Palms and snow
Favorite thing: One of the fascinating things about this lake is its climate, which is very mild for an area that is at the foot of the Alps. Due to this fact, it is possible to enjoy the view of the Alps with their snow caps while basking in the sun amid palm trees.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Stresa - hotel resorts
Favorite thing: The lakefront of Stresa is lined with grand hotels of extraordinary standards, in front of which stands a magnificent parks. The best known is Hotel des Iles Borromees, whose guests have included kings, princes politicians and writers. Ernest Hemingway wrote about in his masterpiece "Farewell to Arms".
- Family Travel
Stresa - inside the town
Favorite thing: Well, I was a little bit disapointed with the look of the townlet, which is just ordinary like many other small places with no importance. Except for the small protected medieval harbour, there is nothing else in Stresa worth of note.
- Family Travel
Stresa - villas resort
Favorite thing: A lot of beautiful villas might be seen in Stresa and its close surroundings. Most of them rises up on the hills above the lake-shore and the town of Stresa. Some of this villas, especially those built in the 19th century, are of exceptional beauty and architectural value.
- Family Travel
Stresa - beach resorts
Favorite thing: Well, I am not the one who might be interesting in lake bathing because, as far as I am concerning, the lake-water is too cold even in the summer time. Besides, since I am coming from the sea-side resort, I have certain predjudice regarding bathing in non-salt water.
The beach resort around Stresa looks pretty much cool, and many people seems like enjoying it very much.
- Family Travel
Few words in Italian
Favorite thing: 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
Useful phone numbers
Favorite thing: The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.
Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Italy:
State Police: 113
Forest Service: 1515
Guardia di Finanza (Customs/Financial Police): 117
Coast guard: 1530
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