The serene and scenic town of Stresa enjoy a luscious location upon Italy’s second largest lake, a warm watered expanse of Mediterranean majesty. Opulent villas, fabulous flora and idyllic islands decorate the periphery, creating an appealing aesthetic of provincial perfection. Fruit trees thrive in the warm climate, yielding lemons, olives and bay leaves which are used in the rustic and regionally inspired dishes of the town’s taverns. Bask in the midday sun in a cosmopolitan cocktail bar or quaint café, sipping crisp Italian wines and nibbling on traditional antipasti to truly enjoy this dreamlike destination.
Upon a rocky islet in the centre of the luscious lake resides an extravagant villa that was commissioned by regal royalty; the Isoloa Bella is a monumentally majestic palace surrounded by blooming and beautiful gardens. A beautifully baroque façade surrenders into sumptuous rooms filled with paintings and richly upholstered furniture, creating a truly ostentatious and opulent experience.
Enjoy an alternative cultural experience at one of Italy’s most unique museums; the Umbrella Museum, in the nearby village of Gignese, presents a captivating collection of umbrellas and parasols accompanied by informative panels. From a birds eye view, the building is revealed as having the shaped of 3 opened out umbrellas, and the ground floor exhibits over 150 examples of this excellent invention.
Vicoletto is a restaurant that seamlessly combines the classic and the contemporary; an elegant and modern interior compliments the regionally inspired and perfectly presented dishes that make up the menu. Dine on the pleasant patio with a glass of chilled wine to enjoy imitable Italian flavour and flair created using fine and locally sourced ingredients.(Vicolo del Poncivo, 3, 28838 Stresa VB, Italy)