31 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland), Lake Garda & Vatican City Itinerary

31 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland), Lake Garda & Vatican City Itinerary

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Fly to Malpensa International Airport, Drive to Lake Maggiore
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Lake Maggiore, Italy
— 6 nights
Drive
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Locarno, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive
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Riva Del Garda, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sirmione, Italy
— 6 nights
Fly
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Vatican City, Italy
— 9 nights
Drive to Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, Fly to Riyadh

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Lake Maggiore, Italy

— 6 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lake Maggiore: Orrido di sant'anna (in Cannobio), Palazzo Borromeo (in Isola Bella) and Verbania (Riserva Naturale Speciale di Fondotoce & Sapori d'Italia, Lago Maggiore).

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lake Maggiore road trip website.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Lake Maggiore is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Riyadh to Lake Maggiore is minus 2 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Riyadh in August, with highs in Lake Maggiore at 33°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Locarno.

Things to do in Lake Maggiore

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Locarno, Switzerland

— 4 nights
Locarno's Mediterranean climate, palm trees, and 2,300 hours of sunlight per year make this city the warmest in Switzerland.
Locarno is known for zoos & aquariums, theme parks, and baths. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Michele, take in the awesome beauty at Cardada, make a splash at Lido Locarno, and stop by La Casa Del Te.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Locarno vacation tool.

You can drive from Lake Maggiore to Locarno in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Riva Del Garda.

Things to do in Locarno

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Riva Del Garda, Italy

— 5 nights
Riva del Garda is a town and comune in the northern Italian province of Trento of the Trentino Alto Adige region. Change things up with a short trip to Parasailing & Paragliding in Malcesine (about 36 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: hike along Punta Larici, don't miss a visit to Torre Apponale, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish Church of Santa Maria Assunta, and stroll through Spiaggia Fonte Torrente San Giovanni.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Riva Del Garda online trip planner.

You can drive from Locarno to Riva Del Garda in 4 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Riva Del Garda can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sirmione.

Things to do in Riva Del Garda

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sirmione, Italy

— 6 nights
Sirmione is a comune in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy (northern Italy). Explore Sirmione's surroundings by going to Garda (Punta di San Vigilio, Lago di Garda, &more), Lazise (Tinazzi, Mura di Lazise, &more) and Villa Calicantus (in Calmasino). Pack the 20th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Gardaland Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Castello Scaligero, examine the collection at Centro Studi sul periodo storico della RSI, explore the activities along Lago di Garda, and do a tasting at Cascina Maddalena.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sirmione driving holiday app.

Drive from Riva Del Garda to Sirmione in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Vatican City.

Things to do in Sirmione

Parks · Theme Parks · Wineries · Nature

Side Trips

Vatican City, Italy

— 9 nights

City of Seven Hills

Covering 44 hectares (110 acres) in the city center of Rome, the wall-enclosed sovereign state of Vatican City is one of the most famous religious sites worldwide, serving as the papal residence and home of the Roman Catholic church.
Change things up with these side-trips from Vatican City: Norcineria Castelli (in Genzano di Roma), Spas (in Ciampino) and Castel Gandolfo (Le Ninfe, Lake Albano, &more). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, explore the different monuments and memorials at Vatican Necropolis, browse the exhibits of Vatican Museums, and examine the collection at Stanze di Raffaello.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Vatican City trip planner.

You can fly from Sirmione to Vatican City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Vatican City sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vatican City

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips