STRESA. The Best Place to go in ITALY. (Lake District)
We spend an afternoon exploring the islands of Stresa! Situated in Northern Italy, Stresa is on Lake Maggiore and surrounded by the Alps! Stresa has a few different islands and we visited two of them.
We started on Isola dei Pescatori (Fisherman’s Island) where we had a pizza lunch and then explore the small streets. We also flew our drone to get some great overhead footage of the island.
We then made our way over to Isola Bella to spend some time in the palace and the amazing gardens, which are supposed to be one of the best examples of Italian gardens in all of Italy. While there we encountered white peacocks for the first time.
More information about the island, palace and gardens can be found here:
Internationally recognised as the jewel of Lake Maggiore, Stresa is one of the most exclusive tourist destinations on Lake Maggiore.In addition to millions of tourists, the Borromean Islands also enchanted Stendhal, Liszt, and Mendelssohn. Dumas recalled them in “The Count of Montecristo”, Turner and Corot represented them in oil paintings and watercolours, D’Annunzio even tried to rent one. Just across from the town of Stresa (in Italy), the archipelago is easily accessible in just few hours by ferryboat from Locarno or Ascona. It consists of three islands: Isola Bella with its grandiose mansion and terraced gardens, Isola Madre with its luxurious English park, and Isola dei Pescatori, a picturesque fishing village boasting an ancient atmosphere.
Isola dei Pescatori (Fisherman’s Island): It is the smallest and quaintest of the three islands, and the only one with permanent residents. The restaurants on the island offer menus based on the typical cuisine of the lake.
Isola Bella (Beatiful Island): dominated by its magnificent Baroque palazzo, which is accompanied by a luxuriant Italian-style garden laid out over ten terraces, 37 meters high. The garden displays exotic plants of great rarity and many strikingly lovely flowers, alongside statues, fountains and the Unicorn, depicted in the coat-of-arms of the aristocratic Borromeo family. There are also beautiful white peacocks, free to roam the gardens, which with their regal bearing contribute to giving Isola Bella the flavour of past times.
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Locarno / Madonna del Sasso / Lago Maggiore / Drone: Top Places to Visit / DJI Phantom 4 / DJI Osmo
Locarno is a small city in Switzerland, located on the northern shores of Lago Maggiore (or Lake Maggiore). It lies in the Italian speaking Canton of Ticino. It won't wrong to say that Locarno is a little Italy in Switzerland - a Swiss city with Italian ambience. Often known for sunny and relatively warmer climate, it is very close to the foot of the Alps. Palm and lemon trees line the city's beautiful promenade. The promenade or the lake-front just adds to its mediterranean look.
The city has a charming Old Town with lot of history. The castle of Visconteo, which is at the edge of the Old Town, is one of the masterpieces designed by non other than renaissance genius - Leonardo da Vinci. Castle of Visconteo gives Switzerland its own da Vinci relic.
Not so far from the city center is the holy mountain of Madonna del Sasso. It is considered as one of the most popular pilgrimages in the region. Popular folklore says that Virgin Mary appeared on this site in 15th Century. Walking up to the hill spot is considered auspicious, although the monastery can as well be reached by a classical funicular train.
Plan a weekend trip to Locarno, it offers something to every visitor. Definitely it is one of the must see places in Switzerland. Enjoy!
10 Best Places to Visit in Italy 2019 - Travel Video
Located in Southern Europe, this boot-shaped country is one of the world’s most popular travel destinations for a number of reasons that include art treasures, trendy fashion, stunning landscapes, passionate people and top-class cuisine. Italy offers so much to see and do that it would take a lifetime to explore.
Locarno and Ascona in the Ticino, Switzerland
We're visiting the town of Locarno, a very pretty little resort town along the shores of Lake Maggiore in southern Switzerland.
The old town has got an extensive arcade – lots of restaurants and ice cream shops, cafés and little stores to poke around in.
You can have some pizza, pasta, choose from a variety of delicious gelato flavors.
The food's Italian, they speak Italian and yet, yes we're in Switzerland.
The market sells all kinds of products, especially the local handmade crafted items. There is fabrics and products in wool, ceramics and wooden objects. You can find some wonderful local foods at the market like fresh cheese, eggs, fruits and vegetables, and some of the vendors sell this secondhand merchandise like old CDs and books, and even music tapes and clothing can be found here. It's all very down to earth, very local. These are casual part-time vendors just selling their stuff.
We notice the paving and the piazza was smooth water-worn stones in various colors, really quite beautiful.
Locarno's old town goes for about six blocks by four blocks so it's not really huge, but it's big enough to enjoy a nice stroll and have a poke around in the art galleries and look in some of the antique stores.
Quite a few modern shop-fronts along with the mix.
And we're going to take a little trip over to the nearby village Ascona. Here too, you can go by boat from Locarno, or you can just take the city bus. It only takes about twelve minutes on the city bus to get over here to Ascona.
Like Locarno, this town has an Italian feeling to it even though we're still in Switzerland.
There really is something very special about this kind of waterfront where you don't have any cars. You've got the lakeside and you've got beautiful buildings with the restaurants and a broad area for pedestrian promenade, and trees and gardens. It seems so classic and typical of your imagination of the ideal waterfront village, but in reality you just don't run into it all that often. There is normally a road and cars or something in the way of it. Here it's all laid out in a perfect setting.
You can see how popular boating is here for fishing and pleasure craft and just cruising. For the visitor it's all part of the picturesque scenery.
We'll also take a bus ride and hike in the nearby valleys.
TOP 10 MUST VISIT PLACES IN ITALY FOR NATURE LOVERS
TOP 10 MUST VISIT PLACES IN ITALY FOR NATURE LOVERS
Whenever somebody talks about Italy, it’s always about Rome, Milan, Cinque Terre, Florence… The list can go on and on and it’s mostly cities included. However, Italy is a country that can fascinate its tourists with its natural landscape, just as much as with its vibrant city life.
A huge number of lakes, mountains, woodlands and beaches is something you can see all throughout Italy. But, no matter in which region you are, you will find a natural wonder that will charm you completely! We’ve picked our ten favorite – which one you would put on your bucket list?
1. Val di Mello
Val di Mello is the largest natural reserve located in Northern Italy’s region of Lombardy, near the border with Switzerland. The whole place is consisting of three groups of valleys – Val di Mello, Val Masino and Valle dei Bagni. The whole place is known for its amazing mountain sports conditions, especially climbing and hiking. Val di Mello got really famous within the past decade, when the Melloblocco bouldering festival started to take place here every May.
2. Val d’Orcia
Val d’Orcia, or also known as Valdorcia, is a place in the well – known Italian region of Tuscany. Green hills surround the picturesque towns and villages in the region, which is known for the high – quality wine production. From 2004, Val d’Orcia is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its breathtaking agricultural landscape and place in Italian’s art history.
3. Marmore Falls
The Marmore’s falls, or as they’re called Cascata delle Marmore in Italian, are a man – made waterfalls near Terni, the capital of the region of Umbria. The waterfalls are created 2.000 years ago by the ancient Romans and their source is the river Velino. Besides enjoying the view of the Marmore waterfalls, you can explore the area and enjoy the gorgeous nature surrounding you!
4. Monti Sibillini
Monti Sibillini is a national park located in the regions of Umbria and Marche. It was established in 1993 and ever since it represents one of the most beautiful parks in whole Italy. Monti Sibillini represent a mountain chain with wonderful green valleys and plenty of flowers during spring and summer.
5. Lago di Scanno
Lago di Scanno, or lake Scanno in English, is a wonderful lake located in the province of L’Aquila in the region of Abruzzo, Southern Italy. It is also the largest lake in the region with amazing emerald – colored crystal water. Right above the lake is the small town of Scanno, which is a charming place with cobble streets and medieval architecture.
6. Gran Paradiso National Park
This national park got its name after the same called mountain – Gran Paradiso, located in the Graian Alps, between the regions of Piedmont and Aosta Valley. It is also the oldest national park in Italy and it used to be a hunting ground for the King Vittorio Emmanuel II. There are mesmerizing woodlands and alpine grassland that will take your breath away, so make sure to include the Gran Paradiso national park on your bucket list.
7. Lake Maggiore
Here’s another lake on the list and this time it is one of the three big prealpine lakes – Lago di Maggiore. It is the second biggest Italian lake and it is located between the regions of Lombardy and Piedmont, as well the Swiss canton of Ticino. The lake, as well as the towns along its coastline are known for their flower gardens, where you can find rare and exotic plants. The climate is mild all year round, which makes this place so dreamy.
8. Val di Funes
The Dolomites are a complete must visit for every tourist, no matter what! We’re talking about a mountain range located in northeastern Italy that since 2009 it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can find small towns and villages in the mountains that will charm you absolutely with their alpine grasslands all around and the tall Dolomites in the background.
9. Giardini di Ninfa
Giardini di Ninfa or Gardens of Ninfa in English, are a lanscape garden in central Italy that will make you feel as if you stepped into a fairy tale – you will know right away why the New York Times declared these gardens as one of the most romantic in the world. They are built on the ruins of the medieval town of Ninfa and are declared as natural monument by the region of Lazio.
10. Costa degli Dei
The southern Tyrrhenian coast has the name Costa degli Dei or Coast of the Gods. The reason why this coastline has such name is simple – there are bays, capes, white sand beaches and crystal clear blue water of the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is really impressive, just take a look at the sunset! The Coast of the Gods is located in the province of Calabria in Southwestern Italy.
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Stresa, Lake Maggiore, Travel In Northern Italy
Stresa, on Lake Maggiore, is one of the most popular Lake District resorts in northern Italy. With a beautiful lakeside environment, it is the liveliest of the Lake Maggiore towns.
Several lovely Pallazi adorn the town. A colorful old town district is fun to explore, and boats of all sorts take visitors on excursions.
The Borromean Islands are the most famous sight. Please see our Borromean Islands video for more.
LOCARNO, Lago Maggiore - Switzerland
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Travel Belles' Day Trip: The Lake Maggiore Express
September 2011, The Travel Belles visited Italy's Piedmont. One day we went on the Lake Maggiore Express, leaving by narrow gauge train in Domodossola, Italy, to Locarno, Switzerland, with a stop in San Maria Maggiore. After spending the afternoon in Locarno, we then took a boat down the length of Lake Maggiore to Stresa. Great day trip for anyone in the area - highly recommended! - You can read about it on The Travel Belles here:
Ascona - Ticino - Switzerland : Video Travel Guide
Ascona: the pearl of Ticino Switzerland on the Lake Maggiore.
Today it is an exclusive tourist destination, a lakeside paradise; its extraordinary history is however filled with art and culture.
As soon as you catch a glimpse of the Ascona lakefront, the fishing landscape and the colorful lakeside houses, which imbue the scenery with a Mediterranean character, will impress you. It is the ideal location for relaxation, taking walks and enjoying the splendid sunset on the lake.
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