We love a border destination. The Swiss village of Minusio sits just next door to Locarno (itself well worth a visit for its history and art), along the manicured edge of Lake Maggiore, which shares its waters with Italy. It's perhaps churlish of us to pit lakes against each other, but we think Maggiore's really got it going on. Hop on a bike to explore the many restaurants, private galleries and independent shops with screensaver-style vistas that speckle the lakeside. If you go far enough, you'll reach the municipality of Gambarogno, which is threaded with canals and day-trip-sized settlements. Pedal a little farther and you'll be in the market for a cracking pizza and authentic gelato.