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Stresa has three main banks, all with cashpoint/ATM facilities:
Banca Popolare di Novara / Near GS Supermarket with external cashpoint/ATM
Open Monday - Friday 08.20-13.20 / 14.35-15.35 and Holidays 08.20-11.20
Banca Popolare d’Intra / Lakefront near the church with external cashpoint/ATM
Open Monday to Friday 08.25-13.25 / 14.40-16.10
Banca Intesa San Paolo / Piazza Possi with external cashpoint/ATM opposite the cut through to Piazza Capucci (market square/car park) round the corner from the main entrance and there is also one just inside the bank's lobby area. To access the cashpoint/ATM in the lobby out of banking hours you will need to swipe your card in the slot to the right of the doors
There are two pharmacies in Stresa:
Via Cavour, 16 (behind the church)
Tel: +39 0323 933833
Open: Monday - Friday 08.30-12.30 / 15.00-19.30 and Saturday 08.30-12.30
Piazza Possi, 3 (square behind main square)
Tel: +39 0323 30326
Open: 09.00-12.30 / 15.00-19.30, closed fortnightly on Wednesdays
The timetables for duty pharmacies out of hours and on Sundays are indicated outside each pharmacy.
Bar Embassy near the Hotel Milan Speranza has free Wi-Fi - just ask a member of staff for the password. Caffe Savoy also has free Wi-Fi. There is an Internet point called NewData in Via de Vit. Daniel's Bar opposite Hotel Bristol on the lakefront has free Wi-Fi.
There are two main newsagents in Stresa.
The Railway Station
Il Foglio Volante in Via Bolongaro
The railway station has a particularly good range of English newspapers and magazines.
The Church is situated on the lakefront and has services in Italian only.
Money exchange is available at all the above mentioned banks and commission free at Viaggi Tomassucci Travel Agency located opposite the ferry station (English spoken)
There is a very well stocked supermarket in the centre of Stresa. Carrefour supermarket has entrances on both Via Roma and Via Principe Tomaso. It is open Monday – Friday 09.00 – 13.00 / 15.00 – 19.30, Saturdays/Days before Bank Holidays 09.00 – 19.00 and Sundays/Bank Holidays 09.00 – 12.30. As well as the usual canned and dry goods they also have a fresh fruit and vegetable section, fresh bread, a butcher and delicatessen counter and a freezer section. They also sell alcohol, toiletries and refrigerated goods.
Please note that the deli counter does not make up sandwiches. If you require sandwiches for a picnic lunch then pay a visit to the little delicatessen shop “Salumeria Bianchetti” next to the town hall (large display of dried mushrooms outside) in Piazza Matteotti or to “La Cambusa” wine shop behind the church in Via Cavour. There is also an excellent new sandwich takeaway called "Cicinnin" in Via Principe Tomaso which sells sandwiches by the 10cm length. They use all kinds of local produce - check their blackboard daily for what's on offer.
There is a very good fresh pasta shop in Via Principe Tomaso where they make ravioli with meat or spinach and ricotta filling, tagliatelle and other fresh pasta every day. They also have homemade lasagne ready to go in the oven, crème caramel and sometimes quiche which they will sell by the slice. email@example.com
There are two bakers in the centre of Stresa, one in Piazza Capucci (market square) and one in Piazza Cadorna. As well as bread they both sell croissants and cakes, pizza slices and focaccia.
You can buy excellent pizza slices to take away at the shop in Via A.M. Bolongaro.
There is a butcher in Via Principe Tomaso who has a small but very high quality selection of meat, sausages, fresh eggs and salami.
Stresa has a wide range of souvenir shops as well as shops selling clothes, bags, shoes, artisan products and local produce.
There is a book shop called “Leone” on the corner of Piazza Cadorna which sells English novels, guide books and maps.
In the little lane off Piazza Cadorna there is also a shop selling camera equipment, films, batteries, memory cards, camera bags etc called Photo Gubian.
The Tourist Office is conveniently located at the ferry station. It is open everyday during the summer season. English is spoken.
Opening hours 2014/15:
20/10/14 - 15/03/15: 10.00-12.30 and 15.00-18.30 (closed Saturday afternoon, Sundays and public holidays)
16/03/15 - 25/10/15:
10.00-12.30 and 15.00-18.30
open everyday, including Sundays and public holidays
Tel: +39 0323 30150
Fax: +39 0323 32561
Public Holidays 2015
Please note that all public holidays in Italy fall on the same date each year, with the obvious exception of Easter, and are taken on that day even if it is midweek or a Sunday. You will find that during the summer season shops, restaurants and attractions remain open on public holidays.
January 1st / New Year's Day
January 6th / Epiphany
April 5th / Easter Sunday
April 6th / Easter Monday
April 25th / Liberation Day
May 1st / Labour Day
June 2nd / Italian Republic Day
August 15th / Assumption
November 1st / All Saint's Day
December 7th / Saint Ambrogio Day (Local Bank Holiday - not all of Italy)
December 8th / Immaculate Conception Day
December 25th / Christmas Day
December 26th / Boxing Day (Santo Stefano)