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Stresa: photo description (Stresa)

Stresa is one of the largest cities on the Italian shores of Lago Maggiore, located in the Piedmont region in 90 km North-West of Milan. Its population is more than five thousand people. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the main source of income for the locals is the tourism industry. Like other coastal resorts, Stresa attracts with its landscapes and monuments of history and architecture.

The first mention of Stresa is found in documents of the end of the 10th century. In the 15th century it was a thriving fishing village, which belonged to the Visconti family. Later, Stresa became the property of the house of Borromeo.

For centuries this small, in fact, the town was one of the most popular holiday destinations among European aristocracy, which "adorned" it with many luxurious villas. At the beginning of the 20th century, after the construction of the tunnel through the Alps, the flow of tourists in Stresa has increased dramatically. One of the most famous visitors was Ernest Hemingway, who in 1948 year, wrote part of his novel "farewell to arms". In 2002, the year in Stresa was conducted 10th international conference in memory of the great writer. In addition, every year the town hosts one of the most important international festivals of classical music - "Settimane Musicali".

Among the attractions of Stresa, of course, are its ancient villas. Villa Ducale on a project which works of the architect Giacomo Filippo Bolongaro, was built in the second half of the 18th century. In 1848, the year she became the property of the Italian philosopher Antonio Rosmini-Serbati, and today it is the international center named after him. Villa del Orto, built in 1900, the year got its name adorning her painter Liberto Dell'orto. And in the large Villa Pallavicino, located between Belgirate and Stresau, is now a zoo.