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The famous town of Stresa (Italy, 5000 inhabitants, 200 m above sea level) enjoys a splendid location on Lake Maggiore in the Gulf of Borromeo, where it overlooks the eponymous islands, the main attraction in the region. Its beautiful countryside, architectural gems and mild climate combine to make Stresa one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy. The Borromean Islands, with their stunning palaces and ornamental gardens, are an unmissable destination for aesthetes. Luxury villas and opulent Art Nouveau hotels line the elegant lakeside, which is ideal for a tranquil stroll. Since the late 19th century Stresa has been renowned for its sophisticated atmosphere and genteel visitors, and today still enjoys an impressive roster of cultural, musical and meeting events.

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Where to Nosh…
(Suggestions from an A&B Client): Go to Gigi Bar for a cappuccino and the famous apple tart. Then go to Rampolina delle Streghe for a traditional meal (dinner) with a magnificent view from the hills surrounding Stresa/ Tel#: 0323 923415; A: Via Per Someraro Campino 13, 28838. Have the risotto with pear, gorgonzola and walnuts and also their pickled veggies are great.