Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes: Places to Explore


Stresa and the Isole Borromee

One of the better-known resorts on the western shore, Stresa is a tourist town that provided one of the settings for Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms. It's capitalized on its central lakeside position, though the luxurious elegance that distinguished its heyday has faded; the grand hotels are still grand, but traffic now encroaches on their parks and gardens. The best way to escape to yesteryear is to head for the Isole Borromee (Borromean Islands) in Lake Maggiore.

Stresa and the Isole Borromee at a Glance