9 days in Italy & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

9 days in Italy & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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9 days in Italy & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  11​h
1
Venice
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Orta San Giulio
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Stresa
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
4
Milan
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Newark


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2
nights
Venice

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Venice is known for historic sites, nature, museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Canal Grande, make a trip to Piazza San Marco, browse the exhibits of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice driving holiday planner.

Newark, USA to Venice is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Newark to Venice, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Venice are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Orta San Giulio.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

1
night
Orta San Giulio

Orta San Giulio ©
Orta San Giulio is a town and comune (municipality) in the Province of Novara in the Italian region of Piedmont, located about 100km northeast of Turin and about 40km northwest of Novara.The town itself is built on a promontory which juts out from the eastern bank of Lake Orta close to Isola San Giulio, an island which also falls within the municipal boundaries. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): have fun at Lido di Meina Piscina 1, then learn about winemaking at Azienda Vitivinicola Fontechiara, and then experience rural life at Azienda Agricola L'Agrifoglio.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Orta San Giulio vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Venice to Orta San Giulio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daytime highs in Orta San Giulio are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Stresa.

Things to do in Orta San Giulio

Fun & Games Wineries

Side Trips

Azienda Vitivinicola Fontechiara, Azienda Agricola L'Agrifoglio, Lido di Meina Piscina 1
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Lido di Meina Piscina 1 ©
Lido di Meina Piscina 1
Azienda Agricola L'Agrifoglio ©
Azienda Agricola L'Agrifoglio

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nights
Stresa

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. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Palazzo Borromeo, make a trip to Le Ville di Ravello, then take in the waterfront at Cantiere Nautico Semprinia Srl, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Parrochiale dei Santi Gervaso e Protaso. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Villa Ducale, look for gifts at Profumo di Stresa, and then take in the waterfront at Lungolago di Arona.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Stresa sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Orta San Giulio to Stresa in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in September, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Stresa

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Baveno, Lungolago di Arona, Villa Rufolo
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Palazzo Borromeo ©
Palazzo Borromeo
Villa Rufolo ©
Villa Rufolo
Cantiere Nautico Semprinia Srl ©
Cantiere Nautico Semprinia Srl

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nights
Milan

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo, then explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, and finally stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca di Brera and then see the interesting displays at Castello Sforzesco.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Milan vacation planner .

Take a train from Stresa to Milan in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

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