15 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

15 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly + Train:  12 h 45 min
1
Stresa, Italy
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Locarno, Switzerland
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Toronto, Canada

6
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 cultural insight at Palazzo Borromeo and Isola Madre. Get some historical perspective at Isola Bella and Rocca Borromeo. Change things up with these side-trips from Stresa: Spiaggia di Cerro (in Laveno-Mombello), Lago Maggiore (in Verbania) and Collegiata di San Vittore (in Brezzo di Bedero). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at La Cambusa, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto, sample the fine beverages at Distilleria Rossi d’Angera, and head off the coast to Island of the Fishermen (Isola dei Pescatori).

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Stresa trip itinerary planner.

Toronto, Canada to Stresa is an approximately 12- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Stresa. September in Stresa sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Locarno.

Things to do in Stresa

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Maggiore, Verbania, Lake Maggiore, Arona, Chiesa Vecchia dedicata a Santa Maria
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Palazzo Borromeo ©
Palazzo Borromeo
Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella
Rocca Borromeo ©
Rocca Borromeo

7
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 cultural insight at Chiesa di San Michele and Visconteo Castle. Visit Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso and Chiesa di San Lorenzo for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Locarno to Orselina to see Cardada about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Falconeria Locarno, stop by La Casa Del Te, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta, and head outdoors with Cimetta.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Locarno driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Stresa to Locarno in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Locarno can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Locarno

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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