I am now writing articles and sharing my photos on the new Best of Switzerland blog, set up and run by international hotel chain Best Western.
The civic gardens on the lakefront at Lugano surround the Villa Ciani, just a couple of minutes to the east of the city centre.
Looking on the map at the area on the eastern shores of Switzerland's Lake Lugano, you'll come across a small anomaly: the municipality of Campione d'Italia. The municipality, which is entirely surrounded by Switzerland's territory, is tiny: little more than a village, a winding road clambering its way up a vertiginous cliff, and a section of lake front. Such an unusual piece of country deserves a visit.