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Just a short 30 minute boat trip from Stresa is the beautiful Angera.  We actually took the hydrofoil which was a little quicker than the ferry. This resort centre is situated at the south end of Lago Maggiore and sits right on the lakefront.  There is the ancient castle of the Borromea with a domineering position offering a great view over the whole lake and landscape.

We had planned to spend an hour or so here, stop for a coffee and then continue on the next ferry or hydrofoil to explore other parts of beautiful Lago Maggiore.  Well that plan was out the window very quickly as once we stepped foot here we knew that it would be hours before we left.

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We headed off on foot to explore.  Walking was very easy with so much to see from the Rocco Borremo to Italy’s first  museum.

We strolled along the shady waterfront which is speckled with villas and old fishing families’ houses and there are good views across the water to Arona.

Not far from the ferry terminal was a set of shops, cafes and restaurants where we eventually stopped for a lunch of classical local dishes.

Before lunch we did in fact climb the hill to the fort but that is worthy of its own story another time. This is quite a long steep climb and probably not recommended for anyone with walking limitations.

Angera, a delightful township  on the foreshores of Lake Maggiore and a lovely place to spend time.