Stresa, a delightful little town, on the shore of Lake Maggiore, in front of the Borromeo Islands, is situated in the perfect setting between the water and the hills of Mount Mottarone. Renowned all over the world, it's a very prestigious site for high class tourism and business trips. An authentic jewel with a high standard cultural level.
I highly suggest you to stay in the Regina Palace Hotel, overlooking the banks of Lake Maggiore, in the centre of Stresa and directly facing the Borromean Islands, the hotel represents a fine example of prestige both in the hotel world and historically speaking.
The best thing to do in Stresa is visit by boat the main isles in the area.
Isola Bella it's is the prettiest of the three islands and is a short boat trip away from Stresa. Count Vitaliano Borromeo started building the monumental baroque palace in 1670, visited by thousands of tourists daily. Inestimable works of art are preserved in the Borromeo residence. The terraced gardens, which made Isola Bella famous, are rich in all varieties of rare plants and flowers and are a peerless example of an Italian garden of that time. On the island there are many bars, restaurants and shops selling handcraft products and souvenirs.
Isola Pescatori it's a fascinating fisherman island that owes its name to the activity of its inhabitants. The charm of this island, unchanged over the centuries, is due to the simplicity and rustic innocence of its houses. Excellent restaurants offer the opportunity of tasting some of the best fish dishes.
Isola Madre it's the largest and the most picturesque of the Borromeo Islands. Famous for international marvelous gardens of rare plants and exotic flowers, rich of azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias. The palace is extremely interesting with its period furnishing and collection of uniforms, dolls and porcelains. The exhibition of Teatrini delle Marionette (Puppet theatres) from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries is exceptional, the only existing Palace Theatre which has come down to us intact through the centuries. The marvelous back-cloths are the work of Alessandro Sanquirico (1777-1849), stage-designer at the Teatro alla Scala of Milan, and Carlo Fontana, stage-designer at the Teatro Regio of Turin.