Stresa on Lake Maggiore: Where to Stay, Eat and Shop

Spending a few days on lovely lakeside Stresa? We've got the best hotels, restaurants and places to shop in this Lake Maggiore gem.

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De-Stressing in Stresa on Lake Maggiore

I came to Stresa to de-stress. I needed a real vacation, one without obligatory "Top 10" cultural sights. I craved scenery, the views of the lake and mountains. I wanted time to just savor being in a gorgeous Italian town.

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Great Local Tour Guides in the Cinque Terre, Liguria, the Lakes, Milan and Lombardy

Whether you want to see the stunning Cinque Terre by boat with a local captain or by land, hiking with a local expert, we've got the guides for you. Ready to experience the magic of the Lakes and Lombardy? We reveal fabulous locals to show you around.

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Eat Like a Local on Lake Como: No Frills Fish Restaurant in Torno

This casual, no-frills family-run restaurant is popular with the local Lake Como crowd. The restaurant offers great and reliable service as well as panoramic views. Fresh local fish is served on a regular basis.

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Varenna on Lake Como: Two Places to Stay + A Must for Gelato

Varenna is much smaller and sleepier than neighboring Bellagio, but no less charming. Here there is far less window shopping to do, but rather people watching from one of the local benches.

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Visit Villa Carlotta in Cadenabbia on Central Lake Como

Villa Carlotta, featuring an historic home and beautiful botanical garden, is worth a visit when exploring the middle of Lake Como. Read on to find out how you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the villa and its surroundings.

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Locanda dell’Isola Comacina: Historic Island Restaurant on Lake Como

This restaurant on its own island in the middle of Lake Como has been a hit since the 1940s. George Clooney loves it and so will you. Read on to find out how and where you can enjoy the culinary delights at this local favorite.

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Bellagio: Lake Como’s Perfectly Groomed Village

Inhabited since prehistoric times, Bellago on Lake Como today is perfectly groomed with potted flowers galore, small winding streets and old world charm. Restaurants and cafès line the lakeside promenade, and luxury shops beckon.

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One Woman’s Truly Dolce Vita — Villa d’Este’s Jean Salvadore

Meet Jean Salvadore -- an Italian woman who has lead a most evenful life -- from a volunteer to help American troops in Rome in World War II to international ambassador for one of the world's most exclusive hotels, Villa d'Este on Lake Como.

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An Adrenaline Rush on Lake Como

Don't miss our expert tips on biking to a chapel devoted to cyclists, skipping stones on the lake, boating to a delicious restaurant and hiking in the hills above--all in Lake Como Bellagio.

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