Adventures by Disney {Italy & Switzerland: Stresa, Italy – Benvenuto! Adventure Welcome}

Arriving a day early gave us the opportunity to adjust to the time change, explore a little on our own, and enjoy a little R&R at our stunning hotel before the big kick-off tonight!

Adventures by Disney Italy & Switzerland
Day 1: Stresa, Italy
Day 2: Stresa, Italy
Day 3: Stresa, Italy
Day 4: Como, Italy
Day 5: Zermatt, Switzerland
Day 6: Zermatt, Switzerland
Day 7: Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
Day 8: Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
Day 9: Auf Wiederseh
Adventure Guide Pictures
Pin Collection
Pasta Making at Home

Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees Breakfast

We started the day off with a divine breakfast at the resort, on the most charming verandah overlooking the resort gardens. The boys didn’t get up to eat with us, so it was a quaint table for two. They both regretted missing the cheeses, pastries, honeycomb and hot offerings and said we cannot let them sleep through it again.

Exploring Stresa

We met our guides briefly before the official welcome dinner tonight, and they marked up a wonderful map for our morning exploration. We walked along the lake, popped in the shops, and tried two of the spots they recommended for lunch and gelato.

Ristorante Pizzeria Lago Maggiore

Since Honey and I had such a hearty breakfast, we enjoyed three entrees between the four of us. The Spaghetti alla Carbonara was divine and we thoroughly enjoyed the Costaletta all Millanese, a national favorite in Italy. John completely devoured the steak (not pictured).

Gelateria K2

Our guide advised that while no gelato is bad, there is gelato and there is GELATO! We were thrilled to enjoy his favorite – Gelateria K2. It was absolutely divine and we’ve all picked out our flavors for next time – there were too many to choose from!

Des Iles Spa

Our entire afternoon was spent relaxing in the gorgeous Des Iles Spa, a perk for guests staying here at Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees. Whit joined us, as ages 14 and up enjoy full use of the facility. John hit the gym instead. We absolutely loved showing Whit the theraputic shower experience, many pools and plunges, steam room, steam bath, sauna and snow room. It was absolutely spectacular and we felt SO rested afterwards.

Hemingway Bar

Ready for the evening with time to spare, Honey and I had our own little happy hour at Hemingway Bar in the hotel. It’s such a great spot, with a pianist, friendly service and delicious drinks!

Welcome Dinner

One of my favorite parts of any adventure is the excitement and anticipation of the Welcome Dinner. It’s here that you first meet your fellow Adventurers and learn about the week ahead. The atmosphere is always electric! The festivities kicked off with bubbles and apps on the terrace overlooking the hotel gardens. Then, we moved inside for an Italian feast. Our travel group for the week is FULL of teenagers and we couldn’t be more excited about it.

All About Adventures by Disney

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