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StresaItaly

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.

Top Hotels in Stresa

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel La Palma
Hotel La Palma
4 out of 5
Corso Umberto I, 33, Stresa, VB
The price is $170 per night from Oct 12 to Oct 13

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! (545 reviews)
Amazing place on the lake

"The place is super nice. It has nice rooftop bar with incredible view. Personnel is very friendly and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019

Hotel La Palma
Grand Hotel Bristol
Grand Hotel Bristol
4 out of 5
C.so Umberto I, 73, Stresa, VB
The price is $116 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

Situated in Stresa, this golf hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Villa La Palazzola, Carciano Ferry Terminal, and Stresa-Alpino-Mottarone Cable Car. Congressi ...

4.2/5Excellent! (350 reviews)

"My daughter left her school book in the hotel room and we had to catch an early train to make our flight. I called the hotel and asked them what I should do and they said stay on the train and we will mail the book and they did!!!! Excellent place to stay and mind blowing customer service!!!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2019

Grand Hotel Bristol
Villa e Palazzo Aminta Hotel Beauty and SPA
Villa e Palazzo Aminta Hotel Beauty and SPA
5 out of 5
Via Sempione Nord 123, Stresa, VB
The price is $310 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 27

Located in Stresa, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of Carciano Ferry Terminal, Stresa-Alpino-Mottarone Cable Car, and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (234 reviews)

"Villa e Palazzo Aminta Hotel Beauty and SPA Stresa, Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Italy Sun, Oct 13 - Wed, Oct 16"…"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019

Villa e Palazzo Aminta Hotel Beauty and SPA

Vacation Rentals in Stresa

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Giusy Isola dei Pescatori
Giusy Isola dei Pescatori
via Ugo Ara, Stresa, VB
The price is $106 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 29

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
Hotel Residence La Luna nel Porto
Hotel Residence La Luna nel Porto
3 out of 5
Corso Italia, 60, Stresa, VB

Situated in Stresa, this residence is within a 5-minute walk of Stresa Ferry Terminal, Villa Pallavicino Park, and Villa Ducale. Congressi Palace and Villa La ...

5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
This is how it should be ! I loved it

"I felt at home. Very spacious apartments, clean and modern. I liked the wooden floors and tiled bathroom. Everything you need is there in the apartment, even a small kitchenette. We had a lake view room and views were amazing. Very warm welcome from the reception and smiley faces. Straight into stresa ..."…"

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

Hotel Residence La Luna nel Porto
Villa Angela
Villa Angela
Via Per Levo 23, Stresa

Situated in Stresa, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Stresa Ferry Terminal, Villa Ducale, and Congressi Palace. Villa Pallavicino Park and Villa La Palazzola ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"Espectaculo visual. Entorno privilegiado. Apartamento muy comodo y lleno de atenciones."…"

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2019

Villa Angela

Popular places to visit in Stresa

Stresa-Alpino-Mottarone Cable Car
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Stresa-Alpino-Mottarone Cable Car

5/5(1 review)

Soar over the treetops on this awe-inspiring cable car, which shows panoramic views as it rises from the shores of Lake Maggiore to the peak of Mottarone.

Isola Bella
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Isola Bella

5/5(9 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Isola Bella during your travels in Stresa. Wander the picturesque gardens and lakeside in the area.

Borromeo Palace and Garden
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Borromeo Palace and Garden

Beautifully landscaped Italianate gardens and a sumptuous Baroque palazzo almost entirely encompass the second largest of the Borromean Islands.

Top things to do in Stresa

Lake Maggiore Isola Bella Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour
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Lake Maggiore Isola Bella Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour

$9
Per adult
Dining experience at a local's home in Lake Maggiore
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Dining experience at a local's home in Lake Maggiore

$96
Per adult
Private Market Tour + Cook + Dine at home at Lake Maggiore
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Private Market Tour + Cook + Dine at home at Lake Maggiore

$244
Per adult
Local Market visit and Dining at a local's at Lake Maggiore
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Local Market visit and Dining at a local's at Lake Maggiore

$158
Per adult
Pasta-making class in Lake Maggiore at a Cesarina's+Tasting
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Pasta-making class in Lake Maggiore at a Cesarina's+Tasting

$165
Per adult
Private Arrival from Malpensa airport (MXP) to Milan City Center
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Private Arrival from Malpensa airport (MXP) to Milan City Center

$118
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Stresa

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 11, 2019

This is an excellent base for exploring Lake Maggiore. Easy to take the ferries to islands and towns along the lake. Less than an hour to return a car to Milan airport. Take the train to Locarno Switzerland and return by boat if you have a full day.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 4, 2019

Nice Lungo Lago with gorgeous views of the Lake, Isola Bella and the mountains.

5/5 - Excellent

AshrafSamir

Aug 25, 2019

A great place for a relaxed vacation of 4-6 days

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 8, 2019

It's a very special place this was my 4th visit; I'll be back..

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 30, 2019

Beautiful little town! All Italian!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 30, 2019

Great for a close weekend of sun, water and good Italian food/wine.

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