I always find it a bit of a paradox when journalists sing the praises of some “untouched beach”. Don’t they realise that their words are going to make loads of people flock to that very beach? Everyone is looking for the ‘real deal’ – the untouched, the authentic. But because so many people are looking for the same thing, we end up destroying it. Hordes of tourists alter the landscape and local culture. As a result, also this article is a paradox. Here I am going on about how wonderful the Mendrisiotto is, but at the same time I also want to keep it just the way it is – free of tourism. This is the real Ticino in its purest form. You’ll hear Italian on the streets. The hills and side valleys of the region are calm, real, authentic and full of cultural and landscape gems. The latest gem in the collection is the old Arzo marble quarry: the Patriciate of Arzo brought it back to life in autumn 2017 and the CAVA VIVA Group will breathe new life into the old quarry as a place for art and culture with stories about people and the stones.
Psst! Keep it to yourself!