17 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

17 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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17 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + Train:  26 h
1
Stresa, Italy
— 8 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Locarno, Switzerland
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  29 h
End: Sydney, Australia

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. Change things up with these side-trips from Stresa: Laveno-Mombello (Madonna del Calciatore, Il Centro Storico Laveno-Mombello, & more), Orrido di sant'anna (in Cannobio) and Luino (Pista ciclo-pedonale Luino-Valcuvia & Mercato di Luino). There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Palazzo Borromeo, head off the coast to Isola Madre, get to know the resident critters at Park Pallavicino, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Isola Bella.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Stresa trip itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Stresa is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Stresa due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Locarno.

Things to do in Stresa

Parks Historic Sites 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.
Go for a jaunt from Locarno to Orselina to see Cardada about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at Falconeria Locarno, see human ingenuity at work at Verzasca Dam, take a leisurely stroll along Porto Regionale di Locarno SA, and don't miss a visit to Piazza Grande.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Locarno travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Stresa to Locarno takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a train. In September in Locarno, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 16th (Wed).

Things to do in Locarno

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ascona, Orselina, Isole di Brissago
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Falconeria Locarno ©
Falconeria Locarno
Verzasca Dam ©
Verzasca Dam
Lido Locarno ©
Lido Locarno

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