Stresa, overlooking Lake Maggiore near the Gulf where the famous Borromean Islands are located, is one of the most beautiful and popular tourist destinations in northern Italy.
 
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Stresa

The pearl of Lake Maggiore
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Municipality of Stresa
Province of Verbano Cusio Ossola
Piemonte region
Inhabitants: 4.913
Center altitude200 m s.l.m.
the Municipality is part of:
Comuni fioriti
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Sant'Ambrogio - 7 dicembre

Municipality of Stresa
Piazza Matteotti 6 - Stresa (VB)
tel: 0323939111

Stresa is one of the most popular tourist destination and its area is divided into four parts: coastal, insular, hilly and mountainous. The coastal part overlooks Lake Maggiore and includes the historic center and the hamlet of Carciano; the island area includes three of the four scenic Borromean Islands (Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Isola dei Pescatori); the hilly part includes a series of fractions dominating the Lake Maggiore (Levo, Binda, Campino, Passera, Someraro, Vedasco, Brisino and Magognino); the mountainous part includes the popular ski resort of Mottarone.

Initially called Strixsya (small strip of land), the first reference to Stresa appeared on a parchment dated 998. In the fifteenth century the small village was inhabited mainly by fishermen. It first became a feud of the Visconti family, it was later acquired by the Borromeo family. Since the nineteenth century the town was chosen as a stopover by many intellectuals including Lord Byron, Stendhal and Charles Dickens.

Because of its cultural attractions, its enchanting lakeside promenade and its marvelous view, Stresa is also known for its cultural offer. Among the many events that make the town alive we remember the Stresa and Lake Maggiore Music Weeks, part of the European Festival Association, whose official name has recently been changed.

Much of the charm of the lake village is given by the incredible landscape variety of its area. The historic center is characterized by a succession of magnificent mansions, noble villas, exclusive hotels and well-kept gardens lapped by the waters of Lake Maggiore. One of the most beautiful villas in the area is certainly the luxurious Villa Pallavicino, dating back to the 19th century, which is one of the main attractions of the village. It is also possible to visit the Parish Church of Sant 'Ambrogio, in neoclassical style, inside which there are some seventeenth-century paintings. On its right there is the famous Villa Ducale, dating back to the end of the eighteenth century and not far from the Palazzo dei Congressi.

In Stresa you have to taste the Margheritine, the typical sweets of the village designed in 1857 by the pastry chef Piero Antonio Bolongaro in honor of the then Princess Margherita of Savoy, future first queen of Italy, who lived in the Villa Ducale, to celebrate his First Communion. You also have to taste the Toma del Mottarone, a typical cheese made with the milk of the cows that graze at Mottarone, or the mountain of Stresa.

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Other destinations nearby

Laveno
Laveno
The village of Laveno is located on the shores of Lake Maggiore in Lombardy. Laveno is also considered an important center for the production of ceramics and porcelain, among the largest in Italy and Europe
Varese - 6.85 KM from Stresa
Angera
Angera
Angera is undoubtedly a charming lakeside town: it is an ancient village behind which stands the majestic Rocca Borromeo,
Varese - 12.72 KM from Stresa
Orta San Giulio
Orta San Giulio
Orta San Giulio rises along the waters of Lake Orta: a strategic point and one of the ideal stages from which to admire the small body of water.
Novara - 13.57 KM from Stresa
Cannero Riviera
Cannero Riviera
Cannero Riviera is a typical medieval village located on the Piedmont side of Lake Maggiore. Famous for their history are the Castles of Cannero
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola - 18.85 KM from Stresa
Cannobio
Cannobio
In Cannobio, located on the shore of Lake Maggiore, there are numerous architectural buildings, including the Palazzo della Ragione and Casa Pironi
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola - 23.25 KM from Stresa
Vogogna
Vogogna
Vogogna is located a few kilometers from Lake Maggiore. The village is the ideal setting for civil and religious events
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola - 23.34 KM from Stresa

NOTE: distances are set as the crow flies.

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