Spectacularly perched on a hillside overlooking Lake Lugano, this mansion offers an unparalleled location and old-world service. Although the villa was built in 1868 for Prince Leopold of Hohenzollern, most of the public rooms and guest rooms are either staidly modern or snoozily traditional—tasteful but with little patina. You may not care once you take a glance at the stunningly arranged pool-and-terrace complex encircled by a double staircase—a slightly Baroque
touch. Chef Dario Ranza is famous for his risottos (saffron and chanterelles, for example, or pumpkin and zucchini flower), which make dining here a notable experience.