Stresa is famous as the pearl of Lake Maggiore: since the middle of the last century, it has been an internationally renowned tourist resort, in the middle of Lake Maggiore, in a panoramic and picturesque setting, facing the Borromeo Islands.

Along the promenade, historical villas that date back to the 18th century and prestigious liberty style hotels which hosted illustrious guests.

Of great interest is Villa Bolongaro, now called Villa Ducale (1770) where the philosopher Antonio Rosmini died in 1855 and now houses the international centre of Rosmini studies.

Worth of a visit for all the families with children is Villa Pallavicino: you will spend a pleasant day in this botanical and zoological garden with more of 40 species of animals, an area for children plays and several zones for picnic.

Stresa hosts international events and conferences in the modern structure of Palazzo dei Congressi. Among them, in September, the prestigious concerts of the “Settimane musicali di Stresa e del Lago Maggiore” (Musical Weeks).

The walk along the elegant avenue, which crosses luxuriant gardens and colourful flowerbeds, enjoys the exceptional panorama offered by the Borromeo Gulf: Isola Bella, the most famous among the Borromeo Islands, with its palace (1632) rich in Baroque works of art and its luxurious and magnificent gardens. Of great interest is also the smaller Isola dei Pescatori, a maze of narrow alleys which will lead the visitor to discover the typical restaurants and the traditional open air market.

From Carciano Lido a cableway takes visitors to Mount Mottarone (1491 mt), the starting point for mountain walking and excursions. The cableway makes a stop at Giardino Alpinia, a botanical garden designed to preserve the Alpine flora and one of the most beautiful lookout of the world. This breathtaking panorama enchants all visitors: as you sweep the horizon, you can enjoy the gentle view of the Borromeo Gulf and of the blue stretch of Lake Maggiore.

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