I hope my whole Q will show.. Each time I write they are cut in the middle.
On a 2 weeks trip to North Italy we have a few nights in Verbania on maggiore lake.
I had in mind spending one day in Locarno area, I think my plan is too hectic; I need your suggestions what to give up…
Travel from Verbania to Locarno – continue to Verzassca valley, till Sonogno at the end and back – with some stops to tour the valley , but not long walks.
Then return lo Locarno, go to Madonna del Sasso by funicular or by car (is it possible? Is there a parking?) Continue to Cardada and maybe Cimeta stations, enjoy the view, maybe make short hikes, return to the Church and explore it, then descend to the city and take the Centovalley Train route but do it by car,,,up to Domodossola, and from there return to Verbania.,
The original plan was to take the train to Sta Maria Maggiore and back, but I read recommendations of doing it by car, easier to stop at any village and tour around without waiting for the train, and in the end returning directly to Verbania. No need to do the way back again to Locarno. The driver is a very good one.
This whole plan is more than 4 hours by google maps, it might be too much for one day so :
Shall I give up Verzasca ?
Give up the Madonna del Sasso or the Cardada (we'll have plenty of funicular and high mountains in Italy)
If I shall do it , by car or by train…if I choose train I certainly need to cut other places, it will take a cupple of hours.
Visit Ascona instead of some other place?
I'm not going to purchase the swiss permit for motorways, so take that in count. (it's not worth for a cupple of hours) I can't go on motorways – and I sure hope I didn't plan a road including them , I thought I didn't.
The area norther of Verbania Villa Taranto, Cannobio, Santa Ana canyon is for another's day plan.
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