The Villas of Stresa
How to get
By train: Stresa railway station.
The district of Stresa, one of the most prestigious holiday resorts in Italy, has a wealth of opulent mansion houses. The roads winding from the lake shore up the slopes of Monte Mottarone are lined with luxuriant gardens and superb houses with loggias, balconies, porticoes, galleries, flights of steps, terraces and belvedere turrets.
Villa Pallavicino: the estate covers an area of around 20 hectares, with flower-lined avenues, venerable trees and a marvellous botanic garden. Villa Pallavicino is a real natural oasis: sweeping lawns, shady avenues and open spaces planted with roses, oleanders, magnolias, daffodils, azaleas and rhododendrons blend perfectly with the majestic, mature trees of the wooded areas. The zoo is the major visitor attraction; over 40 species of exotic animals, including llamas, kangaroos, zebras, ferrets, beavers, hares and horses, and birds, including flamingos, parrots, pelicans, peacocks, owls and toucans, live uncaged in the park’s ample natural environments.
Villa Aminta: Villa and Palazzo Aminta is an exclusive luxury holiday complex overlooking the Borromean Gulf. Refresh your mind and body with strolls through the flower-filled gardens, romantic candlelit dinners in the sophisticated Mori restaurant, and a health treatment in the new spa.
Villa La Palazzola: This mansion, built by Count Flaviano Avogadro Casanova, originally stood on an immense estate extending as far as the main Simplon road and the river Roddo. The first stone of the building to be laid was blessed by Rosmini in June 1844. The last heir to the villa, Adolfo Pini, gifted it to the town of Stresa on the understanding that it would become a Foundation to promote art and culture.
Some of the many other villas adding their prestige to Stresa are Villa Amalia Bernocchi, Villa Daisy Capucci Labadini, Villa Dora, Villa Excelsior, Villa Galimberti Bernocchi, Villa Teresita, Villa Vignolo and Villa Zinelli.