Art, history and culture


Art, history and culture

A large number of cultural tours and art and history itineraries are easy to reach from Stresa and we recommend that our guests visit the not-to-be-missed most popular places while staying at Villa & Palazzo Aminta.

Do not miss a visit to the majestic and impressive Sanctuary of Santa Caterina del Sasso, an hour by car or 15 minutes by boat from Stresa, built on the cliff top overlooking the lake, framed by a mystical and captivating landscape of rare beauty. Located on the Lombardy side of Lake Maggiore, it was built in the twelfth century by Alberto Besozzi from Besozzo, a merchant who later retired there for life, becoming a hermit.

A historical trip to the impressive Castle of Angera, about 40 minutes by car from Stresa or 15 minutes by boat, built on the Rocca di Angera by the Visconti family, in which there are marvellous and very valuable frescoes in its Hall of Justice. In 1449, it became the property and the residence of the Borromeo family. Since 1988, as well as visiting the fortress, you can also see the famous Museum of Dolls. From the Castle Tower, you can enjoy a breathtaking and unique view of the Lake and of Arona, a delightful town on the Piedmont side, which can be reached in 5 minutes by boat from Angera or in 15 minutes by car from Stresa, where you can visit the Rocca Borromeo and stroll through the lively old town centre, with its shops and restaurants.


Milan is about 75 km from Stresa and is the city of fashion, rich in history and art and the centre of the most important international cultural events. Also worth visiting, while walking through the heart of the city, around Piazza del Duomo, you can admire the artistic jewellery in the Pinacoteca di Brera (Brera Art Gallery), the Poldi Pezzoli Museum and the Castello Sforzesco (Sforza Castle) and you can see an opera at the magnificent Teatro alla Scala opera house or do some shopping in Via Monte Napoleone and Via della Spiga. There are numerous famous and elegant restaurants, cafés and wine bars where you can spend an evening in the most fashionable city in Europe..

Turin is a romantic and aristocratic city, about 130 km from Stresa, in which you will find artistic and cultural treasures of great value, like the superb Baroque buildings, architecture of the future and you can spend “trendy” evenings in the charming clubs and restaurants along the river. Its magnificent squares will strike you with their grandeur and tradition. Its theatres with their precious decor offer unforgettable seasons. It is a city full of events, exhibitions and cultural events throughout the year. It was also the venue of the 2006 Winter Olympics.