8 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

8 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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8 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Fly + Drive:  7 h 30 min
1
Lake Maggiore, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  45 min
2
Locarno, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  10 h
End: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

4
nights
Lake Maggiore, Italy

Lake Maggiore ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lake Maggiore: Alpyland Mottarone (in Stresa), Statue of San Carlone (in Arona) and Palazzo Borromeo (in Isola Bella).

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Lake Maggiore trip maker.

Edinburgh, UK to Lake Maggiore is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Edinburgh in July, expect Lake Maggiore to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Locarno.

Things to do in Lake Maggiore

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Stresa, Verbania, Lake Maggiore, Baveno, Statue of San Carlone
Highlights from your plan
Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella
Isola Madre ©
Isola Madre
Rocca Borromeo ©
Rocca Borromeo

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.
When in Locarno, make a side trip to see Cardada in Orselina, approximately Orselina away. There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Falconeria Locarno, make a trip to Lungolago Di Ascona, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta, and cool off at Lido Locarno.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Locarno trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Lake Maggiore to Locarno by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Locarno

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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