Via Sempione Sud, 50, Stresa, 28838, Italy
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new alpine sled slide
The entrance to the gardens on Isola Madre
The Beach of Loco Stresa
Pity I couldn't get more in this photo!
Train to Stresa
We are confused with the train schedule. We are going to leave Zurich and go to Stresa - the schedule shows we get to Stresa and then go on to Stresa NLM. What is the difference? Are there 2 towns? We are actually going to Isola Pescatori so we know we will have to take a boat from Stresa but didnt understand the 2 stops. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks
Re: Train to Stresa
Stresa NLM is the boat landing pier, a good 10 mins walk from the station. For schedules, go to
and just indicate Stresa as final destination. You will get at least two trains each hour with change in Brig, average travel time a little more than 3 hrs.
Re: Train to Stresa
Yep, sounds right. NLM means "Navigazione Lago Maggiore", the transport company for boats on Lago Maggiore, Como, and Garda. And, yes, on the map, the dock appears to be a one kilometer walk on foot from the station...
Travel Tips for Stresa
Few words in Italian
Below few words in Italian that you can use while visiting Italy.
Waiter / Waitress! - Cameriere/ Cameriera, per favore!
May I have the menu, please? - Potrei avere il menu, per favore?
Do you have a set menu / local specialities? - Avete un menu fisso/ delle specialità locali?
What do you recommend? - Cosa mi raccomanderebbe?
Do you have vegetarian dishes? - Avete dei piatti vegetariani?
bread - pane
butter - burro
cheese - formaggio
coffee - caffè
cream - panna (montata)
ice cream - gelato
lemon - limone
milk - latte
mineral water - acqua minerale
mustard - senape
pepper - pepe
salad - insalata
salt - sale
sugar - zucchero
tea - tè
yes/no - si/ no
please / thank you - per favore/ grazie
good morning - Buongiorno
good afternoon - Buon pomeriggio
good evening - Buona sera
good night - Buona notte
good-bye - Arrivederci
excuse me - mi scusi
you're welcome - prego
how long / how far - per quanto tempo/ quanto è lontano
yesterday / today / tomorrow - ieri/ oggi/ domani
day / week / month / year - giorno/ settimana/ mese / anno
left / right - sinistra/ destra
up / down - su/ giù
good / bad - buono/ cattivo
big / small - grande/ piccolo
cheap / expensive - economico/ caro
hot / cold - caldo/ freddo
open / closed - aperto / chiuso
free/ occupied - libero / occupato
early / late - presto/ tardi
Does anyone here speak English? - Qualcuno qui parla inglese?
I don't speak (much) Italian. - Non parlo l'italiano/ molto italiano.
Could you repeat that? - Per favore, potrebbe ripetere?
Could you spell it? - Per favore, potrebbe fare lo spelling?
Can you translate this for me / us? - Potrebbe tradurre questo per me/ per noi?
What does this mean? - Che cosa vuol dire?
I don't understand. - Non capisco.
How much is that? - Quanto costa?
Does this bus / train stop at ... ? - Questo autobus/treno ferma a...?
Monday - lunedì
Tuesday - martedì
Wednesday - mercoledì
Thursday - giovedì
Friday - venerdì
Saturday - sabato
Sunday - domenica
The Margheritine di Stresa (Stresa daisies) are delicious cookies that were created in this town in the 19th Century, by Mr Pietro Antonio Bolongaro, who named his creation after Margherita, daughter of the Duke of Genoa, who used to spend long holidays in Stresa, in a villa that is still called Villa Ducale.
It’s interesting that later on, when she became Queen of Italy, Margherita had also a pizza named after her.
If you want to taste the “margheritine” I recommend to buy them at the Pasticceria Marcolini, in Via de Vit.
If you want the recipe, write me an email.
Isola dei Pescatori
This is the very first impression of the island after landing, a short promenade where most of the cafe-bars, restaurants and souvenir shops can be find. The houses, decorated with lots of greenery, are congested making a kind of wall which protect the inner street from cold northern winds.
Isola Madre - other attractions
The walk initially takes you round the African terrace where plants from Bolivia mix with the carob (whose seeds we are reminded were once used to weigh diamonds - hence 'carats') from Arabia and a citrus tree from Burma. An odd coincidence links us to a lecture on a cruise to Norway two weeks earlier on plants on the edge for also here grows the Casuarina - a plant that grows on sea-shores as it has adapted to withstand extremely salty soils. This example comes from Australia. This side of the island can, they say, be 4 degrees warmer than the other, which is why such plants will grow there.
The walk then leads you through an area of the garden where camelias grow. We are in the wrong season except for one we see later on the tallest camelia bush\ tree I have ever seen (though my experience of camelias is not extensive).
As we enter a lawned area we are suddenly aware of a majestic white peacock serenely gliding in state across the lawn. A bustle and flurry of cries and, running across our path come a motley collection of highly-coloured birds.
From the Villa on Isola Madre
After the house descend into the Chapel Square where the lily pond boasted "white, pink, red & yellow water lilies" but had not counted the exquisite blue one we found there. We were lucky to find the 'Simosa Sensitiva' and the coffee plant that grew next to it.
You walk along the Palm Boulevard and it is almost easy to miss this 125 year-old tree from this level because the eye is stunned by the colour of the flowers. They say on their leaflet that it produces 3,000 edible coconuts a year - if these fall that means over 8 a day come down from it!
Just after the exit you will find a small cafe\ restaurant where coffee on the terrace provides a welcome restorative.
The joy about getting the early boat is that you will have had the place almost to yourselves. The numbers flowing off the boat as you wait to do the next leg of the journey confirm that in our belief.
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Address: Via Sempione Sud, 50, Stresa, 28838, Italy