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Trip report - Switzerland and north Italy

Trip report - Switzerland and north Italy

Old Jun 25th, 2023, 12:09 AM
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So wonderful to see these photos! I wish I had been able to go there but now it seems too far away!!
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Old Jun 25th, 2023, 05:05 AM
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Such glorious pictures! What an amazing trip!

Every time I’ve come back to your TR, I mean to post, only there are 2 dozen more posts with photos to look at and somehow, I haven’t been able to keep up! Beautiful trip.
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Old Jun 26th, 2023, 07:16 AM
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Day 35 : Corvara, Italy
Another beautiful sunny day today.

DH keen for more urban sights, so decided on bus to lovely Brunico (I’ve been before)

However, after past 5 days of ongoing roadworks and our bus stop in use despite having digger in action, a temporary bus stop seems to have been placed up the road - so, the bus sailed right on past.
Okay, so replan…..I opted to solo trip back up Boť, then Vallon chairlift to the Franz Costner rifugio.


Lots of real hikers trekking up the mountainside stopping at the little lake Boť then on to Franz Kostner, and some beyond.


The scree looks tricky and the descent hard on knees, glad I wasn’t attempting it.


I’m not a hiker, this was a ‘sightseeing the easy way’ day.


At Vallon top station, it’s a short easy walk to the rifugio.











Lake Boe on the way up



Franz Kostner rifugio
















can only just see hikers on the trails













trail on the scree on left



Hikers at bottom of photo on trail




























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Old Jun 27th, 2023, 05:32 AM
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Don't think I"d want to hike on that scree either...an accident waiting to happen..and I'm accident prone enough as it is.

Looks like another beauty of a day.
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Old Jun 27th, 2023, 07:25 AM
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Stormbird, on this map you can see the trail above Edelweiss then branches off to Col Pradat, that’s the one we did.

Uphill on trail 4, then branched off on trail 7

Another option we would have liked to take the Frara chairlift/ cablecar up towards Jimmi hut - although that lift not open until July, so would need to hike there, could then walk to Dantercepies lift and gondola down to Selva.
Colfosco looks a good base, I’d suggest finding accommodation one street back from main road.

This is a motorbike and sport car area - these passes are busy!

So, my cousin stayed at Hotel Table in Corvara, right on the roundabout, lots of roadworks and footpath repair, so many motorbikes roaring past, we counted 11 Lamborghinis in a row one morning and the bus of course, it’s no place for a quiet restorative drink, I tell you.
But off the main road, it is quiet.
All the villages have hotels on the main road, so just avoid them, I think.


Day 36 : Corvara, Italy
Time to go to Brunico (Bruneck).


An hour by bus, through gorgeous countryside.
I’d visited in 2019, was sure DH would love it.
The medieval town gates, the castle, churches, nice shops and restaurants, colourful facades. So charming.

We had a relaxing time ambling around the streets, and having lunch.

It has a nice vibe, a very pleasant town.

Good transport options, with the train station and bus lines.



One of 4 gates

Store window displays are so pretty

And this entrance so sweet :








































We returned by bus on the same route, but I jumped off at St Lorenzen, Altenheim, because I spotted a covered wooden bridge, and what looked to be a sweet village on our way to Brunico, so noted it to visit on the return bus.




























Bit a of wander and then I walked to the next tiny village, Pflaurenz, with its’ old water mill still in action.

No tourists or Lamborghinis there, lol.

Quite warm, 30C.


















Took next bus to Corvara from there.



Views on way home…











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Day 37 : Corvara, Italy
Today we bussed to Badia, and walked to Lech da Sompunt / Lago Sompunt, a pleasant uphill 30 min walk above Badia, passing homes and farms, a tiny chapel, farmers working in fields.




Badia, you can see where we walked down into Badia from other direction last week










Tiny chapel, seating for 6 or 8


Working farms on the way


Farm cubby house and playground



Arrived at the lovely little lake, in forest and with fabulous mountain reflections.







Enjoyed lunch there, and returned to Badia.



the return walk:










There were lots of interesting and unexpected sculptures at this farm







The valley is preparing for the Maratona dles Dolomites - Enel on Sunday, a road bike marathon with 9000 participating. Along with all the roadworks, there is temporary stands and stalls being erected.
It’s starting to get busy here.

We leave for Munich tomorrow.

There won’t be sightseeing, I’ll be catching up with Fodorite swandav, and preparing myself for the long haul return flights and return to work.


So I’ll sign off now.

Thanks to those who’ve helped directly with planning, or indirectly, through trip reports and posts.

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Absolutely gorgeous! I'm going to miss your travels. And by the way, I would not have done that scree either! Insane.

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Over so soon?
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Oooooooh my. What a gorgeous little lake. Such charming villages. Your research really paid off. Your hikes were stunning.

Thanks so much for taking the time to take us along!

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It has been a wonderful journey and thank you so much for taking us with you!! Swandav - see you in October!
Adelaidean and husband - safe travels home to Oz. Come back again soon please!!
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Ade, you seem to have saved your best for last! That initial enlarged shot was lovely.
I too am tryna' get my head around those temperatures.
Btw, fantastic idea to include the map. Was going to do same in the Mt. Tremblant section of our Montreal TR.
Dunno, maybe Fodors would consider making these kinds of TRs as 'pinned'?

I am done. the edelweiss and the cowbell
more cowbell
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Ade, thank you for taking us to this beautiful region of the Alps. I hope your memories sweeten over time. Safe travels.
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Thank you for sharing this beautiful journey.
Our best wishes for a comfortable journey home and a happy time meeting with Swandav (as we did some years ago)!
Your tantalising trip report has spurred us into action and we now plan to head to the Dolomites in September.
Now: to re read and re enjoy.
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Old Jul 5th, 2023, 07:36 AM
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Love Fodors forums for Trip Reports. This one is outstanding! So many ideas for shorter trips and all by public transport. Thank you so much for posting.
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Just stumbled across this fantastic TR. Your pictures are just gorgeous. Thank you so much for doing it. We were in Lake Orta in May shortly before you and spent a day at Stressa. I was interested to read about all the day trips you found from there. I have been thinking about a trip to Switzerland and N.Italy for next year. Your great TR has given me some good ideas. Do you recommend the apts you stayed in? If so would you mind sharing the links.
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yestravel we liked all our accommodation, well located, quiet, good value, I tend to pre book a long way in advance and the Stresa host said hers is booked solid. Itís a fantastic apartment, spacious, right by grocery store, we could have stayed longer, thereís lots to do in that area.

Zurich : Best Western Zucherhof

Stresa https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/3619...e-3d08d1a17dd7

Locarno https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/3101...7-6e20f95f316c

Sils Maria https://www.interhome.com.au/switzer...-ch7515.649.1/

Bressanone https://www.hotelbrixen.it/en/traube/1-0.html

Corvara https://www.villaeden.com/en/information/index/1-0.html

Munich https://www.hotel-isartor.de/en/home-2/





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Thanks! This trip wont be until next year. Interesting perspective on Stressa--we loved Lake Orta and its quiet, small town. Stressa seemed so different when we went there for the day, lots of people, traffic and hustle and bustle compared to Orta. But I see from your report it makes for a great hopping off point to see more of the lake area which we didnt. We drove there inland through the mountains. Your terrific TR will be very helpful as I move forward planning next year.
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yestravel Stresa was definitely busy, but it was limited to the area around the ferry dock, and the few tiny alleys from there to the main square where the shops and restaurants were full.
We were surprised how few people explored past that. If you check a map of the Carrefour, that’s where our apartment was. We hopped off the ferry, passed the crowded alleys in 2 minutes and were in our quiet back street to enjoy an aperitif at the local wine bar in peace. It really didn’t diminish our enjoyment and I dislike crowds, as you can see as I choose villages mostly. I also need to consider transport options for daytrips, so there are compromises. But we both enjoyed Stresa, as did the family/ friend who joined us.
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Originally Posted by Adelaidean
yestravel Stresa was definitely busy, but it was limited to the area around the ferry dock, and the few tiny alleys from there to the main square where the shops and restaurants were full.
We were surprised how few people explored past that. If you check a map of the Carrefour, that’s where our apartment was. We hopped off the ferry, passed the crowded alleys in 2 minutes and were in our quiet back street to enjoy an aperitif at the local wine bar in peace. It really didn’t diminish our enjoyment and I dislike crowds, as you can see as I choose villages mostly. I also need to consider transport options for daytrips, so there are compromises. But we both enjoyed Stresa, as did the family/ friend who joined us.
I find that always to be the case in towns - walk away from the main drag/square and it’s virtually empty.
We had a car on this trip, but for next year the advantage of staying in a place with good transportation available is appealing.
Your TR certainly helped me to see all sorts of possibilities. Thanks again!

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Originally Posted by Adelaidean
yestravel Stresa was definitely busy, but it was limited to the area around the ferry dock, and the few tiny alleys from there to the main square where the shops and restaurants were full.
We were surprised how few people explored past that. If you check a map of the Carrefour, thatís where our apartment was. We hopped off the ferry, passed the crowded alleys in 2 minutes and were in our quiet back street to enjoy an aperitif at the local wine bar in peace. It really didnít diminish our enjoyment and I dislike crowds, as you can see as I choose villages mostly. I also need to consider transport options for daytrips, so there are compromises. But we both enjoyed Stresa, as did the family/ friend who joined us.
How often did you use the ferries out of Stresa?

I'm going to be staying there for 5 nights in a couple of weeks.

I think the only place I'd go is Laveno. I am considering driving up to Locarno for the day, as well as visit Mottarone and then down to Orta San Giuglio.

Of course the Isole Borromeo as well.
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