|— Comune —|
|Comune di Stresa|
|Stresa by Lake Maggiore.|
Coat of arms
|Location of Stresa in Italy|
|Coordinates: 45°53′N 8°31′E / 45.883°N 8.517°ECoordinates: 45°53′N 8°31′E / 45.883°N 8.517°E|
|Frazioni||Brisino, Carciano, Levo, Binda, Passera, Someraro, Vedasco, Magognino, Stropino, Alpino, Mottarone, Isola Bella, Isola Pescatori.|
| • Mayor||Canio Di Milia|
| • Total||33 km2 (13 sq mi)|
|Elevation||200 m (700 ft)|
|Population (30 September 2008)|
| • Total||5,155|
| • Density||160/km2 (400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
| • Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Stresa is a town and comune of about 5,000 inhabitants on the shores of the Lago (Lake) Maggiore in the region of Piedmont, northern Italy; it is situated on the road and rail routes to the Simplon pass, about 90 km north-west of Milan. Since the early 20th century, the main source of income has been the tourist trade. Like other locations on Lago Maggiore, it benefits from spectacular views as well as areas of historical and architectural interest.
The Grand Hotel in Stresa.
The name of this town first appeared in documents in AD 998.
In the 15th century it grew into a fishing community and owed feudal allegiance to the Visconti family. It subsequently came under the control of the Borromeo family.
For centuries Stresa has been a popular retreat for Europe's aristocrats, who have endowed the town with a number of villas. Tourism increased substantially after tunneling of the Simplon Pass allowed train services from north of the Alps to pass through Stresa in 1906.
In 1948 American author and journalist, Ernest Hemingway visited the town. He had set part of his 1929 novel Farewell to Arms in the Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees. In 2002 Stresa hosted the 10th International Hemingway Conference.
Stresa has played host to two notable political conferences in the 20th century:
Stresa is also the venue for the "Settimane Musicali"; one of Europe's important classical music international festivals which is held annually in the summer.
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 the Giardino Botanico Alpinia en route.
- Villa Ducale, commissioned by Giacomo Filippo Bolongaro and dating from about 1770. In 1848 the villa passed to the Italian philosopher Antonio Rosmini-Serbati and today it houses the International Centre for Rosminian Studies.
- Villa Dell'Orto, built in 1900. It was commissioned by the painter Liberto Dell'Orto and designed by Boffi.
- The large Villa Pallavicino, between Stresa and Belgirate. It was the inspiration of Ruggero Bonghi in the 1850s and now is the site of a zoological park.