Corippo is an architectural pearl in the Verzasca Valley, located in a setting of rare beauty and in symbiosis with the surrounding landscape. Its stone houses nestle tightly against the steep alpine slopes, but its beauty also lies in the mountains towering over the village, which were integral to the functioning of the settlement itself. The slopes around Corippo reveal how carefully the available space was used and managed, with highly accurate structures built vertically into the hillsides. Fields, terraces, meadows, chestnut woods, pastures, fruit trees, paths, dry stone walls, stables, barns, mills, graa (chestnut-dryers), chapels, houses, mountains, springs and fountains – all these intimately linked elements form part of a single whole. Built up over time, layer upon layer, in a coherent and balanced fashion, Corippo is a settlement typical of the alpine landscape.