In past centuries, people did not live in the lowlands like they do today. They lived up in the hills, partly because the river Ticino often burst its banks and living near the river also increased the risk of contracting malaria, but also to steer clear of any clashes between the troops fighting over Bellinzona, a key access route to the Alps.

The charming hamlet of Curzútt, with its stone buildings, vegetable gardens and terraced grain farms and vineyards, was beautifully restored in recent years by the Curzútt-San Barnárd Foundation with an investment of over CHF 6 million.

The aim of the initiative was not to create an open-air museum, but a lively destination which is now also home to a hostel and an excellent restaurant. Many buildings, dry-stone walls and the old mule track have been restored and a lovely playground has been built for the little ones.

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