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.
Arrived to be met by Gigliola and shown a v clean comfortable apartment No1,just as listed. Bed great ,although in town centre no great noise Gigliola and Husband very attentive to our needs .Weather kind to us so able to use small balcony and people watch Nice to stay in apartment live like local . Would recommend to friends and family ,and would stay again if we returned to Stresa
This was our second stay at the beautiful Casa Riale (number 4) apartment of Gigliola & Giuseppe. It was our final stay in a 3 month journey in Bella Italia and we saved the best for last. Gigliola & Giuseppe are the most wonderful, warm and generous hosts you will find anywhere. In our 9 trips to Italia, always in apartments, this apartment and the owners will be our favourite. All my correspondence from Australia was answered immediately and acurately. We were greeted as friends and the apartment, like last time, was immaculte, so very comfortable, spotless and extrememly well equipped. The linen was top quality. There were numerous thoughful items : hand cream, shampoo, food items, some excellent olive oil & so on. We ate at home most meals as it was a pleasure to do so. The lovely blacony, sun filled, was a joy. If only we had longer than just 6 nights. We can recommend this beautiful apartment very highly. As for Stresa - can anywhere be more beautiful? the lake and the islands, Santa Catarina, Villa Taranto the list is endless, the walks, the cable car or simply just watch the sun rise and set over lake Maggiore. Paradise.
I have stayed in a number of apartments in various locations in Italy and I have never had such an ideal location. It is a very comfortable apartment situated on the main square. The description is completely accurate. Supermarket, bread shop and most importantly, Ice Cream shop are on your doorstep. The Railway Station is a fifteen minute stroll and the lake five minutes. Stresa is a wonderful location with plenty to do. We stayed a week and although Milan was on our itinery we never had time to include it. There are a wide choice of Restaurants in Stresa if you like to eat out. Gigliola and Giuseppe, the owners, were most welcoming and the information they provided beforehand was first class. Best recommendation I can make is that we would definitely stay here again.
We had a lovely time at this apartment, good sized double bedroom, kitchen with dining table and a good seating area. There is a terrace with 2 chairs outside too.
It was very clean and tidy with good storage space and would be ideal for a couple on holiday. I would absolutely recommend this to others.
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.