16 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

16 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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16 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly + Drive:  29​h
1
Locarno, Switzerland
— 6 nights
2
Stresa, Italy
— 7 nights
train + Fly:  26​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

6
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.
Take a break from Locarno with a short trip to Cardada in Orselina, about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Falconeria Locarno, don't miss a visit to Chiesa di San Francesco, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Michele, and admire the engineering at Verzasca Dam.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Locarno trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Locarno is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Locarno. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in September; daily highs in Locarno reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Stresa.

Things to do in Locarno

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ascona, Brissago, Orselina, OnArte
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Falconeria Locarno ©
Falconeria Locarno
Verzasca Dam ©
Verzasca Dam
Piazza Grande ©
Piazza Grande

7
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. Explore Stresa's surroundings by going to Mercato di Luino (in Luino), Lago Maggiore (in Verbania) and Collegiata di San Vittore (in Brezzo di Bedero). There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Palazzo Borromeo, take in nature's colorful creations at Park Pallavicino, head off the coast to Isola Bella, and step into the grandiose world of Rocca Borromeo.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Stresa trip planner.

You can drive from Locarno to Stresa in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Stresa are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Stresa

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Lake Maggiore, Baveno, Arona, Verbania, Lake Maggiore
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Palazzo Borromeo ©
Palazzo Borromeo
Park Pallavicino ©
Park Pallavicino
Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto ©

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