Trips and Itineraries for Stresa
Best of the Italian Lakes: Part II
Lakes on Swiss-Italian Border
Weekend Getaways from Stresa
89 Kms from Stresa
When I was flying to Milan I had to literally pinch myself to believe, that I am going to a foreign land all by myself and living my dream.It was around 11.30 pm when I landed in Milan and divulged myself with some serious pep up talks because I felt a tad bit lost.Amidst all the battles in my head, I saw a young woman walking towards the train station and befriended her. To my surprise, she was warm and very helpful. She expressed, “I will come with you till the hostel and grab a drink. I am very upset coz my best friend has moved to another city.” And that’s how her melancholy saved me the despair of finding my way.The walk towards the hostel was fascinating as all I saw around me were stores thriving to get my attention and at the end of the long stretch was the hostel — Ostello Bello.The moment I set my foot in the hostel, it seemed like I have entered a high-octane resto-pub. The place played electrifying music and I could hear tons of chitter-patter with copious amount of laughter coming from every corner.Amidst all the initial formalities of checking-in, my eyes were searching for my friend (Sigh! Struggling to remember her name). That’s when Helder (from the front desk) said, “Hey! Your friend just went and left you a kiss,” and I couldn’t do much but smile and thank her from all my heart. The ‘happy’ me chit chatted for a while with everyone before calling it a night.
Located near the center of the lake, Stresa offers easy access to the Borromean Islands, a group of three small islands and two islets located in the western arm of the lake. We chartered a ferry to the two major islands: Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella. Isola dei Pescator with its fishing village is the only inhabited island in the archipelago. It boast numerous shops and restaurants and is quite "busy"! If scenery is what you're looking for, Isola Bella offers postcard snapshots of its 17th century palazzo and beautiful gardens. However, if privacy is your goal, then the tiny uninhabited rock of Malghera (dubbed "Lover's Island"), with an area of only 200 square meters, lies between Isola Bella and Isola dei Pescatori and offers bushy vegetation and a small private beach.