While on Your Cruisetour
You will enjoy a half-day excursion by boat to Borromean Isands, including a tour of the gardens and Palazzo. Following the tour you will have time to explore the town at leisure and immerse yourself in the authentic ancient Italian atmosphere.
One Thing You Don't Want to Miss
Piazza Marconi: With its landing-stage and the Church of Saint Ambrogio that was restored in the Neo-Classical style by G. Zanoia in 1790, it makes for beautiful seaside strolling. Narrow paths around the palazzo lead to the inner courtyards, and to the Giardino d'Amore, famous for being the setting of romantic encounters between Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte in 1797. The gardens themselves are interesting, with numerous botanical species, from jasmine to orange and pomegranate, as well as orchids, rhododendron, azaleas and camellias.
Get a Taste of Local Flavor
Northern Italian cuisine is characterized by less use of olive oil, pasta and tomato sauce and more use of butter, rice, corn (for polenta) and cheeses for cream sauces. Northern Italians are proud of their unspoiled countryside, and main courses often include some sort of game or wild fowl such as rabbit, quail or grouse. Seafood and shellfish are very popular on the coasts and rivers and streams provide carp and trout. If it grows well in the area, it will usually end up in the kitchen.
The Euro (EUR), the currency of the European Union, is the official currency of Italy. Many stores and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. When shopping, remember there is a Value-Added Tax added to most purchases.
Weather in Stresa, Italy
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