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: Newark, United States
Fly + Drive:  16 h 30 min
1
Stresa, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Locarno, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Newark, United States

3
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. Chiesa di San Vittore and Santuario della SS. Pieta are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Lungolago Stresa and Borromeo Palace. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Stresa: Laveno-Mombello (Museo Internazionale Design Ceramico & Il Centro Storico Laveno-Mombello), Santuario della Madonna della Riva (in Angera) and Parco dei Lagoni di Mercurago (in Dormelletto). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Marta, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Giulia, look for gifts at Luigi Guffanti, and admire the masterpieces at Museo del Paesaggio.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Stresa trip itinerary app .

Newark, USA to Stresa is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in April, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Locarno.

Things to do in Stresa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Lake Maggiore, Verbania, Arona, Ghiffa, Santuario della SS. Pieta
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Chiesa di San Vittore ©
Chiesa di San Vittore
Museo Internazionale Design Ceramico ©
Borromeo Palace ©
Borromeo Palace

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cimetta and Piazza G. Motta. Ghisla Art Collection and Pinacoteca Casa Rusca are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: walk around Parco delle Camelie, gain insight at Centro Dannemann, putt your heart out at Minigolf Ascona, and make a trip to Chiesa di San Francesco.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Locarno day trip planner .

Drive from Stresa to Locarno in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Locarno are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Locarno

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Ascona, Centro Dannemann
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Cimetta ©
Cimetta
Fondazione Monte Verita ©
Fondazione Monte Verita
Pinacoteca Casa Rusca ©
Pinacoteca Casa Rusca

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