Stresa is a town on the shores of Lake Maggiore in the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, about 90 kilometres (56 mi) northwest of Milan. Like other places on Lake Maggiore, it benefits from spectacular views as well as areas of historical and architectural interest.
Since the second half of the nineteenth century up to the first decades of the twentieth, when the first English touritsts arrived, Stresa, whose hotels and villas built in Liberty style make it unique, assumed its peculiar, elegant look. Nowadays it is a renowned holiday resosrt as well as an important seat of cultural manifestations, meetings and international congresses also thanks to its well-developed hotel system.
Regular boat services from the town's two docks provide access to the nearby Borromean Islands and a 20-minute cable car ride leads to the summit of Monte Mottarone, with theGiardino Botanico Alpinia en route.