In September 1918, after been injured while delivering cigarettes and chocolates to front line troops, a 19 year old american soldier
was given 10 day Convalesce-Pass and headed for Stresa.
He checked into room 106 at the Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees,
with a friend, nurse Agnes von Kurowsky.
In a letter to his parents he wrote “I’m up here in Stresa, a little resort on Lake Maggiore. One of the most beautiful Italian lakes.”
In 1948, on a return visit, the same man signed the guest book: “Ernest Hemingway (an old client)”
In A Farewell to Arms his alter-ego Frederick Henry and his lover Nurse Catherine Barkley spend a few days at the Hotel
(See also “I miss Italian lakes – 1 – 2 – 3”