10 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

10 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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10 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
Fly + Train:  6 h 15 min
1
Stresa, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Locarno, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  9 h 30 min
End: Paris, France

5
nights
Stresa, Italy

Stresa ©
Stresa is a town and comune of about 5,000 residents on the shores of Lake Maggiore in the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, about 90km northwest of Milan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Stresa: Parco dei Lagoni di Mercurago (in Dormelletto), Lago Maggiore (in Verbania) and Angera (Enoteca Savini & Rocca Borromeo). There's much more to do: view the masterpieces at Palazzo Borromeo, get great views at Vetta di Mottarone, step off the mainland to explore Island of the Fishermen (Isola dei Pescatori), and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Epoque Antichita e Restauro.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Stresa journey planning site .

Paris, France to Stresa is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in July, you will find days in Stresa are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Locarno.

Things to do in Stresa

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Lake Maggiore, Verbania, Lake Maggiore, Arona, Parco dei Lagoni di Mercurago
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Palazzo Borromeo ©
Palazzo Borromeo
Alpyland Mottarone ©
Alpyland Mottarone
Park Pallavicino ©
Park Pallavicino

4
nights
Locarno, Switzerland

Locarno ©
Locarno's Mediterranean climate, palm trees, and 2,300 hours of sunlight per year make this city the warmest in Switzerland.
Change things up with a short trip to Cardada in Orselina (about 36 minutes away). There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Falconeria Locarno, cool off at Lido Locarno, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Michele, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Locarno online trip maker .

Getting from Stresa to Locarno by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August in Locarno, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. On the 5th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Locarno

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ascona, Orselina, Isole di Brissago, Chiesa di San Lorenzo
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Falconeria Locarno ©
Falconeria Locarno
Lido Locarno ©
Lido Locarno
Verzasca Dam ©
Verzasca Dam

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