Stresa is a small town and a commune located on the shores of Lake Maggiore in the Piedmont Region of Italy. It has historically attracted huge tourists’ numbers, but its regular population is about 5,000 people. The scenic views of Lake Maggiore and the ancient Italian architecture are bound to make anybody smitten. For those who intend to include Stresa within their Italian tour itinerary, here are a few cool facts about the town.
1. The first mention of the Village of Stresa in the Italian books is as early as 998 AD. Yea, the town is that ancient and for centuries, it has been a retreat of choice for the aristocrats and moneyed European with only Lake Como come in close contention.
2. The visitors to the village need to rest assured that the town is no longer a preserve of the rich and famous. With just a budget of $150, you can spend a night in the village and enjoy the best Italian cuisines.
Stresa has a host of attractions that keep drawing tourists within its borders. Some of these attractions include; Isola Bella, Santa Caterina del Sasso, Mottarone mountain, Giardini Botanici Villa Taranto among many others.
4. Getting Around
To get around the commune of Stresa, you will use the ferry service, a boat or cable car. Note that the cable car is used when one visits Mount Mottarone. The boats are used when one is venturing into Borromean Islands.
'Settimane Musicali', one of Europe's important classical music international festivals is held in Stresa annually in the summer. Trust me; you have never heard Mozart or even Beethoven if you are yet to attend this festival.
Stresa is one of the best places in Europe to relax and unwind. It is in the league of St. Moritz in Switzerland and Innsbruck in Austria in terms of tourist amenities. Make sure you visit this idyllic town during you Italian tour and you will view holiday making in a new light. The town’s classy services will enhance your tastes and its gourmet food will make you relook your eating habits.