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Belle epoque elegance along Lake Maggiore

Stresa is a chic cobblestone town on the western shore of Lake Maggiore, known for its sweeping views of the lake from a wide, palm-shaded promenade. The elegant waterfront villas and a backdrop of mountains make it easy to see why it’s such a sought-after place. But the true showstoppers of Stresa lie a little offshore - the splendid Borromean Islands, where you can find lavish, tiered gardens.

Stresa is known for its atmospheric nights, especially in the height of summer. On a warm Italian evening, order scoops of gelato and stroll through the town, soaking up the energy. Or find a rooftop bar for a glass of crisp Italian wine or prosecco. The town is filled with an abundance of restaurants (it’s not hard to find somewhere serving boat-fresh seafood) and there are free concerts and even the odd firework display, creating a summery and celebratory feeling. Cin cin!

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This summer resort is fully open between May and September, coinciding with the warmest temperatures that peak around 30 degrees in July and August.
Green-fingered types will find plenty of inspiration in the Italian gardens here. But with a little bobsleigh ride through the mountain, boating, and shopping, there’s plenty more to do besides.
Expect classic Italian dishes in Stresa, and don’t miss the Italian penchant for al fresco aperitivo. Order an Aperol Spritz or a Negroni. 

Hotels in Stresa

Hotel La Palma
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