12 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

12 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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12 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + Train:  26 h
1
Stresa, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Locarno, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  28 h
End: Sydney, Australia

4
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chiesa di San Vittore and Santuario della SS. Pieta. Appreciate the collections at Museo Internazionale Design Ceramico and Museo Civico Archeologico. Get out of town with these interesting Stresa side-trips: Riserva Naturale Speciale del Sacro Monte della SS. Trinita (in Ghiffa), Pista Ciclo-Pedonale Cittiglio - Laveno Mombello (in Cittiglio) and Il Centro Storico Laveno-Mombello (in Laveno-Mombello). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Borromeo Palace, get outside with Suna Beach - Pool & Lounge Bar, explore the historical opulence of Castelli di Cannero, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sacro Monte di Ghiffa.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Stresa road trip tool .

Sydney, Australia to Stresa is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Stresa is minus 9 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in January, with highs in Stresa at 9°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Locarno.

Things to do in Stresa

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Maggiore, Arona, Verbania, Ghiffa, Castelli di Cannero
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Chiesa di San Vittore ©
Chiesa di San Vittore
Museo Internazionale Design Ceramico ©
Il Centro Storico Laveno-Mombello ©
Il Centro Storico Laveno-Mombello

5
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.
Get outdoors at Cimetta and Lido Brissago. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Visconteo Castle and Pinacoteca Casa Rusca. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Ghisla Art Collection, don't miss a visit to Parrocchia Cattolica S. Antonio Abate, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa dei Santi Pietro e Paolo, and explore the world behind art at Museo Comunale d'Arte Moderna.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Locarno trip planner .

You can drive from Stresa to Locarno in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a train. In January in Locarno, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Locarno

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Ascona, Brissago
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Cimetta ©
Cimetta
Fondazione Monte Verita ©
Fondazione Monte Verita
Museo Comunale d'Arte Moderna ©
Museo Comunale d'Arte Moderna

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