Stresa stretches about 2 km along the shore of Lake Maggiore. The main town is on the eastern edge. The lido, funicular, shuttle ferry to the Borromean islands and a collection of hotels are on the western end. A lakefront promenade connects both ends. Two majestic hotels, Grand Hotel Bristol and Grand Hotel Borromean are located in between. Ernest Hemingway visited Stresa several times during his lifetime which he referred to as his "home from home". He convalesced here from wounds suffered in WWI at the Grand Hotel Borromean. His room there is today the Hemingway Suite Local lore maintains his war experiences and views of Lake Maggiore were inspirations for his novel A Farewell To Arms.
Milan's Malpensa airport is only about 35 km from Stresa. For not much more than the cost of two train tickets, a pre-booked taxi service will pick you up and take you directly to your hotel in Stresa. Otherwise, the train service Malpensa Express goes to Milan Centrale station and then transfer to a local train to Stresa.
There are regular direct train services from Milan Centrale Station taking around 1 hour.
There is a boat service from Locarno in Switzerland that goes to Stresa.
Stresa is a small enough town that walking is preferable. Bicycles can be rented and the roads are developed if you have your own car. There is also a pier for ferries and boats.
The Borromean Islands (It. Isole Borromee) are a group of three small islands, Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Isla dei Pescatori and two islets in the Italian part of Lago Maggiore, located in the western arm of the lake.
There is a Carrefour supermarket in Stresa.
Ice cream bars