a VirtualTourist member from Tiverton
We plan a couple of weeks on Lake Maggiore and wonder whether Stresa or Baveno is the better place to stay. We tend to prefer smaller resorts, such as Baveno, but like to do our own thing rather than go on organised excursions. So from the ease of getting around on local trains, buses, boats, etc. which would be the better base for us to stay in. I'd appreciate as much info as possible please. Thanks to everyone who bothers to reply!
I was in Stresa on a bus tour back in the 1990's. Very nice little town, a walking town. It's on a train route (assume buses too it's on the main route to Lugano, Switzerland,has regular boat service to Borromean Islands and a cable car that goes to the summit of Monte Mottarone, with the Giardino Botanico Alpinia en route.
Don't know Baveno.
Both towns are small, but with big hotels and convention centres, so the number of visitors should be about the same. However Stresa is better placed with regard to transports. Moreover, from Stresa you can also take a cable-car up to the mount Mottarone.
Stresa every time - all the boats seem to start from here; there's a good train service; it is not a large town in any sense, if a bit full of tourists! Baveno is charming, built on the hillside so very steep streets.