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Since the middle of the last century, Stresa has been an internationally renowned tourist resort, in the middle of Lake Maggiore, in a panoramic and pictoresque setting, facing the Borromeo islands. Visit the 1786 parish church, designed by G. Zanola and the many splendid villas, among which, Villa Pallavicino, with its park zoo, Villa Bolongaro, now called Villa Ducale (1770), where philosopher Antonio Rosmini died in 1855, now houses the International centre of Rosmini studies.
On the lake-side and facing, the Isola Bella, the most famous among the Borromeo Islands, with its palazzo (1632), rich in Baroque works of art, which was the venue of the Stresa Conference (11th-12th April 1935), and its luxurious and magnificent gardens. Visit the naturally beautiful and pictoresque Isola dei Pescatori, with St. Vittare parish church (1627). Excursions to the panoramic inland villages.
Cableway to Mount Mottarone (m 1495 a.s.l.). Sunbathing, water sports, tennis courts, Palazzo dei Congressi, venue for international congresses and conference and, in September, the Settimane Musicali (Musical Weeks). Lake Maggiore boat service..
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