02 Sep 2008

Stresa Festival, Stresa, Italy


By George Loomis [Financial Times, 1 September 2008]

The most arresting sight on approaching the Italian village of Stresa by train, apart from the sheer beauty of Lake Maggiore and the mountains beyond, is that of the small islands whose separation from the mainland did not prevent development. It looks as if they could sink from the weight of their buildings, but those buildings have been there for centuries, a legacy of the Borromeo family of Milan, which gained control of Stresa centuries ago and is still around today.