11 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

11 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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11 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

Start: Charlotte, United States
Fly + Drive:  15​h 45​min
1
Lake Maggiore, Italy
— 5 nights
2
Locarno, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h
End: Charlotte, United States

5
nights
Lake Maggiore, Italy

Lake Maggiore ©
Explore Lake Maggiore's surroundings by going to Palazzo Borromeo (in Isola Bella), Arona (Statue of San Carlone & Parco della Rocca Borromea) and Stresa (Park Pallavicino, Alpyland Mottarone, & more).

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lake Maggiore road trip planning site .

Charlotte, USA to Lake Maggiore is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Charlotte to Lake Maggiore due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Charlotte in October: highs in Lake Maggiore hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Locarno.

Things to do in Lake Maggiore

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Stresa, Verbania, Arona, Lake Maggiore, Orrido di sant'anna
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Lago Maggiore ©
Lago Maggiore
Isola Madre ©
Isola Madre
Palazzo Borromeo ©
Palazzo Borromeo

4
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 to go to Orselina and see Cardada, which is approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: meet the residents at Falconeria Locarno, see human ingenuity at work at Verzasca Dam, cool off at Lido Locarno, and don't miss a visit to Piazza G. Motta.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Locarno trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Lake Maggiore to Locarno in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. In October in Locarno, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Locarno

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Ascona, Orselina, Isole di Brissago
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Falconeria Locarno ©
Falconeria Locarno
Verzasca Dam ©
Verzasca Dam
Piazza Grande ©
Piazza Grande

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