Stresa Holidays

Stylish Stresa, Lake Maggiore's leading resort

Stresa's Lake Maggiore's most popular resort. It's the kind of place that you never forget, and perfect for making memories. The Borromean Islands are only a short boat ride away and you're not far from Monte Mottarone, known for its incredible views.

What to see on a Stresa holiday 

The gardens of Villa Pallavicino and Villa Taranto are well worth a visit. You'll love the flower-filled gardens and there's nothing nicer than going for an evening stroll down the lakeside promenade. It's easy to get from place to place on the ferry which links you to the islands and nearby resorts.

The old town centre has been partly pedestrianised and in the evenings the bars and restaurants are full of life and a great place to celebrate your holiday. There are also loads of up-market shops to enjoy. Our favourite thing about Stresa is the music- we've got to mention the classical music festival which takes place from July to September each year.

Why book a holiday in Stresa with Inghams

There's always help at hand when planning your perfect Summer holiday with Inghams. We know all the best places to visit and our staff are always happy to help out. Book a holiday with Inghams and you know you'll be in safe hands.

  • from£592pp
  • 214 rooms
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Hotel Regina Palace is a grand hotel close to Stresa's lakefront 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£546pp
  • 92 rooms
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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£466pp
  • 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£626pp
  • 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£482pp
  • 72 rooms
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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£706pp
  • 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 perfectly maintained and you'll love the luxury rooms, Venetian-style lobby and relaxing outdoor gardens. The pool and restaurant have great lake views and are the ideal place for relaxing.

Excursions

Pre book your excursions online or give us call

Three Lakes Tour £36 per person (full day)

Visit three lakes in one day: Maggiore, Lugano and Como. Begin in Stresa with a scenic drive along the shores of Lake Maggiore before crossing the Swiss boarder to visit Lugano. Explore the chic city – art lovers should look out for Bernardino Luini’s fresco ‘The Last Supper’ in the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli. On Lake Como, you’ll explore Tremezzo’s Villa Carlotta and its beautiful gardens and the city of Como.

Departs: Tuesdays

Milan from £35 per person (full day)

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

Departs: Fridays

Macugnaga from £32 (half day)

In just 90 minutes we go from 260 metres above sea level in Stresa, through the Anzasca Valley where the ancient houses of the Walser people cling to the cliffs, to the foot of the second highest mountain in the Alps - Monte Rosa at over 4600 metres. Stroll through the picturesque alpine village of Macugnaga and enjoy the views across the mountain pastures. For views that are even more spectacular take the cable car.

Departs: Saturdays, from mid-June to mid-September – Optional cable car ticket (approx. €12), payable locally.

Ascona and Cannobio from £31 per person (half day)

Visit the elegant Swiss town of Ascona, a photographer's dream and home to an attractive lakeside promenade and interesting boutiques. After, head to the sleepy Italian village of Cannobio - its picture postcard setting is a favourite with local artists. 

Departs: Thursdays

Wine Tour from £34 per person (half day)

Where would Italy be without its renowned pasta and wine? This excursion gives you the chance to try some of the region's finest local produce. We’ll guide you through the beautiful countryside to the wine cellars of Ricetto, where you’ll learn about the art of wine production in the area. You'll have the chance to enjoy some Piedmont wines and tasty local snacks, 

Departs: Sundays

Excursion Package from £97 per person

Pre-book our excursion bundle, which includes the three half day tours: Macugnaga, Ascona and Cannobio as well as the Wine Tour and receive a free one day boat ticket to Baveno or Stresa and the Borromean Islands.

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. Please see our 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

Things to See and Do

A trip to Stresa wouldn't be complete without visiting at least one of the three Borromean Islands. The Isola Bella's the most famous island and was turned into an Italian terraced garden in the 17th Century by the Borromeo family. It's so beautiful that it's inspired writers and poets throughout time. Dickens wrote, "However fanciful and fantastic Isola Bella may be, and is, it is still beautiful". Isola Madre's the biggest island and has peacocks strutting around its' gardens. Check out the villa and its classic Italian style. The third island, Isola dei Pescatori is a lot more down to earth. It's an old fishing island and still is today. This is where Maggiore gets it's delicious fresh fish. It's easy to get to these islands on the ferry.

If you're looking for a day trip, you're only a stones throw away from Lake Orta, the famous UNESCO world heritage site. The smallest of the lakes, it's definitely worth a visit with it's relatively untouched landscape and fantastic food!

Food & Drink

The fish in Lake Maggiore's a must try, with the Isola dei Pescatori on your doorstep, you can have fresh fish everyday. Perch is very popular in the area and tends to be eaten in breaded filets, or if you're looking for something a bit more familiar, you could have trout which is typically served with home-made mayonnaise.

The cheese in Lake Maggiore's some of the best in Italy. It's on the border of Switzerland so both places share fantastic mountain land for raising cattle and making delicious cheese- they even produce one you'll definitely recognise... Gorgonzola. The local cured meats are also excellent and fantastic on an antipasto platter with the cheese. You have to try it! 

Activities

Are you into watersports? Do you love hiking up to the best view-points? Then you'll never be bored in Stresa! Why not try out wake-boarding, water-skiing or paddle-boarding or you could hike the Chestnut Route (Sentiero dei Castagni) up Mount Mottarone which takes about 2 hours 40 minutes. The view from the top is unforgettable and on a clear day you can see seven of the Italian and Swiss lakes.

For a change of pace, in the Summer, from July to September Stresa hosts a classical music festival. It's a great chance to take in that Romantic Italian atmosphere.

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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 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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