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With an idyllic situation on the shores of Lake Maggiore, Stresa is a popular tourist destination in northern Italy. The town's smart villas along the shoreline recall Stresa's heyday as a fashionable resort in the 19th century. Visitors enjoy the complementary attractions of the lake and mountains. Cruises around the islands can be combined with hikes or cable car rides up Mount Mottarone with its spectacular vistas. Venere.com has partnered with a wide variety of Stresa hotels to ensure that travelers can find the option that best suits their needs and budget. With maps pinpointing the main sights and the best way to arrive, Venere ensures that visitors can get the most out of their Stresa stay.
What's Stresa Like?
Stresa is a charming small town that combines touches of Italian elegance with a cozy Alpine atmosphere. Stresa hotels make an ideal base for exploring the scenic area around the town. The dramatic cable car ride up Mount Mottarone takes 20 minutes to reach the summit at 1,491 metres. It's possible to leave the bright sunshine of the lakeside and arrive above the snowline. The views from the top are outstanding, stretching over the Po Valley to the Alps. Halfway up, it's possible to alight and explore the walking trails and Alpine gardens. Popular excursions from Stresa include boat trips to the Borromean islands of Lake Maggiore, notably Isola Bella and Isola Madre with elegant palaces and formal gardens. The 19th-century Villa Pallavicino offers landscaped parklands and a zoo. In spring and summer the town hosts a variety of classical music and jazz festivals.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Stresa
English is understood in many of the tourist bars and restaurants of Stresa but trying a little Italian will win friends. The cuisine here mixes Lonbardy and Piedmont influences in rich dishes that use plenty of dairy produce. One local specialty is the pretty daisy design cookies called Margheritine di Stresa, invented in the 19th century and named after Margherita, daughter of the Duke of Genoa who made the town fashionable. For ferry trips, copy the locals and buy a rover ticket which allows you to hop on and off the boats all day and explore at your leisure. The sophisticated search options offered by Venere.com allows travelers to access certified reviews from past guests. With extensive photos and sample room layouts, our site provides all the information needed to narrow down our selection of Stresa Hotels to just one in this evocative corner of Italy.