16 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

16 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly + Train:  17 h 15 min
1
Stresa, Italy
— 8 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Locarno, Switzerland
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h 15 min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

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. Get out of town with these interesting Stresa side-trips: Angera (Rocca Borromeo, Distilleria Rossi d’Angera, &more), Lago Maggiore (in Verbania) and Cannobio (Collegiata San Vittore Martire & Orrido di sant'anna). There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Palazzo Borromeo, head off the coast to Isole Borromee, take some stellar pictures from Alpyland Mottarone, and steep yourself in history at Isola Bella.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Stresa vacation builder.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Stresa is an approximately 17.5- hour combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Stresa. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, things will get a bit warmer in Stresa: highs are around 33°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Locarno.

Things to do in Stresa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lake Maggiore, Arona, Verbania, Baveno, Lake Maggiore
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Palazzo Borromeo ©
Palazzo Borromeo
Alpyland Mottarone ©
Alpyland Mottarone
Park Pallavicino ©
Park Pallavicino

6
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.
Take a break from Locarno with a short trip to Cardada in Orselina, about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at Falconeria Locarno, see human ingenuity at work at Verzasca Dam, get interesting insight from Tours, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Michele.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Locarno trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Stresa to Locarno takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Locarno

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Ascona, Orselina, Chiesa di San Lorenzo
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Falconeria Locarno ©
Falconeria Locarno
Verzasca Dam ©
Verzasca Dam
Lido Locarno ©
Lido Locarno

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