersey. Earlier this year, Food & Wine reported that Bourdain's home state would honor the late television personality with a food trail tracing his favorite restaurants. And that trail is now open.

Bourdain was born in New York City in 1956, and spent most of childhood living in Leonia, New Jersey. He often revisited the Garden State in his books and television shows, highlighting the state's classic diners and delis and the seafood shacks of the Jersey shore.

Immediately following Bourdain's tragic death on June 8, 2018, New Jersey assemblyman Paul Moriarty proposed an official food trail featuring some of his favorite eateries. The trail draws from the New Jersey episode from season 5 of the CNN series Parts Unknown. In it, Bourdain traveled to several towns throughout the state, including Camden, Atlantic City, and Asbury Park, and sampled fare like cheesesteaks, salt water taffy, oysters, and deep-fried hot dogs.

The food trail was approved following a unanimous vote in January, and the trail was officially inaugurated last week. Among the stops included on the trail:

  1. Frank's Deli // Asbury Park
  1. Knife and Fork Inn // Atlantic City
  1. Dock's Oyster House // Atlantic City
  1. Tony's Baltimore Grill // Atlantic City
  1. James' Salt Water Taffy // Atlantic City
  1. Lucille's Country Cooking // Barnegat
  1. Tony & Ruth Steaks // Camden
  1. Donkey's Place // Camden
  2. Hiram's Roadstand // Fort Lee

Chernobyl Creator Craig Mazin Urges Visitors to Treat the Exclusion Zone With Respect

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Following the success of the HBO miniseries Chernobyl, one tour company reported that bookings to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone located in Ukraine rose 35 percent. Now, series creator Craig Mazin is imploring the new wave of tourists to be respectful when snapping selfies at Chernobyl, Gizmodo reports.

A 2500-square-kilometer exclusion zone was established around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant shortly after its reactor exploded in 1986 and flooded the area with harmful radiation. The abandoned towns are still too radioactive for people to live there safely, but they have been deemed safe to visit temporarily with the supervision of a guide.

Chernobyl has supported a dark tourism industry for years, but thanks to the miniseries, photographs taken there are gaining new levels of attention online. News of influencers posing for irreverent selfies at the site of the nuclear disaster quickly went viral. Mazin tweeted:

Regardless of why people are visiting the site, being respectful in the presence of tragedy is always a good idea. It's also smart to resist leaving a tour group to snap the perfect selfie in some abandoned building: Tour companies warn that breaking rules and wandering off approved paths can lead to dangerous radiation exposure.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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