9 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

9 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly + Drive:  19 h 45 min
1
Locarno, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
2
Stresa, Italy
— 5 nights
Train + Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

1
night
Locarno, Switzerland

Locarno ©
Locarno's Mediterranean climate, palm trees, and 2,300 hours of sunlight per year make this city the warmest in Switzerland.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Falconeria Locarno, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cardada, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Michele, then tee off at Sake Golf, and then don't miss a visit to Lungolago Di Ascona.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Locarno trip planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Locarno is an approximately 19- hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Cape Town to Locarno, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Cape Town in September since evenings lows in Locarno dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Stresa.

Things to do in Locarno

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Orselina, Lungolago Di Ascona, Sake Golf
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Falconeria Locarno ©
Falconeria Locarno
Chiesa di San Michele ©
Chiesa di San Michele
Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso ©
Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso

5
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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Palazzo Borromeo and Isola Madre. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Isola Bella and Parco della Rocca Borromea. Explore Stresa's surroundings by going to Angera (Distilleria Rossi d’Angera, Rocca Borromeo, &more), Laveno-Mombello (Spiaggia di Cerro & Museo Internazionale Design Ceramico) and Lago Maggiore (in Verbania). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Vittore, step off the mainland to explore Island of the Fishermen (Isola dei Pescatori), appreciate the history behind Statue of San Carlone, and enjoy the sand and surf at Guree Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Stresa trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Locarno to Stresa in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Stresa can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Stresa

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Maggiore, Arona, Lake Maggiore, Verbania
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Palazzo Borromeo ©
Palazzo Borromeo
Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella
Rocca Borromeo ©
Rocca Borromeo

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