Relax on the veranda or in the antique pharmacy (now a library: what could be nicer?) with a tome from the family’s historic collection. Books in all languages line the walls, along with puzzles and toys for children. The owner has thought of everything, from complimentary grappa to hand-finished linen to candles for al fresco dining.The house, built in 1695, has been in her family for 12 generations, and was home to the Italian Resistance in WWII. Now it houses seven apartments, private and peaceful, over three large floors. Impeccable bedrooms overlook the town square or the secluded gardens.The house is in the heart of Borgo Ticino, with a pretty view of the church and a nice pizzeria you can walk to. Hike or bike the gorgeous woods of Bosco Solivo (3km), or catch a pleasure boat on the waters of Lake Maggiore; it’s minutes from the house and backed by deep green hills.