Stresa Holidays

Stylish Stresa, Lake Maggiore's leading resort

Stylish Stresa is Lake Maggiore's leading resort. Take your summer holidays in Stresa this year and experience this unforgettably beautiful Italian lake resort. The idyllic Borromean Islands are only a short boat ride away and Monte Mottarone, with its superb views, is easy to reach by cable car.

The lush gardens of Villa Pallavicino and Villa Taranto are well worth a visit. Summer holidays in Stresa take you to a flower filled, fragrant place with a long, landscaped lake front promenade. This links by cable-car and lake ferry to all the resort's main hotels. Imagine crystal clear waters, sparkling blue skies and idyllic lake islands and that's a summer holiday in Stresa in a nutshell.

The old town centre has been partly pedestrianised and comes to life in the evenings as the bars and restaurants spill into the squares. Holidaymakers love summer holidays in Stresa for the smart shops that line the narrow, cobbled streets. And the music! From the end of July to September, Stresa's celebrated International Music Festival offers 25 fantastic classical music concerts.

  • from£576pp
  • 214 rooms
Hotel Regina Palace, Stresa, Lake Maggiore, Italy - Aerial View.jpg

Hotel Regina Palace is a grand hotel on Stresa's promenade. It's set back from the road and surrounded by established gardens. Enjoy relaxing here with an outdoor pool and impressive spa with heated pool and hydro massage jets.

  • from£532pp
  • 92 rooms

Hotel Astoria is a great, family-run hotel on Sresa's promendade. It's very close to the centre too so you can easily stroll into town and enjoy the bars, shops and restaurants. There's a heated pool in the gardens where you can chill out all day - a poolside snack bar serves up some delicious barbecue lunches.


  • from£472pp
  • 250 rooms
Grand Hotel Bristol, Exterior

The art deco building of the Grand Hotel Bristol sits on Stresa's lakefront promenade. It's wonderfully elegant with stained-glass ceilings in the lobby and old-world rooms. Spend time relaxing by the pool in the gardens or on the restaurant terrace where you'll get views of the Borromean Islands.


  • from£642pp
  • 120 rooms
Hotel La Palma, Infinity Pool with Mountain View

The views don't get much better than from Hotel La Palme. The rooftop Sky Bar looks out over the lake and the Borromean Islands and has lots of comfy seating and glass all around so you won't miss anything. It's the must-be place in Stresa for aperitivo.

  • from£432pp
  • 72 rooms

This a lovely, family-run hotel with a relaxed atmosphere. We love the colourful gardens where there's an outdoor pool and plenty of loungers and chairs for you to relax. It's in a nice, quiet location just outside the centre of Stresa. You can walk there in around 20 minutes.

  • from£509pp
  • 82 rooms
Hotel Milan Au Lac

Hotel Milan Au Lac is a firm favourite with Inghams guests. It's well located on the promenade and close to the centre of Stresa. There's a nice restaurant with lake views and you can use the pool and gardens at a nearby hotel.

  • from£702pp
  • 70 rooms
Villa e Palazzo Aminta, Exterior

This hotel is a former palace and is every bit as luxurious now as it was then. The whole place has been meticulously maintained and you'll love the luxury rooms, Venetian-style lobby and relaxing outdoor gardens. The pool and restaurant both have great lake views and the centre of Stresa is just a short walk away.

Useful Information
Information about Stresa
Resort Code ITST
Time difference GMT+1
Currency EUR
Latitude 45.8845555
Longitude 8.5329814
Travel and Transportation
Departure day To Depart from Supplement
Milan Gatwick

Transfer time: approx. 1 hour by coach.

Supplements: are based on 7 nights departures.

Self drive is available

Car hire available: Yes

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: No

Resort Ski bus available: No


Special Excursion Package - £99 SAVE £10

Pre-book the Macugnaga, Ascona and Cannobio and Wine Tasting excursions and receive a FREE one day boat ticket to Baveno or Stresa and the Borromean Islands



Three Lakes Tour £51, Tuesday, full day

A chance to see three of the most beautiful lakes in two countries. In Lugano, enjoy a stroll along the palm and cypress tree lined promenade which gives the city a truly Mediterranean feel and admire the marvelous Last Supper painting in the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli. In Lake Como we will pass by the most famous resorts, with their splendid villas including George Clooney's and stop at Tremezzo where you can visit Villa Carlotta, with its unique collection of art and fabulous gardens. Finally we will visit Como, a city steeped in history where you can admire the 14th century cathedral or hunt out some bargains in the vast array of silk shops.

Milan £49, Friday, full day

One of the most stylish cities in the world, Milan is the Italian fashion capital. Make the most of your visit in the company of our local guide with a visit to the elegant Vittorio Emanuele Galleries and the Sforza Castle. Then free time to visit La Scala Opera or some of the famous boutiques. 

Macugnaga £39, Saturday, half day (runs mid June to mid Sept)

In just 90 minutes we go from 260m above sea level in Stresa to the foot of the second highest mountain in the Alps - Monte Rosa (over 4600m). Enjoy the contrast between the mild Mediterranean climate and flora of Lake Maggiore and the fresh Alpine climate with its meadows and fir trees. You can take a stroll through the picturesque Macugnaga village, a ski resort in the winter which still preserves the quaint houses of the ancient Walser people; or take a chair lift/cable car up higher for some spectacular panoramic views. (Cable car ticket approx €12)

Ascona and Cannobio £37, Thursday, half day

A photographer's dream, this half day excursion combines the best of two countries. The elegant and charming Swiss town of Ascona is home to an attractive lakeside promenade, interesting boutiques, this contrasts with the sleepy Italian village of Cannobio - a picture postcard setting that is a favourite with local artists. 

Wine Tour £39, Sunday, half day

Where would Italy be without its renowned pasta and wine? Wherever you go in Italy you shouldn't miss the chance to taste some of the local produce. With this trip we'll take you through beautiful countryside to reach the wine cellars of Ricetto. Your host will guide you through the cellars and describe the art of wine production in the area. You'll have the chance to enjoy some Piedmont wines and tasty local snacks, the best of these wines - Ghemme - is said to be unique and only produced here.


BOOK LOCALLY Prices are shown for guidance only.

Zermatt and Matterhorn £76, full day

Over the Simplon pass, Zermatt is one of the most iconic Swiss villages. Surrounded by twelve peaks over 4000m in height including the world famous Matterhorn - the most photographed mountain in Europe due to its striking shape. Stunning scenery all around, this is a journey into a mountain paradise. 

Island Tour £28, half day

A visit to the islands and gardens which are synonymous would Lake Maggiore. Why not take the time to find out about the history behind these beautiful places? We will take you on a private boat to visit Isola Bella and Isola Pescatori with commentary on the history of the islands as well as the splendid villas on Stresa's shore and their illustrious visitors over the centuries. 


**Please note that we act at all times as a selling agent for the suppliers. All excursions require minimum numbers to run and are subject to change. Some excursions may not be available to pre-book in low season but may be available to book locally subject to numbers. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. See terms & conditions.** 

Resort Combination

Resort Combinations

Two Centres | You can combine your 7 night stay in Stresa with a week on Lake Como so you can compare the two lakes.

Things To Do

• Swimming at Baveno’s Lido
• Villa Fedora and Villa Branca
• Romanesque belltower and Octagonal baptistry (5th Century)
• Visit Pallanza by ferry
• Mottarone cable-car
• 18th Century 'Pallavicino' botanical park
• Alpine gardens at 'Gignese'
• Mountain biking from Mount Mottarone
• Stresa classical music festival (August - September)


The Borromean Islands

The three Borromean Islands are easily reached from Baveno. Isola Bella was transformed in the 17th Century when the Borromeo family built their baroque palazzo and classically Italian terraced garden. Peacocks strut around the gardens on elegant Isola Madre, the largest island; the villa contains rooms which have been decorated and furnished in period style. Isola dei Pescatori is humble by comparison, but charming nevertheless, retaining the air of the fishing community it once was. Dickens wrote of Isola Bella "However fanciful and fantastic Isola Bella may be, and is, it is still beautiful". Our 'Island Tour' includes guided visits of Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella including entrance to the palace and gardens.


Inghams Insider Tip

Lake Maggiore is known for its fantastic display of flora - visit in May & June for the most vibrant array of spring flowers.

  • Horse-riding
  • Sailing
  • Tennis
  • Walking
  • Swimming

Spend 11 nights getting to know two of Italy's most famous lakes - Como and Maggiore. We've created a self-guided itinerary which includes ideas of how to spend your days, as well as an excursion to St Moritz along the Bernina Express Railway and a wine tasting tour. Book this self-guided tour with Inghams and soon you'll be strolling along the lakefront promenade in Stresa and exploring Cadenabbia.

Good to know

  • Buy a Rover Ticket so that you can hop on and off ferries throughout the day to explore the Borromean Bay
  • Take a boat trip to the beautiful island, Isola Bella, to discover the elegant palace and its Babylon gardens
  • One of Europe’s most prestigious classical musical festivals is held in Stresa every summer. Search “Settimane Musicali” to find out more!
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