15 days in Portofino & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

15 days in Portofino & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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15 days in Portofino & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  20 h
1
Portofino, Italy
— 6 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
2
Locarno, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
3
Lake Maggiore, Italy
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  16 h 30 min
End: New York City, United States

6
nights
Portofino, Italy

Portofino ©
Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Camogli - San Rocco - Batterie - San Fruttuoso Trail will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Baia di Paraggi and Piazza Martiri Dell'Olivetta. Explore Portofino's surroundings by going to Sestri Levante (Hike the Punta Manara, Bagni Segesta, & more), Parco Avventura Val Di Vara (in Tavarone) and Parco Regionale dell'Aveto (in Borzonasca). The adventure continues: enjoy the sea views from Faro di Portofino, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica DI Santa Maria Assunta, trek along Camogli - San Rocco - Punta Chiappa Trail, and stroll through San Michele di Pagana.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Portofino vacation site .

New York City, USA to Portofino is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Portofino can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Locarno.

Things to do in Portofino

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Camogli, Sestri Levante, San Michele di Pagana, Parco Avventura Val Di Vara, Blackwave
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Area Marina Protetta Portofino ©
Area Marina Protetta Portofino
Baia del Silenzio ©
Baia del Silenzio
San Michele di Pagana ©
San Michele di Pagana

2
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cimetta and Isole di Brissago. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lido Locarno and Cardada. There's lots more to do: admire the engineering at Verzasca Dam, get to know the resident critters at Falconeria Locarno, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso, and make a trip to Piazza Grande.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Locarno route maker site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Portofino to Locarno. Traveling from Portofino in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Locarno, with lows of 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lake Maggiore.

Things to do in Locarno

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Ascona, Orselina, Isole di Brissago
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Falconeria Locarno ©
Falconeria Locarno
Cardada ©
Cardada
Cimetta ©
Cimetta

4
nights
Lake Maggiore, Italy

Lake Maggiore ©
Step out of the city life by going to Spiaggia di Cerro and Suna Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Isole Borromee and Chiesa di Madonna di Campagna. Get out of town with these interesting Lake Maggiore side-trips: Monumento al Mulo (in Stresa), Orrido di sant'anna (in Cannobio) and Palazzo Borromeo (in Isola Bella).

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lake Maggiore trip planner .

Traveling by car from Locarno to Lake Maggiore takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Lake Maggiore are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lake Maggiore

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Verbania, Stresa, Isola Bella, Orrido di sant'anna, Piazza della Chiesa
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Isole Borromee ©
Isole Borromee
Suna Beach - Pool & Lounge Bar ©
Suna Beach - Pool & Lounge Bar
Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella

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