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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
4:23 AM | Dana Kaplan, Stresa Sights | Edit Post
The classic Italian breakfast. A perfect cappuccino. And a fresh brioche.
"Do you know if there are places in Stresa where I can have breakfast? I am considering to book a hotel without breakfast. I couldn't find any address of a cafeteria there."
"We're staying in a place w/o breakfast - can you suggest some great places for breakfast?"
There is no cafeteria-style restaurant in Stresa. There is no Starbucks, and no McDonalds. The restaurants around the piazza and along the lake, although open early in the morning, for the most part do not serve a 'breakfast', if your idea of breakfast is ham and eggs, pancakes, or cereals. They do, however, all offer the traditional Italian breakfast, colazione, of a cappuccino and a brioche. And of course you should have that. But, what can you do if you are used to, or want, or need, a bit more in the morning? Here are five ways to get your morning meal in Stresa: ( continued .... )
Saturday, July 28, 2012
11:46 AM | Dana Kaplan, Stresa Sights | Edit Post
It's always great when people who read the blog send feedback and their own photos. Today I want to share with you some photos that I've recently received from one of my most loyal and kind readers, who visits Stresa yearly. From Stresa as a base, they travel to areas in all directions. Here are a few photos that I have recently received from Ilias from one of his recent trips, of two of the ports that can be visited from Stresa with the ferry: Cannobio and Laveno. Cannobio is the last town along this side of the lake before entering Switzerland, and Laveno, easily visible from Stresa across the lake, is the location of the Laveno Bucket Lift.
Cannobio Hotel Cannobio
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Saturday, July 21, 2012
2:40 PM | Dana Kaplan, Stresa Sights | Edit Post
Today I enjoyed this beautiful Shakerato, served in a martini glass, at the Sky Bar atop Hotel La Palma. I met a friend here for a very special morning coffee, as she had not yet had the pleasure of seeing this spot, and this view. No need to tell you how much I enjoy this place. Or Shakeratos. What a great way to get my morning caffeine.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
3:21 AM | Dana Kaplan, Stresa Sights | Edit Post
Luca, one of the two piccioni, pigeons, at Trattoria Due Piccioni, told us that on rainy nights he is always even more busy than usual. This is because tourists and locals alike come to him when rain prevents them from sitting outside to eat. Coincidentally only, it was raining when we recently ate there, and the main restaurant was completely filled. We sat instead in the small, intimate, reception area in which there are only three tables set up. It was like being in a tiny private inn. The main dining room, by contrast, is a mix of traditional design and contemporary touches. For traditional there is a high brick arch supporting the center of the room and old wooden beams on one part of the ceiling. To modernize, the beams are balanced with wide, horizontal taupe stripes along the wall, and tiny twinkling lights add a bit of romance here and there. In sum, it has a light, spacious, and casually elegant feel. ( Continued .... )
Saturday, July 14, 2012
11:56 AM | Dana Kaplan, Stresa Sights | Edit Post
Look at this charming shop! This is Erboristeria, located in Piazza Cadorna. As the name implies, they specialize in herbal and aromatic items, all intended to improve health and spirit. I noticed these items on display on the table outside the entrance. A collection of Acqua Isola Bella, Acqua Isola Madre, and Acqua Isola dei Pescatori fragrances, candles, and other items, each with a special scent invocative of the island. ( continued ---- )
Friday, July 6, 2012
1:51 PM | Dana Kaplan, Stresa Sights | Edit Post
What I'm drinking today is a different version of the classic Spritz. This is a Campari Spritz, made with 3 cl. Campari, 7cl. of Prosecco, a splash of soda, and a slice of orange. I'm drinking it at Estremadura, an adorable little bar in Suna, Verbania, directly facing the lake.
Still thirsty? Here are some other aperitivo spots.
Sunday, July 1, 2012
6:47 PM | Dana Kaplan, Stresa Sights | Edit Post
This will be YOUR view, if you reserve yourself a spot on this bus.
Distretto has just announced that they are running buses up to the Cascata del Toce for the opening night event of the World Championship of Fireworks. This is the third consecutive year the service will be offered, making this otherwise rather remote location accessible to many more people.
You can take the bus from many different towns: Dormelletto, Arona, Stresa, Baveno, Feriolo, Gravellona, Ornavasso, Villadossola, Domodossola, Crodo, Baceno, or Premia, and then arriving at the falls.
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