STRESA AND THE BORROMEAN ISLANDS

STRESA AND THE BORROMEAN ISLANDS

What is the right place for a charming and romantic hideaway? Stresa certainly meets the bill. An elegant place for summering, already popular among 18th century aristocrats who were attracted by the mild climate and comfortable access provided by the railway station, built in 1855. The position and relaxed atmosphere will not delude you. Overlooking Lake Maggiore, Stresa is situated just opposite to the Borromean Islands, an ideal destination for a day trip. Naturally, this refers to the enchanting Isola Madre, Isola Bella, Isolino di San Giovanni, Isola dei Pescatori and Scoglio della Malghera.

With regard to Stresa, there is a parade of villas, sophisticated Liberty style buildings alternating with luxury hotels aligned along its lake shore that create the perfect frame for a quiet morning walk or to sit out in the open air at the aperitìf hour and to watch how the colours of the lake waters change at sunset. If you go as far as Piazza Marconi, you can visit the neoclassic parish church of St Ambrose. Villa Ducale stands a little farther along. Today the villa is the seat of the International Centre of Rosminian studies and includes a library, an archive and a small museum with mementos of the philosopher. He died here in 1855.

Slightly further from the city centre, the enchanting park of Villa Pallavicino occupies a panoramic position and is famous for its botanical garden that includes magnolias, a cedar of Lebanon, rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias. Some animals that live freely here, such as deer, llamas, flamingos, ferrets and many others, hide among the plants.

However, Stresa is not only a romantic location. In the immediate vicinity, sports enthusiasts will find opportunities to play golf, go horseback riding, do windsurf and paragliding or, in alternative, relax in the swimming pool or on a sail boat.