Italy, Lake Maggiore
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.
Two Centres | You can combine your 7 night stay in Stresa with a week on Lake Como so you can compare the two lakes.
Resort Code: ITST
Languages spoken: English
Time difference: GMT+1
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Transfer Approx. 1hr 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 - £92 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 from £46, Tuesday, full day
Visit Lakes Como, Lugano and Maggiore
Milan from £46, Friday, full day
Visit the Sforza Castle, the spectacular Galeria and gothic Duomo (cathedral). City guide included. Free time for shopping or La Scala visit
Macugnaga from £34, Saturday, half day (runs mid June to mid Sept)
Mountain village visit and optional cable-car
Ascona and Cannobio from £33, Thursday, half day
Combines Swiss Ascona and lakeside Cannobio
Wine Tour from £35, Sunday, half day
The gentle hills of the wine-growing area near Stresa
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Zermatt and Matterhorn from £78, full day
Island Tour from £24, half day
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Other things to do in and around Stresa
• 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.