23 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

23 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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23 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly + train:  17​h
1
Stresa, Italy
— 12 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Locarno, Switzerland
— 9 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: San Francisco, United States

12
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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Stresa: Museo Gottard Park (in Castelletto sopra Ticino), Angera (Distilleria Rossi d’Angera & Rocca Borromeo) and Parco dei Lagoni di Mercurago (in Dormelletto). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Palazzo Borromeo, admire the natural beauty at Giardino Botanico Alpinia, take some stellar pictures from Alpyland Mottarone, and step off the mainland to explore Isola Bella.

For traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Stresa vacation planning app .

San Francisco, USA to Stresa is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Stresa. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Stresa, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Locarno.

Things to do in Stresa

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Lake Maggiore, Verbania, Arona, Baveno, Ghiffa
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Palazzo Borromeo ©
Palazzo Borromeo
Alpyland Mottarone ©
Alpyland Mottarone
Park Pallavicino ©
Park Pallavicino

9
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 out of Locarno with an excursion to Cardada in Orselina--about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Falconeria Locarno, head outdoors with Scuola Nautica Sonia, look for all kinds of wild species at Naturreservat Bolle die Magadino, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Michele.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Locarno travel planner.

You can drive from Stresa to Locarno in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Locarno can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Locarno

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Ascona, Brissago, Orselina, OnArte, Sake Golf
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Falconeria Locarno ©
Falconeria Locarno
Verzasca Dam ©
Verzasca Dam
Lido Locarno ©
Lido Locarno

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