Monte Verità
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Seeking truth in Ascona
Mountains in Switzerland have long been an attraction for people seeking inspiration, energy and fresh air. One of those mountains, more of a hill really, put Canton Ticino on the map for theosophists, artists and free thinkers at the turn of the 20th century. They founded a reform-minded colony on the 'Mountain of Truth' in Ascona. My husband and I experienced that fresh air and energy during a weekend on the mountain, at Albergo Monte Verità. The hotel--built in the Bauhaus style in 1928--delivered on its promise of great views, good food and natural beauty. It is also Switzerland's only remaining 'Neues Bauen' hotel, a treat for architecture buffs. The property is now run by a Foundation, responsible for managing the legacy of the colony founded more than one hundred years ago. The hotel with its parkland is a splendid asset in a part of Switzerland already chock full of beauty. When you are hankering for a new view of Lago Maggiore, head up the hill to catch a glimpse of paradise from the heights of Monte Verità. Take a tour through the park, join a tea ceremony, or just chill out in a sling chair on the lawn. It's a sure-fire way to draw inspiration from a day, or a weekend, at this special place.
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