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Explore thoughtfully with Simon & Gabriela Jenny, the General Managers of Castello del Sole


My Top Tips to Conscious Travel

  • Ensure electricity such as air conditioning and lights are turned off when you are not in your room.
  • Choose food that has a low environmental cost.
  • Choose your means of travel consciously. In Middle Europe, travellers can travel comfortably by train.
  • Ask our concierge for retailers of local products. Supporting local family-owned businesses is an important factor for the sustainable growth of a village and it’s an opportunity to learn more about the local culture as you meet and talk to locals while shopping.
  • Do ask us questions! Make it visual for tourism suppliers that sustainability is a growing need. Ask for local water, local wines and local meat in restaurants. Or ask us which activities support the local economy.
  • Stay longer than one night and do ask the Castello del Sole for green options to reduce unnecessary washing of towels and linen.

Local Experiences in ASCONA, SWITZERLAND

  • ART: Verzasca Foto Festival – an outdoor exhibition in Sonogno. Pictures of the local territory and inhabitants of Verzasca Valley.
  • ARTISINAL SHOPS: Negozio Sapori Nostrani Val Maggia - fresh Swiss products made in the alp and on the plain by local farmers and craftsmen. In the "Val Magìa" shop in Cevio, buy a basket of products to relive the ancient Grotti of the area.
  • DRINK & EAT: Grotto Pozzasc - The Grotto Pozzasc stands in an idyllic location on the banks of the river that flows out of the Peccia Valley. Originally, the building was a water mill, as is still apparent in its wood and stone interior. Every day, the owners prepare delicious regional meals.
  • CONNECT WITH NATURE: Sentiero Yoga Vairano - The Yoga Trail in Vairano aims to unite nature with the individual and to interlink the two. The great variety of shapes and colors we see and experience in the forest give us strength, inner peace and awaken our vital energy and joy of life.
  • ENTERTAINMENT: Teatro Dimitri - Located in the beautiful countryside of the Terre di Pedemonte area near Locarno, the Teatro Dimitri was founded in 1971 by Clown Dimitri and his wife Gunda. Initially, its tradition lay within the art of clowning, non-verbal theatre and burlesque theatre. Nowadays it combines its traditional history with a dynamic and up-to-date cultural program.
  • BEST PLACE TO BE KISSED OR WATCH SUNRISE/SUNSET: Lungolago in Ascona – Enjoy a Sunset with a beautiful view on Lake Maggiore and on the Brissago Island.
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As we have said on so many different occasions, sustainability and wellbeing are completely intertwined, but who will lead the charge in the travel & tourism industry that seems to be lagging behind compared to some of its industry peers? Organisations like It Must Be NOW are clearly ahead of the game, setting best practices, offering certification tools and creating signalling effects. We posit that as the climate emergency intensifies, such organisations will put into motion a snowball / cascading effect. Expansion will therefore be exponential, not linear. Latecomers and doubters beware!

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