Today you are free to relax in Stresa, taking the opportunity to
enjoy this fantastic Italian resort. Enjoy a walk along the
attractive, flower-filled promenade, lined with impressive villas
and neatly terraced gardens, or take a boat to the colourful
botanical gardens of Villa Taranto and the Sanctuary of Santa
Caterina del Sasso, nestled in a rocky overhang on the lake.
Alternatively, perhaps travel by cable car from Stresa up Mount
Mottarone - the journey offers an amazing panorama, and on a clear
day, your views from the snow-dusted peak include seven lakes as
well as the Italian and Swiss Alps. You could cruise across the
lake to visit the beautiful Borromean Islands. Isola dei Pescatori
is a permanently inhabited island of narrow cobbled alleyways and
pretty buildings. It boasts a fine selection of restaurants in
which to enjoy lunch, with many menus loyal to the island's rich
fishing heritage. Isola Bella is home to the sumptuous Borromeo
Palace, a magnificent Baroque structure which dominates the island.
You can take a tour of the lavish rooms and alluring Italian-style
gardens. For those feeling less energetic, you can make use of the
excellent facilities at the hotel for a thoroughly relaxing day.
Enjoy a leisurely swim in the inviting pool, eat lunch in the
garden, or simply bask in the sun.