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Trip report - Switzerland and north Italy

Old Nov 18th, 2023, 01:33 PM
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yestravel I’m also so confused when I start my planning, finding the ‘right’ base for my needs is important to me, and my comments about Stresa vs Baveno were related to the ferry schedule. The crowds in Stresa didn’t affect us really, we were not there during the day, and the ferry hopping day trippers seem to just pop in for lunch and shopping. As neckervd points out, there’s loads to experience in the area, we could have stayed longer, and we could have based elsewhere, I did want to visit Macugnaga and Cannobio (gorge walk and the town) and the villages along the Centovalli and the Simplon area and Arona….sigh….

I was also initially conflicted about Locarno as a base, and it was a perfect choice, apartment near a grocery store, the central bus stop, and the train station, which led to so many incredible day excursions. It’s such a relief when the decision works out.

TDudette I’m widening my scope next year, adding France instead of Italy.
Again, hoping my choice of bases is right for me 🤞
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Old Nov 18th, 2023, 02:35 PM
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Originally Posted by neckervd
Be aware that Domodssola (markets on Saturday) is a excellent transport hub for day trips to Macugnaga, Val Formazza, Antronapiana, Simplon Pass area, Brig and surroundings, Re sanctuary, Piana Vigezzo, Locarno, Verbania, Baveno, Stresa , Lake Orta, Milan....... But the city itself can easily be visited in half a day. Despite the excellent fotos of Adelaiden and Melnq....
I am looking at google maps to get from Domodssola to some of the places you mention. Its not showing routes with transit or they are like 3 hours which for me is too long for a day trip. What am I missing?
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Macugnaga (1300 m above sea level): 1 hr 15 min by bus, 7times daily


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Old Nov 19th, 2023, 08:04 AM
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Macugnaga (1300 m above sea level): 1 hr 15 min by bus, 7times daily

Thank you! What app do I use? I was looking at Google maps and wasnt finding anything.
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Old Nov 19th, 2023, 08:06 AM
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Monte Moro Pass, 1 hr 40 min by bus and cableway from Domodossola (via Macugnaga Staffa), July/August plus weekends in September

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Old Nov 19th, 2023, 08:23 AM
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Timetables: https://www.comazzibus.com/linee_orari.php
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Ponte Formazza, 1 hr by bus from Domodossola
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Riale, Val Formaggia, 1 hr 20 min by bus from Domodossola, July-August only
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Thanks so much! I appreciate it.
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Old Nov 20th, 2023, 02:34 AM
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All about Domodossola and it's valleys:
https://www.visitossola.it/en/ (with tons of useful links)
https://english.santamariamaggiore.info/

Piana di Vigezzo: https://www.visitossola.it/en/poi/pi...zo-ski-resort/
The gondola runs continuously in July/August and about every hr or every 30 min for Easter until September.
The gondola station is half an hr on foot from Sta Maria railway station (no convenient bus). You can shorten this walk if you leave Domodossola by 7.52 train (the only one which stops on request at Prestinone SSIF, 15 min from the cableway).
Timetables Valle Vigezzo:
https://www.vigezzinacentovalli.com/...izi/orari.html load down "Treni internazianali e treni locali italiani"
Prontobus in Valle Vigezzo - Santa Maria Maggiore


Piana di Vigezzo
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