Not only is Musée Ariana the headquarters of the International Academy of Ceramics, but it contains one of Europe’s most important porcelain, glass, and pottery collections. Seven centuries of treasures from the Middle Ages to the present day—including big European names such as Sévres and Delft, as well as rare artifacts from China and Japan—are housed in the elegant, airy galleries of a beautiful neo-Renaissance villa, built by local arts patron Gustave Revilliod and named after his mother, Ariana de la Rive. The Salon de thé, within the magnificent oval gallery, is a delightful setting for refreshments.