15 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

15 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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Stresa, Italy
— 8 nights
Drive
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Ascona, Switzerland
— 6 nights
Drive to Zürich Airport, Fly to Austin

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Stresa, Italy — 8 nights

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: Lungolago Arona (in Arona), Angera (Santuario della Madonna della Riva, Rocca Borromeo, &more) and Lungolago (in Ispra). There's much more to do: view the masterpieces at Palazzo Borromeo, head off the coast to Isola Bella, admire the natural beauty at Giardino Botanico Alpinia, and take in the pleasant sights at Vetta di Mottarone.

For where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Stresa trip planner.

Austin, USA to Stresa is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 7 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Austin in July: high temperatures in Stresa hover around 85°F and lows are around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ascona.
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Ascona, Switzerland — 6 nights

Ascona is a municipality in the district of Locarno in the canton of Ticino in Switzerland.It is located on the shore of Lake Maggiore.The town is a popular tourist destination, and holds a yearly jazz festival, the Ascona Jazz Festival.HistoryPrehistoric AsconaThe oldest archaeological finds in Ascona go back to the beginnings of Late Bronze Age. Ascona is known for sightseeing, adventure, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Piazza G. Motta, cool off at Lido Locarno, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Falconeria Locarno, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa dei Santi Pietro e Paolo.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Ascona holiday planner.

You can drive from Stresa to Ascona in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Ascona are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites
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