Stresa is a spa town with 5226 inhabitants (as of 31 December 2010) in the Italian province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola on the western shore of Lago Maggiore (Region Piedmont) on the Simplon rail line Domodossola – Milan. The Frazioni (suburbs or islands in the lake) from Stresa Brisino, Isola Bella (see also Borromean Islands), Isola dei Pescatori (see also Borromean Islands), La Sacca, Levo, Lido and Mottarone.
All of the Borromean islands except San Giovanni Isolino belong to the municipality of Stresa. The surrounding communities are Baveno, Belgirate, Brovello-Carpugnino, Gignese, Grave Toce, Laveno-Mombello (VA), Leggiuno (VA), Lesa (NO), Omegna and Verbania. At the middle station of the cable car to the Mottarone Alpino is located in a botanical garden, the “Giardino Botanico Alpinia”.
At the Stresa Conference of April 1935 the Government agreed in France, Britain and Italy (Stresa Front) measures to avert the supposed German expansion and war policy, but without this continued success. In July 1958, here was another “Stresa Conference” took place. To create a stable agricultural market at that time agreed by Member States of the European Economic Community (EEC) aims to create each single product market organizations. From this grew later, the Common Agricultural Policy. Beginning with the 1960s came to market today 22 organizations that regulate the market for some agricultural products. The “Convention of Stresa” from 1 June 1951 is the first international agreement on the designation of origin cheese in name, with the participation of seven countries: Austria, Denmark, France, Italy, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. In 2004, Stresa was the 52th place Bilderberg conference, the anniversary meeting “50 Years of Bilderbergers.”