13 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

13 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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13 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + Train:  26 h
1
Stresa, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Locarno, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  29 h
End: Sydney, Australia

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: Orrido di sant'anna (in Cannobio), Rocca Borromeo (in Angera) and Lago Maggiore (in Verbania). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Borromeo, get to know the resident critters at Park Pallavicino, head off the coast to Isole Borromee, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Stresa visit site .

Sydney, Australia to Stresa is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Stresa is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Sydney in July, expect Stresa to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Locarno.

Things to do in Stresa

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Lake Maggiore, Arona, Lake Maggiore, Verbania, Orrido di sant'anna
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Palazzo Borromeo ©
Palazzo Borromeo
Alpyland Mottarone ©
Alpyland Mottarone
Park Pallavicino ©
Park Pallavicino

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.
Step out of Locarno to go to Orselina and see Cardada, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Falconeria Locarno, get outside with Indepth Outthere Adventures, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Michele, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Locarno day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Stresa to Locarno takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Locarno are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Locarno

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

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

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