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Known around the world as the “Pearl of the Borromean Gulf”, Stresa is an attractive destination for both Italian and international tourists. The love of nature combined with a passion for art, music and culture; a unique union that, year after year, draws the attention of tourists of all ages and origins. Positioned like a terrace on Lake Maggiore, Stresa watches over its three magnificent Borromean Islands.

Mount Mottarone

From the Lido di Carciano in Stresa, after a short but scenic cable car ride, you reach the top of Mount Mottarone from where you can enjoy a breathtaking panorama that stretches from the Alps and the Monte Rosa massif to the seven surrounding lakes Maggiore, Orta, Mergozzo, Varese, Biandronno, Monate and Comabbio.

Lake Maggiore

The Lake Maggiore area boasts a unique range of activities, capable of combining sports, culture, art and entertainment. Along the lake shoresthere are many fascinating towns, starting from Arona, Belgirate, Lesa and Meina, on the southern shore of the lake, only a few kilometres from Stresa. When you arrive in Arona, the “capital” of the territorial domains of the Borromeo family, you will be struck by the grandiosity of “San Carlone”, the imposing statue rising over 23 metres portraying the Cardinal San Carlo Borromeo, patron saint of the city.

Lake Orta

Lake Orta, among the most romantic in Italy, is lined with characteristic towns and hamlets, each with a unique atmosphere. The town of Orta San Giulio, listed as one of the most beautiful in Italy, rises on the shore of the lake with the same name. In front, you can admire the picturesque Isola San Giulio, dominated by the monastery Mater Ecclesiae and the Cathedral of San Giulio, the most important Romanesque monument in the Novara province.

Borromeo Islands


The residence of the Borromeo family offers the visitors an elegant and sumptuous environment that conserves priceless works of art: tapestries, furniture, sculptures, paintings and stuccoes, as well as the peculiar mosaic grottoes, used to keep cool on hot summer days. When you exit the palace, you enter the garden for a pleasant walk among exotic plants and citrus trees.
Isola Superiore dei Pescatori, is without a doubt the most characteristic of the islands of Lake Maggiore. Its particular fish shape and the narrow alleys that create the classic “fishbone” appearance, make the island unique.

Villa Pallavicino

It is impossible to miss a visit to the splendid Villa Pallavicino in Stresa that, with its zoologic park, is home to curious and rare animal species! From the lakefront, a small train takes you on a pleasant ride around the old town before reaching the Villa Pallavicino.