Memorial to the Alpini
There are several statues and memorials along the lakefront, but this one caught my interest because it includes a horse. I am always interested in memorials including animals, so I had a closer look and discovered that it is dedicated to the Alpini, the mountain soldiers. Unfortunately I cannot find out more because I don't understand much Italian, but it seems that there was (and maybe is?) a unit of Alpini stationed in the area of Stresa.
I liked the memorial a lot, it moved me very much. The man and the horse (or it might be a mule?) look so weary!
Directions: On the western side of the lakefront
- Historical Travel
A small church on the way
When we walked from the train station to the lakeside, we came across a small church hidden at a little street. Apparently it is not used as a church anymore, but was converted to a family home. I was quite astounded because I had never seen this before - I have often seen churches converted into restaurants, bars or museums, but never into homes!
I thought that the church looked very pretty in the sunshine, it was very well cared for. I think for children it must be fun to live there!
Address: Via del Crocifisso
Directions: On the way from the train station to the lakeside, after you have walked down the stairs
This is the picture I took zooming it from the terrace of an cafe-bar on Isola dei Pescatori. There is a fine, probably 19th century, villa situated on the hill right opposite to the island. Many such a attractive villas can be seen al over the area of Lago Maggiore.
- Family Travel
It takes a village to move a tree
While I was sitting on the promenade, just enjoying being where I was and basking in all the Italian-ness of it all, I watched a giantic moving effort. A crew was attempting to load this palm tree onto a barge to drag over to one of the Borremeo Islands. In true Italian fashion, it required the "consultation" and "advice" of many of the locals.
American visitors note 9/11 memorial
On the main promenade (I think it is near the Grand Hotel of A Farewell to Arms fame) there is a plaque in memory of the victims of 9/11.
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