The apartments at Casa Riale have been meticulously restored by Gigliola and Giuseppe in keeping with the traditional style of these historical buildings, and fitted with original nineteenth century furniture which Gigliola has recovered from the local region over many years.
Gigliola and Giuseppe will be happy to recommend the most appropriate accommodation to suit your specific needs.
The apartment is centrally heated in the winter, fan ventilated in the summer, with a private balcony for relaxing 'al fresco', and is fully equipped with all the facilities that one would expect to find at home including the 'essentials', such that you don't need to rush to the supermarket as soon as you arrive.
The Ossola valleys provide plenty of choice for more serious walking, much of which is no more than an hour's drive of Stresa. The Valley leading up to Macugnaga has been well developed and there are numerous well signed and relatively un-strenuous walks. Macugnaga also offers some wonderful views of Monte Rose, the second highest Alpine / European mountain. Alpe Devero is situated in a high plateau which can become a little crowded during mid summer weekends however, the walking is in this area is wonderful, without being terribly strenuous. A walk from the Devero plateau up past one or two small hamlets (which do provide bars), and then up to and around the lake is to be recommended. The Formazza valley is a little less developed, and provides very nice walking around the area of the gorges at Baceno, or around the falls above the town of Formazza. Not forgetting the new Thermal Baths at Premia.
The Antrona valley offers some much more serious hiking.
Casa Riale is ideally located in the historical centre of Stresa, and is a perfect base for a relaxing holiday and for exploring Lago Maggiore and the surrounding area. On the door step are numerous bars and restaurants, pizzerias, a local supermarket, and many local speciality shops. From her one can easily explore the lake with the famous Borromee Islands, numerous woodland walks, historical gardens, the cableway to the top of Mottarone above Stresa, as well as train and highway access to Milan, Turin, Alessandria, Bergamo, etc.
Milan is excellent for shopping and is easily reached from Stresa with either the inexpensive 'regional trains', or on the faster, direct, 'Cis Alpino' service. Turin is practically impossible without a car, and the outskirts reflect its long standing industrial history. The city centre however, is an absolute jewel and certainly has a more relaxed Mediterranean feel than one finds in the bustle of Milan.