15 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

15 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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15 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

Start: Durham, United States
Fly + Drive:  18 h
1
Locarno, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Stresa, Italy
— 8 nights
Drive + Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Durham, United States

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.
Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso and Pinacoteca Casa Rusca are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Falconeria Locarno and Verzasca Dam. Go for a jaunt from Locarno to Orselina to see Cardada about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: make a splash at Lido Locarno, examine the collection at Ghisla Art Collection, head off the coast to Isole di Brissago, and stroll around Parco delle Camelie.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Locarno online trip itinerary planner .

Durham, USA to Locarno is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Durham to Locarno due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Durham in June, expect Locarno to be slightly colder, temps between 79°F and 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Stresa.

Things to do in Locarno

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Ascona, Orselina, Isole di Brissago, Sake Golf
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Lido Locarno ©
Lido Locarno
Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso ©
Cardada ©
Cardada

8
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 discover tucked-away gems like Chiesa di San Vittore and Isole Borromee. Visiting Isola Bella and Pista Ciclo-Pedonale Cittiglio - Laveno Mombello will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Stresa: Chiesa di San Giuseppe (in Arona), Angera (Rocca Borromeo & Distilleria Rossi d’Angera) and Laveno-Mombello (Il Centro Storico Laveno-Mombello, Spiaggia di Cerro, & more). The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Palazzo Borromeo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario della SS. Pieta, tour the pleasant surroundings at Isola Madre, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Stresa online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Locarno to Stresa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Stresa are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Stresa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lake Maggiore, Verbania, Arona, Ghiffa, Lake Maggiore
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Chiesa di San Vittore ©
Chiesa di San Vittore
Palazzo Borromeo ©
Palazzo Borromeo
Isole Borromee ©
Isole Borromee

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