- ► 2012 (70)
- ► 2011 (69)
- ► 2010 (108)
- Morellino di Scansano at Buscion
- Stresa Nights
- Stresa in Literature -- Follow Me to Stresa
- Settimane Musicali di Stresa -- Stresa Music Festi...
- Settimana del Tulipano at Villa Taranto
- FYI -- Using The Bus System In Stresa
- The Borromeo Tapestries
- Villa San Remigio -- The Other Place I Didn't Go
- Chiesa di San Remigio -- The Place I Didn't Go
- FYI - Driving Directions From Malpensa to Stresa -...
- Wunder Kammer on Isola Bella
- Stresa Train Station
- Buona Pasqua a Tutti
- Alessi Factory of Italian Design
- Help The Victims In Abruzzo
- Giardino Botanico Alpinia
- Filetto di Maialino Con Mele Caramellate Al Calvad...
- ▼ April (17)
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
8:45 PM | Dana Kaplan, Stresa Sights | Edit Post
Although not a large city, I think it is indicative of Stresa's status, both as a tourist destination and as a bedroom community of Milan, that it has a very well-equipped train station. Located on via Carducci , it's a short walk up from the lakefront and the majority of the hotels, and if you don't feel like walking, they'll be a taxi waiting for you. Outside, the structure has a bit of a Swiss feel; trains do come and go here from Switzerland after all, less than an hour away to the north.
The main room inside, where there are the ticket windows, is older, marble countered, wood trimmed, and spotless. There are large framed photographs on the walls, sepia toned, historical photos from long ago.
But everything else in the station seems a sharp contrast to the antique nature of this room. The cappuccino bar is large and the cappuccino is good. They offer free seating both inside and out. A TV is mounted high on one wall, usually is showing the news. There is also a full-service restaurant, called The Orient Express, with a curved glass wall serving as a divider in the center of the room. I've noticed at lunchtime this restaurant gets very crowded...
In case you are unfamiliar with the intricacies of a small Italian train station, a few pointers. Train schedules are available on the trenitalia site, and also printed on posters in the station. When I'm traveling to Milan at what I think will be a busy time I sometimes purchase my ticket the day before, just to certain that I have one and not to have to wait on a line. When you walk through the station to the tracks, the track directly in front of you is the track heading to Milano. If you are heading north, you'll need to walk down the stairs and under the tracks to the other side. The side of the track that I am standing on is the side heading to Milan.
That ticket I bought the day before is not dated. When I'm ready to board the train I'll punch the ticket into the yellow box to be stamped with the current date, validating it for my trip.
All the information is here, on this wall outside the station near the track. A poster with the schedule, a monitor announcing trains, and the yellow box to self-validate your ticket.
I hope this has been a bit of an introduction to the station, so that you know what it looks like, what to expect when you're here. An older post I wrote details some of the particulars about traveling specifically to Milan from Stresa. (Read it here). And the Trenitalia site, www.ferroviedellostato.it, provides all schedule and fare information and is available in English. Tickets can be purchased online.
Events are provided by STRESA 2.0
- Where can I buy foreign newspapers in Stresa?
- Where can I eat breakfast in Stresa?
- Where are the public restrooms in Stresa?
- Is there a laundromat in Stresa?
- Can I rent a wheelchair in Stresa?
- Should I buy train tickets in advance?
- Are there any day tours to Switzerland from Stresa?
- How can I arrange a civil wedding in Stresa?
- How bad are the summer bugs in Stresa?
- Do I Need A Car In Stresa?
- Is there an Internet cafe in Stresa?
- Is there a supermarket in Stresa?
- Is it too isolated staying at an Isola dei Pescatori hotel?
- Will we need a car if we are staying at Isolino Camping Village?
- Are there any ethnic restaurants in Stresa?
- Can I buy tickets in advance for ferry or the cablecar?
- I was wondering if you might know or recall the name of this restaurant in Baveno?
IMPORTANT POSTS AND LINKS
- If You Have Only One Day in Stresa
- Top Ten Things to See in Stresa
- Alibus Shuttle From Malpensa to Stresa
- Driving Directions From Malpensa - With Photos
- Train Service from Malpensa to Stresa and Milano
- Linate Airport to Stresa Directions
- Milan Tram System Map and Transport
- Bus Schedule
- Stresa Boat Imbarcadero
- Stresa to Mottarone Cableway
- Bus, Train, and Taxi From Malpensa Airport
- Boat Schedule - English
- PosteItaliane - Postal service
- Trenitalia Site and Schedule -- English
- Weather Forecast
- Winter Trip to Stresa? Start Planning Here
- art and culture (34)
- August (23)
- autumn (16)
- books (8)
- churches (8)
- day trips (30)
- events (54)
- favorite quotations (5)
- food (69)
- for kids (7)
- Friends of Stresa Sights (11)
- FYI (20)
- gardens (18)
- Guest writer Tony (5)
- history (31)
- interviews (7)
- just for fun (31)
- learning italian (8)
- letters from readers (13)
- letters from the editor (27)
- memories (10)
- milan (10)
- museums (8)
- music (10)
- my house (2)
- nature (4)
- news and information (54)
- outdoor activities (31)
- photo gallery (38)
- Piemonte (9)
- places to go (53)
- places to stay (9)
- rainy day activities (9)
- restaurants (37)
- risotto (6)
- shopping (23)
- spring (17)
- stresa (88)
- summer (61)
- tours (17)
- transportation (23)
- trivia (3)
- videos (8)
- walks (16)
- What people say... (3)
- wine (27)
- winter (41)