Stresa Italy Lake Maggiore Top 5 things to do

Lake Maggiore Stresa italy

Stresa Italy – Stresa is a gorgeous town on Lake Maggiore. It has beautiful gardens, luxory hotels and a beautiful view on the Borromean Islands.

Stresa can be a good place where you can rest drinking your cocktail and enyoing the lake view but can also be a good place to visit.

Stresa Italy Lake Maggiore

Stresa Lake Maggiore what to visit

In Stresa there are several things you can see and visit. Stresa what to visit:

  1. Walk along the lake to the cable car
  2. Visit the Borromean Islands
  3. Visit the Hermitage of Santa Caterina
  4. Visit the Mottarone (Mottarone Stresa)
  5. Visit the Pallavicino Park

1. Stresa Italy lakefront

In this video I will take you on a beautiful walk along the lakefront of Stresa Lago Maggiore. We start our tour here, where private motorboats stop in high season to take you to visit the Borromean Islands.

Behind us we also have the Stresa pier where you can take the boat to visit the islands and other places on Lake Maggiore such as the Hermitage of Santa Caterina, Verbania and Baveno.

In front of us, we see Isola Bella. Until 1630 Isola Bella was only a rock inhabited by fishermen. Today, it is one of the most beautiful things to visit on Lake Maggiore for the magnificent Borromeo palace and its gardens, which have been included among the most beautiful gardens in the world by sites and specialized magazines.

Just turning our gaze, we also see the mother island. Isola Madre, already owned by the Borromeo family since about 1500, is now worth a visit, especially for its garden. Today, the one on Isola Madre is a unique botanical garden for rare plant essences worldwide that find an excellent home here on Lake Maggiore thanks to the mild and favorable temperatures. Behind the Isola Madre, along the coast, we can see Verbania and, more precisely, Pallanza and Suna’s areas.

Along with this lakefront stretch, we have the beach, the public parks, the private gardens of the hotels, and the bars that overlook the lake. On the left, we have the luxurious hotels for which Stresa is also famous. Here is the indication for Mottarone. From this road, it is in fact possible to reach the top of Mount Mottarone by car. From Mottarone, you have a magnificent view not only on Lake Maggiore but on a total of 7 lakes! From Mottarone, you can, in fact, see the

  1. Lago Maggiore
  2. Lago d’Orta
  3. Lago di Mergozzo
  4. Lago di Varese
  5. Lago di Monate
  6. Lago di Camabbio
  7. Lago Biandronno

We have now reached the end of this walk together. From here, it is, however, possible to continue on foot. In fact, after a stretch of sidewalk that runs along the road, you can get to another walk that runs along the lakefront and ends at the square, where it is possible to take the cable car to the Mottarone. This place is one of the most beautiful places to take a picture or take a selfie due to Isola Bella and Pescatori’s proximity.

2. Borromean Islands Lake Maggiore

The Island we can visit from Stresa are 3.

  1. Isola Bella
  2. Isola Pescatori
  3. Isola Madre

In the following video, you can see a beautiful view of the magnificent Borromean Islands Lake Maggiore. It’s a winter morning and the sun still timidly warms Lake Maggiore. In front of us, we have the Pescatori island, then the Madre island, and again behind the magnificent Verbania. On our right, we cannot forget Isola Bella.

You can see something more about the Stresa Islands in the following video:

Isola Pescatori Stresa

In the following video we do a beautiful walking tour on the Isola Pescatori Stresa.

Text of the video:

Hi everybody, and welcome to a new adventure! Today we are at Lake Maggiore. We explore the Isola Superiore or Isola Pescatori, which means Fishermen’s Island.

The Isola Pescatori can be easily reached by boat from Stresa, Verbania Pallanza and Baveno. To take the boat, you don’t need to buy the ticket in advance or make a reservation. You can also buy the ticket just before boarding.

Access to Isola Pescatori is free. You do not have to pay any entrance fee apart from a small tax from the municipality of Stresa, already included in the amount paid to take the boat.

When is the best period to visit Isola Pescatori? Naturally, the best time is during the spring and summer, but it is also good to come during the winter.

Why come to Isola Pescatori? Because it is very characteristic and beautiful to visit, especially after a good lunch in one of the good restaurants you can find here. Hours spent on this island are always unique.

After lunch, we take some pictures in one of the most instagrammable places on the island. From here you can see very well the beautiful palace of the nearby Isola Bella or Beautiful Island.

Behind the Isola Bella there is Stresa. Now we see the restaurant and hotel Verbano. Then, on the right, we have the Isola Madre with Verbania behind it.

Let’s now go to the opposite side of Pescatori Island to see Isola Madre and Verbania better. In doing so, we will see some of the very characteristic places of the island.

This side of the island with this view is also beautiful. What do you think? If you prefer this view, you can choose to have lunch in one restaurant on this side of the island.

We are walking along the tree-lined avenue that we saw from the boat! In front of us, we see Baveno!

We are now back to our starting point, but there is also a lot to explore. Let’s now pass through the main street of this narrow island and admire the views that this path also gives us.

Ok! It’s time to relax while waiting for the next boat to arrive.

3. Hermitage of Santa Caterina

Stresa Lake Maggiore what to visit Hermitage of Santa Caterina
Hermitage of Santa Caterina

4. Mottarone

There are more reasons why you should visit Mottarone: a beautiful view, good food, a lot of fun and nature. (Mottarone Stresa)

5. Pallavicino Park

A beautiful park especially good for families.

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Mottarone Stresa Lake Maggiore


Stresa is a gorgeous town, but it’s what there is around that makes it more special. That’s why you should go to the top of the mountain called Mottarone, and you can get to the top of this mountain by car.

Why is Mottarone worthy of your visit

There are more reasons why you should visit Mottarone: a beautiful view, good food, a lot of fun and nature.

Mottarone Stresa: a beautiful view

Mottarone is unique! From the top of Mottarone you can have an amazing view of 7 lakes:

  1. Lake Maggiore
  2. Lake Orta
  3. Lake Mergozzo
  4. Lake Varese
  5. Lake Monate
  6. Lake Camabbio
  7. Lake Biandronno

And then you can see the Alps all around you.

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Mottarone Stresa: good food

In this area there are many restaurants and you can have very good italian fresh food.

They are abundant and filling. Prevalently they have dishes of meat and main courses typically from the mountains.

Mottarone Stresa: a lot of fun

On the top of this montain there is Alpyland. Alpyland is a rollercoaster and you can have a lot of fun and an amazing view in the meantime. For more information read the article: Alpyland Mottarone rollercoaster

Mottarone Stresa: nature

If you’d like to walk there are many footpaths in this area. Furthermore you may meet special residents of this montain: donkeys.

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