Perched gracefully on the shores of Lake Maggiore, Stresa is a sparkling jewel of Italy, offering a fusion of natural beauty, historic charm, and a dash of opulence. The town beckons with its lakeside allure and Alpine backdrop. Read more

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Stresa is renowned as a tranquil getaway, and its location on the western side of Lake Maggiore provides visitors with unparalleled views, especially of the Borromean Islands. The town became a favorite retreat for European aristocracy in the 19th century, and their influence is evident in the ornate villas and lush gardens that dot the shoreline. Stresa has a timeless allure, with its elegant promenades, historic hotels, and the soft hum of boats ferrying tourists to nearby islands. The town is not just a summer destination; it offers events and attractions year-round, including the famous Stresa Music Festival.
Whether it's the gentle sway of the boats, the tranquil gardens, or the historic charm, Stresa encapsulates the romance and allure of Italian lake towns, making it a must-visit destination.

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What to do in Stresa

Borromean Islands

A group of three main islands and two islets, famous for their palaces, gardens, and picturesque views. Isola Bella is particularly noted for its baroque palace and terraced gardens.

Villa Pallavicino Park

A vast botanical garden home to various exotic plants and a small zoo. A perfect place for leisurely strolls and to enjoy panoramic views of the lake.

Mottarone Cable Car

This cable car takes visitors from Stresa to the summit of Mount Mottarone, offering spectacular views of the Alps and seven lakes.

Villa Ducale

An elegant 19th-century villa, surrounded by an exquisite garden. Its interiors and architecture give a glimpse into the opulent past of the region.

Church of San Vittore

A historic church in the heart of Stresa, known for its beautiful frescoes and serene ambiance.

Alpinia Botanical Garden

Located between Stresa and Mottarone, this garden is home to over 700 plant species native to the Alpine region.

Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen’s Island)

The only inhabited island among the Borromean Islands, it boasts a charming village atmosphere with narrow alleys, fishing homes, and seafood restaurants.

Museo del Paesaggio

A museum dedicated to the landscape and history of the Lake Maggiore region, showcasing artwork, photographs, and artifacts.

Lido di Carciano

A tranquil beach area perfect for relaxation, sunbathing, and taking in the beautiful vistas of Lake Maggiore.

Stresa Music Festival

An annual musical extravaganza that attracts renowned international artists, offering a rich calendar of classical concerts.

What else to visit
In and around Stresa

Baveno (4.02 km)

Varese (23.27 km)

Domodossola (31.49 km)

Nestled in the heart of the Ossola Valley, Domodossola stands as an enchanting gateway between Italy and Switzerland, merging medieval charm with Alpine splendor, offering a unique blend of nature and history.

Milano Malpensa (31.81 km)

As the largest international airport in northern Italy, Milan Malpensa Airport is the base for countless airlines and the gateway to a cosmopolitan city full of fashion, culture and history.

Lugano (34.55 km)

Lugano, located on the southern border of Switzerland, is a city that perfectly combines Swiss precision with Italian charm. This pleasant lakeside town offers not only stunning natural scenery but also a rich culture and gastronomy.

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