14 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

14 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly + Drive:  15 h 30 min
1
Locarno, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Stresa, Italy
— 7 nights
Train + Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Toronto, Canada

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 some historical perspective at Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso and Chiesa di San Lorenzo. Discover out-of-the-way places like Falconeria Locarno and Cimetta. Change things up with a short trip to Cardada in Orselina (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Michele, stroll around Parco delle Camelie, examine the collection at Ghisla Art Collection, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Locarno driving holiday planner.

Toronto, Canada to Locarno is an approximately 15.5- hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Locarno due to the time zone difference. In August in Locarno, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Stresa.

Things to do in Locarno

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ascona, Orselina, Losone, OnArte
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Cimetta ©
Cimetta
Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso ©
Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso
Chiesa di San Michele ©
Chiesa di San Michele

7
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. Get some historical perspective at Palazzo Borromeo and Chiesa di San Vittore. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Piccolo Cimitero and Il Centro Storico di Arona. Explore Stresa's surroundings by going to Angera (Distilleria Rossi d’Angera, Rocca Borromeo, &more), Laveno-Mombello (Il Centro Storico Laveno-Mombello & Spiaggia di Cerro) and Lago Maggiore (in Verbania). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Santi Ambrogio e Theodolo, step off the mainland to explore Isola Bella, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Epoque Antichita e Restauro, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Stresa holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Locarno to Stresa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Stresa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lake Maggiore, Verbania, Arona, Lake Maggiore, Ghiffa
Highlights from your plan
Chiesa di San Vittore ©
Chiesa di San Vittore
Il Centro Storico Laveno-Mombello ©
Il Centro Storico Laveno-Mombello
Borromeo Palace ©
Borromeo Palace

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