Stresa, Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Piedmont, Italy

The town consists of 10 boroughs from south to north along the western lakefront of Lake Maggiore, the Mottarone mountain and the Borromean Isles, including Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori or Superiore and Isola Madre. It is a fascinating architectural jewel, with its beautiful villas and liberty-style palaces surrounded by parks and gardens.


Altitude: 200 m a.s.l -- Surface area: 33,23 sq km -- Population: ca. 5000 inhabitants -- Population density: 153 inhabitants per sq km -- Zip/postal code: 28838 -- Phone Area Code: 0323 -- Patron Saint: Sant'Ambrogio -- Frazioni & Località: Alpino, Binda, Brisino, Carciano, Isola Bella, Isola Pescatori, Levo, Magognino, Mottarone, Passera, Someraro, Stropino, Vedasco. -- GPS Coordinates: 45°53'N, 8°31'E -- Useful Links: official website of the Comune of Stresa


Stresa appears in documents before the year 1000 with the name of Strixia, meaning strip of land, and was a fishing borough until the 15th century, when it became a holiday residence of the Visconti and later the Borromeo family. For its mild climate and the beautiful location, it was included in the "Grand Tour" of the European upper classes from about 1660 until the 1840s, and was a celebrated tourist destination in the travel books of famous visitors, as Lord Byron, Charles Dickens, Stendhal and background of some chapters of Ernest Hemingway's Farewell to Arms.

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Province of Verbano Cusio Ossola
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