Stresa and Borromean Islands by car (20 km or by boat Arona_Stresa_Islands).
Stresa, a nice town rich with elegant villas and many liberty hotels in front of the lake, is the point of depart of numerous routes. On the hill around Stresa is the Botanic Garden Alpinia of a great naturalistic interest.
From Stresa beach you can reach and visit the splendid Isola Madre, Isola Bella and Isola Pescatori. By the chairlift you can arrive to the summit of Mottarone (1491m).
The Angera Rocca by car 14km, then by boat Arona-Angera. A medieval fortress from which it's possible to enjoy a wonderful sight of the lake and the little town of Arona inside La Rocca is the museum of the Dolls and Toys.
Eremo (monastery) of Santa Caterina (by car 28 km and by boat Arona_ Stresa_ Eremo di St. Caterina). A monastery built on a cliff on the lake, a striking and fascinating view, a real balcony on the Borromeo Islands.