The completion of the Simplon Tunnel in 1906, bringing rail passengers from Switzerland to Italy put Stresa well and truly on the map and it became the principal resort on Lake Maggiore. Aristocratic villas and hotels quickly followed to accommodate the influx of tourists, impressed with its mild climate and luxuriant vegetation. Visitors have been coming ever since and in 1948 Hemingway came and set part of his novel ‘A Farewell to Arms’ in the Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees, which brought even more tourists. In 2002, Stresa hosted the 10th International Hemingway Conference. Three fine villas will be visited on this tour, the Villa Ducale in the centre of town, dates back to 1770 and in 1848 was inherited by the Italian philosopher Antonio Rosmini-Serbati and today it houses the International Centre for Rosminian Studies. Just outside Stresa is the Villa Pallavicino with a wildlife park and the Villa Dell’Orto.
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ABOUT US: Renowned for creating the utmost in unique travel experiences, I.D.I. Travel boasts extensive knowledge in crafting the perfect Italian vacation. Whether your clients desire an intimate dinner with Michelangelo’s famous David as the backdrop or a brisk day out truffle hunting, the company can realize your clients’ wishes. Centrally located just outside Venice with branches throughout the country, I.D.I. has fostered long-standing partnerships with the owners of Italy’s leading hotels and villas, as well as the country’s finest guides, artists, chefs, winemakers and designers. These relationships afford I.D.I. private access to exclusive wineries, along with special events at historical sites and museums. In addition to its extensive travel itineraries, I.D.I. also maintains a fleet of luxury vehicles with experienced drivers for all your clients’ travel needs during their Italy vacation.
Insider TipPrivate boat evening excursion to Borromean Islands-Evening walk at Valley of Temples -Ski Trip on the Etna Volcano. To visit Capri, make sure you arrive in the evening and spend at least two night.
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