32 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

32 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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32 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

Start: Portland, United States
Fly + Drive:  18​h 15​min
1
Lake Maggiore, Italy
— 17 nights
2
Locarno, Switzerland
— 12 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Portland, United States

17
nights
Lake Maggiore, Italy

Lake Maggiore ©
Get a sense of the local culture at Rocca Borromeo and Palazzo Borromeo. Isola Madre and Collegiata di San Vittore will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Lake Maggiore side-trips: Stresa (Lungolago, The Chestnut Route, & more), Arona (Parco della Rocca Borromea, Chiesa dei S.S. Martiri, & more) and Verbania (Sapori d'Italia, Lago Maggiore, Riserva Naturale Speciale di Fondotoce, & more).

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lake Maggiore visit app .

Portland, USA to Lake Maggiore is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Portland in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Lake Maggiore, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Locarno.

Things to do in Lake Maggiore

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Verbania, Stresa, Arona, Baveno, Ghiffa
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Isola Madre ©
Isola Madre
Palazzo Borromeo ©
Palazzo Borromeo
Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella

12
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.
Visit Chiesa di San Michele and Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ghisla Art Collection and Collegiata di San Vittore. Step out of Locarno with an excursion to Cardada in Orselina--about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Indepth Outthere Adventures, take a leisurely stroll along Porto Regionale di Locarno SA, look for all kinds of wild species at Naturreservat Bolle die Magadino, and get to know the resident critters at Falconeria Locarno.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Locarno holiday planning website .

You can drive from Lake Maggiore to Locarno in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or ride a ferry. In July in Locarno, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Locarno

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Ascona, Brissago, Orselina, Losone, Botanischer Garten Gambarogno
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Cardada ©
Cardada
Chiesa di San Michele ©
Chiesa di San Michele

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