Guidelines for VisitorS
This document is intended to help you enjoy and get the most out of your stay in Zonca. You and your host(s) will read through this document in your "Creating your Stay in Zonca" telephone or Skype Call. After this call, print the last page, fill out the form, sign and send it to your host (see host-list below).
Every visitor and/or volunteer is assigned a host during his / her stay in Zonca. Hosts are accountable for you during your stay. If you are visiting Zonca for the first time, please make sure to acquire a host who actually lives in the village and ensure they will be present when you arrive. Upon arrival, your host will explain how things work, and act as your contact in case you have questions or need something.
While attending a workshop or staying as a volunteer, your host is the person accountable for the workshop or for providing work unless declared otherwise. Plan to arrive early, so as to acclimatise, get to know your host(s), meet other people in the village or participants/volunteers and know your way around etc.
List of Hosts
Make sure you have proper travel insurance with coverage for medical costs, accidents, private liability and so on. As a visitor, you are accountable for your safety and any damages resulting from your actions. You will sign this document as a disclaimer waiving your rights to damages for anything related to your stay in Zonca.
Your host(s) will take all necessary precautions to ensure your safety, happiness and comfort in Zonca. However, there are ruins and a high mountain, and whether you are in Zonca as a guest or volunteer you need to be aware of conditions in the village and its surroundings. - the video below may serve as a caution concerning the state of some buildings in the village.
We prefer to avoid use of products that are not biodegradable unless there is no alternative. Anything you bring that you do not take home with you needs to be biodegradable. Please speak to your host about anything that you are not sure about (washing-up liquid, shampoo, batteries).
Getting your Stuff here:
In order come to Zonca, you will need to carry everything you bring up the mountain. Suitcases are not suitable to be dragged along the narrow and steep mountain paths to the village. Zonca is extremely rustic and rural - it's part of the Magic of this place.
You will need a torch to get around because the village and surroundings are very dark at night. Unfortunately, batteries are highly toxic! Please make sure to dispose of your batteries responsibly (local supermarkets have recycling bins).
Recycling & Trash
Trash can be sorted into the following categories:
Chicken/Goat/Dog & Cat-Food (contact Locals)
Compost (contact Locals)
Paper/ TetraPacks (Seppiana/ Barboniga)
Glass/ Aluminium (Seppiana/ Barboniga)
Non-recycling stuff (Seppiana/ Barboniga)
Batteries (all supermarkets)
Zonca is in more of less pristine shape, so there is no waste and plastic junk lying around and we are concerned that it remain so. Please avoid bringing plastic and disposable goods. If you do, please make sure to remove these when leaving.
When walking in and around the village and on the mountain, please do not leave trash anywhere and if by chance you find something that does not belong in nature, please pick it up and bring it with you for disposal.
Checklist for Zonca stay
Torch/Headlamp & Batteries
Rucksack & small carrier bag
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Medication (if needed)
Food & Accommodation
You are accountable for discussing the terms of your accommodation and your food arrangements with your host before you arrive. Your first 24 hours are always free for you to arrive in peace and orient yourself.
We have different categories of guests, (private guests, volunteers, people who plan to buy a house or are here for a long-term stay). Please make sure you and your host are clear on the conditions of your stay and mark it down on this document.(Below)
Volunteers are required to work ± four (4) hours a day to have free accommodation including;
Using the public gas cooker (outside kitchen)
Wood for heating and cooking
Working Guests are required to work ± four (4) hours a day to be welcome to join the meals three times a day. Make sure you know where to go for which meal - speak with your host when you don't know.
There are various facilities for showers; outside solar-powered showers & private bathrooms - usually rustic. Heating and hot water are available but the solar boiler and panels are not always operational. Be advised that it is a good idea to help cutting, gathering and storing wood for the heaters, fireplaces and so on.
Be aware that Zonca is a rustic place. There are not many Water-Toilets (all of them private). We prefer using compost toilets. Please do ask locals where you can relieve yourself.
There is a place with WiFi in the village and if you would like to use it, arrange it with your host. Mobile reception is patchy - usually in front of the houses facing the other side of the valley.
While visiting the village, and surroundings, please respect people’s privacy and refrain from taking photos of dwellings, inside houses or posting photo’s of people without their explicit consent!
When approaching any dwelling on the mountain, make your presence known by clapping or calling.
Please do not enter houses especially when they look deserted and keep an eye open for land that has been cultivated, where plants might be growing that shouldn't be trod on.
Zonca is generally a very quiet place and we respect the silence. If you have electronic equipment please don’t turn the volume up unless the occasion merits it (like when we are in the music room...).
There are cable lifts on the mountain that can only be operated from above. Communication is necessary to ensure there is someone to operate a cable lift. Please be aware that the lifts use a lot of electricity and the one cable lift that reaches the valley road costs about 6 € per run.
All land in Zonca is privately owned. Owners expect to be asked about use of their land. There are a few good spaces for camping but best to make prior arrangements with hosts.
If you are traveling with a dog, please make this known to your host straight away. Visitor’s dogs are to be kept on a leash until all residents of the village agree the dog can go free.
Getting here and about:
There is a road up to a car parking space just about 50 meters below Zonca. You need a four-wheel drive to get all the way up. The road is private and it is necessary to arrange use before arriving!
There are basically two footpaths leading to Zonca, one from behind the church in Seppiana and one from Barboniga. The Seppiana path is shorter and quite steep, the Barboniga path is longer but an easier walk. There are maps on our website.
Paths in and around the village are public and you are welcome to walk wherever you like. Please close gates to prevent animals from getting into gardens.
If you come across any tools and equipment, please leave them where they are so those to whom they belong can find them back! If you use tools make sure they get back to where they belong! If you don’t know: ask!
Snakes, Scorpions and other Crawlers
When walking or climbing on the mountain be on the lookout for snakes and scorpions - give them time to hide. Bites are rare but best to avoid! And yes, some snakes are poisonous ...
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Be aware there are ticks. Make sure you have pincers and check regularly, especially after working with firewood and brushwood, playing with dogs and cats etc.
The fire hazard is significant anytime of the year and open fires should only be started in places allocated for that purpose and in outspoken agreement with your host. At no time should fires be left unattended!
We work with accountability - so if a job is given to you, it is up to you to see it done, or to communicate with your host if you are having difficulty or don’t understand what to do. In addition, we want and expect you to enjoy and benefit from working with us! If you are not enjoying your work, please communicate this to your host or the person who gave you the work. We encourage you to try various types of work and to find a way to do the work that is enjoyable and meaningful to you! That does not exclude hard work but you may need company or assistance or prefer doing other type of work. And we do not want you doing work you are not physically or mentally able to do! Any work entails preparation, doing the job and clearing up! Regardless whether working on your own or with others it is very much appreciated if you make sure everything is done and cleared away afterwards. Please assist people in being accountable for getting their jobs done.
In general, your willingness to participate in work, to clear and clean-up, to leave this place as pristine as when you found it, if not more so, will be greatly appreciated by all, including all who come after you!
Declaration of ConsenT