Stresa

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Be charmed by this beautiful lakeside town filled with architecture, history and botany. Venture to offshore islands, appreciate the tranquility and enjoy the views.

Wander along the shoreline of Stresa and be transported to a bygone age. Soak up the belle époque atmosphere and admire the luxury villas and art nouveau mansions. The town is an upscale place, where you can sip wine in outdoor cafés, dine in excellent restaurants or discover some of the region’s most stunning views.

Stresa is located on Lake Maggiore along the Gulf of Borromeo. In this charmingly pretty town a long promenade offers lake views. A maze of cobbled streets forms the old center and breathtaking countryside envelops it all. Begin by wandering through the town and observing local activities. Stop for coffee in little squares such as Piazza Cadorna.

Few people visit Stresa without making the trip to the Borromean Islands. The three islands of Bella, Madre and Isola dei Pescatori are a treasure trove of botanical gardens, palaces and old fishing villages.

Take the cable car up Mount Mottarone, which rises behind Stresa. Stop at the midway point to wander around the stunning Alpinia Botanical Gardens, where over 1,000 alpine and subalpine plant species create a magical garden with a view. Continue to the very top of the mountain to experience one of the region’s most staggering 360-degree vistas. In addition to viewing the Borromean Islands, gaze across the Alps and see seven distinct lakes.

Just over 1 mile (2 kilometers) from Stresa is the 19th-century palace Villa Pallavicino, with a huge park and zoo. Watch zebras, kangaroos and black swans amid lush landscaped gardens. Bring your camera for the wonderful views here too.

Stresa is located 30 miles (50 kilometers) from Milan Malpensa Airport, 60 miles (100 kilometers) from Milan Linate Airport and 80 miles (130 kilometers) from Milan Bergamo Airport. A train line runs directly from Milan to Stresa. Get around the town on foot or hop in a taxi. Alternatively, ferry across the lake to other top sights and towns.

Hotel Astoria
Hotel Astoria
4 out of 5
Corso Umberto I, 31, Stresa, VB
The price is $139 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
Located in the heart of Stresa, this golf hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Villa Ducale and Congressi Palace. Stresa Ferry Terminal and Villa La Palazzola ...
4.1/5Very Good! (372 reviews)
"We stayed at the Astroria 5 years ago and likes it so much we came back. The hotel has old school charm while providing fantastic service. The staff are wonderful. The hotel has a beautiful view of the lake and it is a 5 minute walk to the hiatpric center, where you can find restaurants and shops. ..."

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2021

Hotel Astoria
Hotel La Palma
Hotel La Palma
4 out of 5
Corso Umberto I, 33, Stresa, VB
The price is $176 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in the heart of Stresa, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Villa La Palazzola, Carciano Ferry Terminal, and Stresa-Alpino-Mottarone Cable Car. ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (595 reviews)
Great location, rude receptionists, dated rooms
"Hotel has a lot of potential, stunning rooftop pool and bar with amazing views. Let down by disinterested female receptionists and dated rooms. The walls were so thin it felt like the people next door were in our room. Breakfast is very hectic with all the covid restrictions but credit to the staff ..."

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2020

Hotel La Palma
Regina Palace Hotel
Regina Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
Corso Umberto I, 29, Stresa, VB
The price is $171 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Located in Stresa, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Congressi Palace and Villa Ducale. Stresa Ferry Terminal and Villa ...
4.4/5Excellent! (832 reviews)
Charming hotel with wonderful views
"We had previously stayed at the Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees and this hotel is very similar in style and layout. It has lovely views of the lake and islands and only a short walk to the shops of restaurants. The jacuzzi by the pool could have been warmer but the pool was perfect. Service at breakfast ..."

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2020

Regina Palace Hotel
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Giusy Isola dei Pescatori
Giusy Isola dei Pescatori
via Ugo Ara, Stresa, VB
The price is $107 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Situated on a lake, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Church of San Vittore, Isola Madre Botanical Garden, and Borromeo Plaza. Borromeo Palace ...
4/5Very Good! (16 reviews)
"We had fun here. It was nice to spend the night out here. No cars are on the island. Good restaurants on the island. Boats come around often enough. Directions: When you get off the boat, walk left and follow the sign for the Belvedere. Then just as you reach the Belvedere, turn right on the narrow ..."

Reviewed on May 29, 2018

Giusy Isola dei Pescatori
Casa Vacanze Loita
Casa Vacanze Loita
Via per Campino, Stresa, Provincia del Verbano-Cusio-Ossola
Situated in Stresa, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Villa Henfrey-Branca and Church of Saints Gervase and Protaso. Baveno Ferry Terminal and ...
Casa Vacanze Loita
Casa della Torre
Casa della Torre
Via della Torre 7, Stresa
Situated in Stresa, this property is within 3 mi (5 km) of Iles des Borromees Golf Club, Stresa Ferry Terminal, and Villa Ducale. Congressi Palace and Villa ...
3/5 (3 reviews)
un séjour assez mitigé
"Etablissement situé sur les hauteurs de Stresa, à 10 mn en voiture. Quartier calme, mais pas de parking privé (parking gratuit dans la rue). Les voisins sont bruyants (conversations, radio)."

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2019

Casa della Torre
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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