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I've been getting a lot of mail recently regarding transportation. To be more precise, readers want to know how to reach Stresa from other locations on their itinerary. Here are a few recent examples:
We will be in Torino and want to get to Stresa from there. But we can't find a train. It seems we must go to Milan and take another train to Stresa from there. Is there a better alternative?
Hi Dana, we are coming back to Italy this summer and will definitely be including Stresa in our plans this time. We will be in Cinque Terre before coming to Stresa and my question is: Can we get to Stresa from there in a direct way, or must we go through Milan?
[We] need to figure out how to travel with luggage (as minimal we can manage!) from Como to Stresa. Do you have any suggestions? I’d prefer not to have to go back into Milan and then out again if we can help it.
The second thing I've noticed is that usually Stresa is not the main destination for my readers, unless they are coming here for a specific business conference, or an event. More often Stresa is an add-on. A stop for a few days after arriving in Milan. Or a relaxing finish to a vacation in Italy that included some of the larger, better known sites, Florence, Rome, Venice, these places. I'm thrilled to see people adding-on Stresa, and I hope more of you consider doing so. It is indeed the perfect spot to wind down before heading back to where you live, or to adjust to the time change before starting your vacation. It is only 35 minutes from Malpensa airport in Milan and has a direct shuttle bus from the center of town directly to your terminal. Driving, should you want to, is direct and traffic is almost never a concern. So before, or after, or during, si, I want more and more of you to consider a few days here. You'll be so glad that you did!
A new season is beginning...
And with the arrival of spring also arrive the flower shows to kick off the season. This year marks the 44th annual Mostra Nazionale della Camelia di Verbania e di Cannero Riviera, the National Camelia Show. In the two locations, Villa Giulia in Verbania and in the Sala Arch. Pietro Carmine in Cannero Riviera, over 300 varieties of camelias, both older and new, will be on display. There is a theme each year for the camelia show. This year the theme will center around two celebrated cameliophiles from literature. Marguerite Gautier, the courtier in the moving story written in 1848 by Alexander Dumas, "La Dame aux Camelias," and Violetta Valery, the main character of Verdi's Traviata. In Verbania, the inside of the villa is decorated with images taken by celebrated Italian photographer Graziella Viga for her show "La Traviata: Quell'Amor ch'e' Palpito." And in Cannero, visitors will be greeted, in the elegant 19th century salon, by hosts dressed in the attire of that era.
Both locations will offer a sale of camelia plants, books, and other items with a floral theme. And tea will be served, a special tea made from the extract of camelia leaves. Over in Cannero, each day at 2:00 pm, one can also take a stroll through the woods, the Bosco delle Camelia di Cheggio, a beautiful area with a view of the castles of Cannero.
Here's the link to the Web site for Camelia in Mostra: www.cameliainmostra.it
The show will be open Saturday and Sunday, March 20 and 21, In Verbania 10:30 am - 7:00 pm on Saturday and 9:00 am until 7:00 pm. on Sunday. In Cannero, 11:30 am until 7:00 pm on Saturday, 10:00 am until 7:00 pm on Sunday.
Even the cappuccinos are always romantic...
The Hotel Iles des Borromees offered a special Valentine's package which included a room, a romantic candle-lit dinner featuring a special menu of shrimp and squab, and in the morning, a room-service breakfast of champagne and pastries and love cake. The entire package was 176 euro for two people, which made it an incredible discount for this five-star hotel, and what better night to experience such luxury than this one?
Or, make a day trip up to Premia Terme and be pampered in this spa and natural hot springs. Surrounded by snow-covered mountains, relaxing in the saunas and turkish baths in peace and tranquility, sounds a wonderful way to reconnect and relax.
At the beautiful 18th century Villa Giulia in Pallanza there is a special performance today by a baroque ensemble of one of the most romantic stories of all time, that of Orpheus and Eurydice. Perhaps this music, in this setting, followed by a romantic dinner in one of Pallanza's lakefront restaurants, would make this day an unforgettable one.
But the best thing, to me, about all of the above ideas, is that they can be enjoyed on any day of the year. Maybe we need St. Valentines Day to remind us of this fact, that each day puo essere cosi, it can be so, but I think you'll find here in Stresa that you'll be reminded of romance sempre. Take these ideas and thoughts with you, whenever you may be here.
It’s time again in Stresa for Cineforum, the highly successful annual event that brings four diverse and cinematographically renowned films to Stresa. Over the next month, Cineforum 2010 will present the following films in the Palazzina Liberty:
Friday, February 19: Gran Torino, directed by Clint Eastwood
Friday, February 26: Questione di Cuore, by Francesca Archibugi
Friday, March 5: The Millionaire, by Danny Boyle
Friday, March 12: La Felicita’ Porta Fortuna – Happy Go Lucky, by Mike Leigh
Entrance is free, and so, if you happen to in Stresa on one of these evenings and you’d like the opportunity to test your Italian and see a great film, take advantage.
Here's a link to the Comune site, where some information is given (in Italian) about each film: http://www.comune.stresa.vb.it/
Going to the movies while traveling in
We go to a restaurant after. I think I can relax now, but it isn’t so, because now comes the post-movie quiz. This is where, during pizzas and wine, I ask Giuseppe to ask me trivia questions from the film, to test my comprehension while it is still fresh in my mind. Why did the character do that? What was so-and-so angry about? Where did he say the something-or-other was? Giuseppe is smiling; this time not for the film, but for my complete and total ignorance. I get almost every question wrong. Well! I say… we’ll just have to try again…
Here are the two nearby cinemas. I'd google the address to see exactly where they are. The one in Verbania can be reached easily on a bus route, but only during the day; the one in Castelletto really is best reached by car; there is a large and convenient parking lot at the complex.
Cinema Teatro Sociale
Via G. Castelli, 2, 28922 Verbania
And in Castelletto, near Arona:
S.S. 33 del Sempione, 28053 Castelletto Sopra Ticino
The last few seconds of video show a quarry, and then the Duomo in Milano. This is a reference to the marble which the Duomo is built from. It is from this very quarry, in tiny Mergozzo, and it made its way to Milano on the water, from Mergozzo, then through to Lago Maggiore, and then down the river and canals into the center of Milan. It's a nice bit of trivia to know.
And this post has a few photos I took there last summer:
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