Italy / Emilia Romagna

LIGONCHIO

Located a thousand meter above the sea level, and immersed in the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park, Ligonchio is the ideal workation destination for those who are seeking quietness and being connected with nature.
Driven by a strong group of volunteers, Ligonchio is leveraging remote working to repopulate this unique town, that now counts less than 100 inhabitants.

THE TOWN

A WONDER IN ALL SEASONS

Uncontaminated nature | Silence | Hiking trails

About one hour drive from Reggio Emilia, Ligonchio emerges as a town immersed in the most uncontaminated nature.
The ridge of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park majestically bows over the town. Here, an uncontaminated and protected nature surfaces, protected by the few inhabitants of the town.
Ligonchio can be ‘lived’ beautifully in all seasons. Through the sunny and warm summers and the snowy winters, this towns offers excursions of all kinds and local product tastings.

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SURROUNDINGS

The panoramic view

Few towns offer breathtaking views as Ligonchio. Surrounded by the National Park, on such an altitude, both at day and night you will be able to admire a beautiful panorama of the valley.
Fun fact: you can admire the view from the Ligonchio Big Bench, an oversized
bench installed by the architect Chris Bangle.

 

Biodiversity

During hiking trips in Ligonchio it is possible to explore a wide variety of plants and species, that attract biologists from all over the world to explore the area. Our Town Angels are experts of the type of biodiversity that you can find around here, ask them!

 

The silence

This is the most striking element that comes up as soon as you step into Ligonchio: an almost complete absence of noise. Because of its secluded location, you can leave busy city noise behind, and listening to the soothing silence of the natural surroundings.

 

Mobility

The closest big city to Ligonchio is Reggio Emilia, about 1:30 hours away.
Bologna is also not too far off, with slightly more than a 2 hours drive.

HOUSING

ECO-FRIENDLY ACCOMmODATIONS

Indoor pool | Chalet style | Panoramic view | Outdoor terrace

CO-WORKING

A PLACE BUILT FOR CREATIVITY AND TECHNOLOGY

Fast-Connection | Fully equipped | Workshop-friendly | Outdoor terrace with view

The town of Ligonchio offers two great co-working spaces, each with different characteristics. The biggest working space is located inside the eco-hotel in the lower part of the village and it’s characterized by bright rooms, built entirely with eco-sustainable materials. It is fully equipped with tables and chairs, a big screen, flipchart, and during sunny days you can use its immense terrace and meet there.
The second co-working has very fast wifi, and works greatly for all your workation needs.

EXPERIENCES

NATURE & MINDFULLNESS

Hiking trails | Spiritual | Local taste

Nature is the predominant element in Ligonchio and around it, we have developed some unique experiences to help you unwind from a long day of remote working.
Experience its countless trails, admire the foliage in autumn or embark in a sunset snowshoeing adventure. Bring some peace and quite to your mind, also by joining one of our yoga and meditation sessions from the panoramic deck during a sunny day.

A VISIT TO THE ‘BIG BENCH’

A refreshing hiking trail to reach this oversized bench that oversees the valley.

FALL FOLIAGE HIKE IN THE APENNINE

The ideal setting for a picturesque autumn hike! And don’t forget to bring your camera.

PASTA LAB WITH THE LOCAL GRANNIES

Feel that family home vibe. Join local grandmothers and dip your hands in fresh hand-rolled pasta.

SMARTLIVING

COWORKING IN A FOREST

Community driven | Peace | Natural vibe

The local volunteers did a tremendous job combining Ligonchio natural environment with its facilities and making them available for remote working.
Ligonchio offers now that surreal and unique feeling of working from a forest far away from the stress of everyday life. A town where time has stopped and nature has been given time to run its course.

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SMARTLIVING FEATURES

Accomodations

Private apartments from locals and Chalets with indoor swimming pool available.

 

Co-Working

Close to the city center and accommodation, with amazing views.

 

VIP town

Iva Zanicchi, one of Italy’s most famous singers ever, was born in Ligonchio and can be spotted occasionally hanging out I the local restaurants.

 

Lunch breaks

Pasta, wine, espresso, all overseeing this beautiful valley.

 

Nature experiences

Ask your Town Angel to guide you in the nature of Ligonchio.

 

A true vision

The volunteers of Ligonchio hope that remote working will help in repopulating this town that was almost completely abandoned a few decades ago.

 

Weekends

Don’t be shy – ask your Town Angel!

TOWN ANGEL

MEET YOUR TOWN ANGEL

Each Smartway Town has its own Town Angel.
The Town Angel is the person who will help you break the ice with the other remote workers and with the local community. Will assist you with any request you might have, taking care of your needs and wishes.

And, in the end, is the one who will invite you for a glass of wine in that place only locals know about…

Sara, Laura and Arianna are the Town Angels of Ligonchio!

“We will always be there for any curiosity, doubt or difficulty, we want you to discover Ligonchio through the eyes of a local and who better than us knows what it means to be catapulted from the city to a small village full of stories and experiences to live!”