Wish you were here?

Chateau de Rochecotte
St-Patrice, France

Ornate exterior and gardens,
antique decor,
glorious views

Wish you were here?

Residence Fondo La Campagnola
Villa di Gargnano, Italy

Traditional villas,
fabulous lake views,
cosy rooms

Wish you were here?

Palazzo Stunis Charme B&B
Ostuni, Italy

19th century mansion,
elaborate decor,
peaceful atmosphere

Wish you were here?

Le Cep
Beaune, France

Sumptiously furnished,
full of character,
friendly staff

Wish you were here?

Cricket Inn
Beesands, England

Gorgeous sea views,
outstanding seafood,
great for walkers


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Our places to stay in Ticino come as something of a surprise, like the canton itself. On the warm, southern side of the Alps, this is Switzerland’s Italian-speaking region, with all the blessings of both Italy and Switzerland: mountains lakes, sunshine and flowers.

  Here our reporters have found places to stay that reflect this Mediterranean feel, with simple furnishings, many a sun terrace and bacony, but still the Swiss passion for quality, cleanliness and efficiency. Several overlook the spectacular lakes of Lugano and Maggiore.

  As elsewhere, our selection of places to stay in Ticino offers an exceptionally interesting range to choose from: guesthouses, restaurants-with-rooms and small hotels. Whichever, they all have the special qualities of hand-picked character and charm we seek out.

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Albergo Gardenia

6987 Caslano-Lugano TI, +41 (091) 6061716
Secluded, 160-year-old summer villa

Albergo Ronco

6622 Ronco s/Ascona TI, +41 (091) 7915265
Simplicity, style, great food & views over Lake Maggiore

Boutique Hotel La Rocca

6613 Porto Ronco Ascona TI, +41 (091) 7915344
Great lakeside location

Hotel Mirafiori

Via Al Parco 6644, 6644 Locarno-Orselina TI, +41 (091) 7431877
Warm welcome, high above Lake Maggiore

Ristorante Motto del Gallo

6807 Taverne-Lugano TI, +41 (091) 945 2871
Restaurant with rooms, inventive menu

Villa Magliasina

6983 Magliaso-Lugano TI, +41 (091) 6112929
Golfer's heaven, 15 courses nearby

Villa Principe Leopoldo

Via Montalbano 5, 6900 Lugano TI, +41 (091) 9858855
Understated luxury with wonderful views of Lake Lugano
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