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I don’t normally write about hotels that I stay in but this time I make an exception to my rule.

After a long full day of travel by train  from La Spezia near the Cinque Terre to Stresa, via Milano, we were all tired and hot.


We arrived at La Fontana and were greeted as if we were friends returning.

Signore Giuselle greeted and welcomed us warmly and offered us a nice cold drink. A cold glass or 2 of Prosecco. Perfecto.  While we sat in the cozy and comfortable sitting room enjoying our nice cold drinks he took our passports, checked us in and did all the necessary paperwork without interrupting us from our prosecco.


La Fontana is a family run hotel on the foreshores of Lago (lake) Maggiore with stunning views and easy access to anywhere.

We found that nothing was too much trouble for the owners. Each and every morning we were personally greeted with “Buongiorno” as we went in to breakfast which was always, fresh with an excellent selection.

As we headed out each day, we were always wished  “have a lovely day” and asked if there was anything we needed. Speaking of, any tourist information that we required for our trips was always readily available. It was good helpful information, in fact, better than we were able to get from the tourist office.

I am always sad when I leave Italy but leaving Stresa was a different kind of sad, this time I felt like I was leaving home.

It is less than an hour by shuttle coach from Stresa to Malpensa airport, Milano. Very easy.