Hotel Pironi

Top choice hotel in Cannobio

Set in a 15th-century mini-monastery (later home of the noble Pironi family) high in Cannobio's cobbled maze, Hotel Pironi is, in a word, beautiful. Thick-set stone walls shelter interiors evocative of another era; it's full of antiques, frescoed vaults, exposed timber beams and stairs climbing off in odd directions.

Some of the enchanting bedrooms even have lake views.