The Pearl of Lake Maggiore
Stresa is the main tourism hub on Lake Maggiore, located on the western coast of the Borromean Gulf. The town centre is bustling with bars and restaurants and the lakefront promenade is lined with luxury hotels, a beach and a chilometre-long garden.
Stresa's most visited sights are without a doubt the three Borromean Islands; Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Isola Pescatori. The different characteristics of each island and the incomparable setting makes them completely unique and a must-see for any visitor to Stresa and Lake Maggiore.
Mount Mottarone (1.492 m), the mountain of 7 lakes, rises between Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta, giving it breathtaking 365° views. The peak can be reached by car from Stresa in 40 minutes. The mountain is a paradise, both for skiers in winter and for bikers and hikers the rest of the year. At the top you can find various restaurant options as well as an exhilarating bobsleigh.
The Villa Pallavicino, the historic residence of the Pallavicino family, is surrounded by vast grounds which have been transformed into a zoo, open to the public since 1956. The zoo hosts numerous species such as deer, llamas, alpacas, zebras and kangaroos as well as exotic birds like flamingos and parrots. Other than the fauna the park is also a botanical fairytale with its century-old chestnut trees, sequoias, ginko biloba, larches and magnolias, camelia bushes and countless flower blossoms.