16 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

16 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Singapore, Singapore
Fly + Train:  17 h
1
Stresa, Italy
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Locarno, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  15 min
3
Ascona, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h
End: Singapore, Singapore

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. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Spiaggia Tranquilla and Lido di Menaggio. Get a sense of the local culture at Palazzo Borromeo and Villa Carlotta. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Stresa: Orta San Giulio (Sacro Monte di Orta, San Giulio Island, &more), I Giardini di Villa Melzi (in Bellagio) and Cervino Breuil-Cervinia Ski Area (in Breuil-Cervinia). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Forte di Bard, look for gifts at La Cambusa, take in the exciting artwork at Le Ceramiche di Vezio, and do a tasting at Azienda Vitivinicola Fontechiara.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Stresa trip itinerary builder tool.

Singapore, Singapore to Stresa is an approximately 16- hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Singapore to Stresa, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Stresa to be colder, temps between 10°C and -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Locarno.

Things to do in Stresa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Orta San Giulio, Spiaggia Tranquilla, I Giardini di Villa Melzi, Cervino Breuil-Cervinia Ski Area, Forte di Bard
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Palazzo Borromeo ©
Palazzo Borromeo
Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta
Lake Orta ©
Lake Orta

3
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.
Visiting Monte San Giorgio and Lake Lugano will get you outdoors. Chiesa di San Michele and Tamborini Vini are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Locarno: Bellinzona (Castelli di Bellinzona & Castello di Montebello), Fox Town Factory Stores (in Mendrisio) and Chiesa dei Santi Fedele e Simone (in Vico Morcote). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castelgrande, engage your brain at Fossil Museum of Monte San Giorgio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Nicolao.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Locarno road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Stresa to Locarno takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Locarno can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ascona.

Things to do in Locarno

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Bellinzona, Lugano, Tamborini Vini, Monte San Giorgio, Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso
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Lake Lugano ©
Lake Lugano
Monte San Giorgio ©
Monte San Giorgio
Fox Town Factory Stores ©
Fox Town Factory Stores

3
nights
Ascona, Switzerland

Ascona ©
Ascona is a municipality in the district of Locarno in the canton of Ticino in Switzerland.It is located on the shore of Lake Maggiore.The town is a popular tourist destination, and holds a yearly jazz festival, the Ascona Jazz Festival.HistoryPrehistoric AsconaThe oldest archaeological finds in Ascona go back to the beginnings of Late Bronze Age. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Galleria Borgo, admire the masterpieces at Museo Comunale d'Arte Moderna, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa dei Santi Pietro e Paolo, don't miss a visit to Lungolago Di Ascona, then explore the historical opulence of Castelo Seeschloss, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza G. Motta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): take in the views from Ponte dei Salti, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Intragna, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Lorenzo, and finally don't miss a visit to Borgo Antico.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ascona trip itinerary planner.

Ascona is very close to Locarno. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ascona

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Ponte dei Salti, Campanile di Intragna, Borgo Antico, Chiesa di San Lorenzo, Centro Dannemann - Fabbrica Tabacchi
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Museo Comunale d'Arte Moderna ©
Museo Comunale d'Arte Moderna
Piazza G. Motta ©
Piazza G. Motta
Chiesa dei Santi Pietro e Paolo ©
Chiesa dei Santi Pietro e Paolo

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