Passion for Italy: Magical Stresa, Borromean Islands
I love travelling. Who doesn`t?
Travelling doesn`t need to mean going on long trips or vacation. We try to travel almost every month for 2-3 days. Such a short getaways have their special charm. You change your environment, forget the routine and come back home with a completely new energy. Long weekends out of the city do not require long preparations and packing.
Stresa romantic town located by Lago Maggiore
For a long weekend in May we spontaneously decided to go to Stresa. This little town is located on the shores of Lake Maggiore in Piedmont region of northern Italy. It was really good decision and I highly recommend going there. We went by train as Stresa is about 3 hours train rain from Zurich.
Our little journey started at Piazza Cadorna: the heart of the town. It is a public square surrounded by magical cafés, cozy restaurants and local souvenir-shops. Italian espresso is fabulous – for me real taste of Italy!
Each time I visit Italy I buy there some local products. This time I bought a kitchen apron (with my name on it – sew by the local needlewoman), soaps for my girlfriends and myself, a can of basil-infused olive oil, dry tomatoes, truffle paste, cheese and set of Limoncellos and Meloncellos.
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Next must-see in Stresa is the 2 km long promenade along the lake shore with a spectacular view on the lake and mountains. Enjoy your walk surrounded by beautiful parks or sit down in one of many outdoor cafés by the lake.
My Latte Macchiato was perfection! By the promenade you will find two boat-docs. Boat will bring you to our next attraction…
Isola Bella the prettiest of the Borromean Islands
The Borromean Islands are a group of three small islands on Lago Maggiore: Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Isola Pescatori. We were lucky to visit two islands: Isola Bella ad Pescatori.
Isola Pescatori offers nice restaurants with lakeside terraces, plenty of romantic cafés and shops. We stayed there for a delicious lunch, another espresso and had the moment of real “Dolce vita”.
Our next stop was the Isola Bella island.
This stunning island named by Carlo III Borromeo (aristocratic merchant) for his wife, Isabella. Isola Bella welcomes you with a palace (with a nice museum inside), botanical park and gardens around. The Instagrammable attractions of the garden are definitely the white peacocks. Aaren’t they cute?
The food we ate during our stay in Stresa and on Borromean Islands deserves a separate post 🙂 so stay tuned!