Albergo Verbano

Via Ugo Ara 2, Isola Dei Pescatori, Stresa, Lake Maggiore, 28838, Italy
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Florence / Cinque Terra / Siena in about 6 or 7 days?

by shonuff

We will be traveling from Rome into Florence, spend about 7 days in Florence, then out of Florence to Venice. While we are in Florence, we would like to hit Siena and the Cinque Terra.

Is it possible (probable) logistically do Siena, Florence and the Cinque Terra in about 6 days? Then off to Venice?

Any suggestions on how to allocate time? Perhaps we go from Rome into Siena to Florence to the Cinque Terra and then off to Venice?

How would you do this?


Re: Florence / Cinque Terra / Siena in about 6 or 7 days?

by mccalpin

Are you driving or taking the train?

See for train schedules. You will note that the service east-west in that of of Italy isn't always the best. You'll note that it takes like 3 hours with a change of train to get from Florence to Riomaggiore (one of the Cinque Terre that I picked at random). Siena, on the other hand, is more doable, with a number of direct trains a day that take an hour to an hour and a half (I guessing here).

I am guessing that you want to have one hotel in Florence all this time, and just a couple of day trips out? Try Pisa or San Gimignano or Orvieto or other places that are either closer or have pretty fast train service.


Re: Florence / Cinque Terra / Siena in about 6 or 7 days?

by Foundryman1

You'll want at least a full day to hike the whole 5 villages and a day just to hang out in Cinque Terre. You'll regret not spending an extra day there.Plan on 3-4 nites to do it justice

Re: Florence / Cinque Terra / Siena in about 6 or 7 days?

by royalempress

I would cut Florence down to 3 days and spend the extra time in Cinque Terra and maybe Lago Maggorie then Venice.

Re: Re: Florence / Cinque Terra / Siena in about 6 or 7 days?

by royalempress

Sorry, I mean't Lago Maggiore. Check out Hotel Verbano on Isola pescatori.

Northern Italy road trip.

by mrjemm

I am planning a ride down through Europe and into Italy in early May. The intention is to go through the Alpine passes from Switzerland to somewhere near Lake Maggiore and then on down to Genoa way for a peek at potential places for relocation before heading eastwards.

What I would like to know is if there are many places to camp in the countryside of Northern Italy. Otherwise I plan to use Agriturismo ( type places.

Also, if anyone knows how clear the passes would be at that time and any other general suggestions for beautiful places in the region I would be very grateful.

Thankyou in advance, Jem

RE: Northern Italy road trip.

by EllenH

can I come along Jem?

RE: RE: Northern Italy road trip.

by mrjemm

Sorry Ellen, my pillion seat is already taken. ;)

RE: RE: Northern Italy road trip.

by EllenH

ok I will try to take rejection gracefully, everyone else, answer jems questions.

RE: RE: Northern Italy road trip.

by royalempress

If you want a really cool place to stay on Lago Maggiore look at my Travel Page. The very small hotel(Hotel Verbano) is on an Island, Isola Dei Pescatorie, and is not like the glitzy hotels in Stresa.


RE: RE: Northern Italy road trip.

by mrjemm

Thanks Royal, that certainly looks lovely, but I am really hoping to find simple and cheaper places, my budget is not large- hence the camping!

Besides, islands are not easy access for a motorbike! Hehehe.

Cheers, Jem

RE: Northern Italy road trip.

by Maurizioago

Come to Trentino; my region.

Here you can visit many castles, there are lots of lakes, mountains and a big choiche of accomodations; hotels, guesthouses, campsites and flats to let.


Travel Tips for Stresa

Some history

by Manara

The origins of Stresa are very old. For many centuries it was just a fishermen's village, but at Napoleon's time there were already several villas in this area, all belonging to aristocrats.
More villas were built in the second half of the 19th century, by tycoons of the Milan area, after Stresa ceased to be "abroad" for the people of Lombardy. In fact, Piedmont and Lombardy belonged for a long time to two different kingdoms.
A substancial increase in tourism was caused by the railway, after a new tunnel in the Alps made it easier to get to Italy from the north. At that time some of the grandest hotels of Stresa were built.

The Borromeo Islands

by Manara

In my opinion the presence of the three small islands (the Isole Borromee) is a great addition to the lake view from Stresa.
These islands are still the private property of the Borromeo family, but they are open to visitors and the boats of the public service make regular stops there.
Only the Isola Superiore (aka Isola dei Pescatori) can be visited for free. The other two are historical and artistic sites with an entrance fee.
Here I have posted only pictures showing the islands as they can be seen from Stresa. But I have many more, that can be found on other pages on Virtual Tourist.
The Isola Bella has its own page, so my tips and pictures of this island are there.
I have written also tips about the Isola Madre, if you want to read them, and see the pictures, you will find them in the “Things to do” tips on my
Lago Maggiore page.

Stresa alleys

by Callavetta

In order to see Stresa well, it's important to explore the many alley ways and small cobblestone lanes that make up the town. Not a shopper by nature, Stresa was an invitation to buy! Lovely little pottery shops are found around every corner, and the shopkeepers are more than happy to ship your items home.

Also, shops with jewelry, tempting Italian foodstuffs, and cute little bars and trattorias are everywhere.


by olja1234

And a beautiful flowers everywhere. A real town of floweres. Even stonemade, as the one on my photo. If you decide to visit this region of Italy. make it in Springtime, when colourful flowers efforescence is in full swing.

The knot garden Isola Bella

by ChrsStrl

The garden is ornate but has some pleasing touches, like the view down to the formal knot garden from the upper terrace (the mattress of the giant's bed to which I earlier referred). There is also a view along the small terrace of orange trees green & vivid after the rain.


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 Albergo Verbano

We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:

Albergo Ristorante Verbano Stresa
Albergo Ristorante Verbano Hotel Stresa

Address: Via Ugo Ara 2, Isola Dei Pescatori, Stresa, Lake Maggiore, 28838, Italy