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Comune di Stresa
Stresa and Lake Maggiore
Stresa and Lake Maggiore
Coat of arms of Stresa
Location of Stresa
Stresa is located in Italy
Location of Stresa in Italy
Stresa is located in Piedmont
Stresa (Piedmont)
Coordinates: 45°53′01″N 08°32′22″E / 45.88361°N 8.53944°E / 45.88361; 8.53944Coordinates: 45°53′01″N 08°32′22″E / 45.88361°N 8.53944°E / 45.88361; 8.53944
ProvinceVerbano-Cusio-Ossola (VB)
FrazioniBrisino, Campino, Carciano, Levo, Binda, Passera, San Giovanni, Someraro, Vedasco, Magognino, Stropino, Alpino, Motta del Santo, Mottarone, Isola Bella, Isola Pescatori, La Sacca
 • MayorMarcella Severino
 • Total35.36 km2 (13.65 sq mi)
200 m (700 ft)
 (1 January 2021)[2]
 • Total4,600
 • Density130/km2 (340/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0323
Patron saintAmbrose
Saint day7 December
WebsiteOfficial website

Stresa is a town and comune of about 4,600 residents 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. It is situated on road and rail routes to the Simplon Pass.


The Grand Hotel in Stresa

The name of the town first appeared in documents on January 15, AD 998 as "STRIXSYA". Later "STREXIA", "STREXA", and "STRESIA" were also used..[3]

In the 15th century, it grew into a fishing community and owed feudal allegiance to the House of Visconti of Milan.[citation needed] It subsequently came under the control of the Borromeo family. 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.[citation needed] In 2002, Stresa hosted the 10th International Hemingway Conference.

Stresa has played host to a number of political conferences in the 20th century, including in:

Stresa is also the venue for the "Settimane Musicali"; an international classical music festival which is held annually in the summer.

The cable car to Monte Mottarone


Regular boat services from the town's two docks provide access to the nearby Borromean Islands. Until its May 2021 crash,[4][5] the Stresa-Alpino-Mottarone Cable Car offered a 20-minute ride to the summit of Monte Mottarone, with the Giardino Botanico Alpinia en route. Eurocity services connect to Milano, Berne and Geneva.

Main sights[edit]

Villa Pallavicino
A panorama of Lake Maggiore from Stresa pier

Famous buildings of Stresa in movies[edit]

(Information from the Dizionario del Turismo Cinematografico)

Stresa in fiction[edit]

  • Good Blood by Aaron Elkins (2004), Berkley Prime Crime, ISBN 0-425-19411-6


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ Dizionario di toponomastica. Torino. UTET. 1990. p. 753.
  4. ^ "Incidente alla funivia Stresa-Mottarone, caduta una cabina: sono salite a 13 le vittime". La Stampa. 23 May 2021. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  5. ^ Le Monde Retrieved 23 May 2021. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)

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