How to get in the upper italian lakes?
With the car
The easiest way to go to the great italian lakes is with the car. The access from middle Europe is possible trough Bern, ferry in "Lötschberg", then over the Simplon - Harbor street and finally going in the highway exit "Gravellona". Another route goes trough Gotthard, Bellizona, Locarno, Verbania to Omega, or from Bodensee, San Vernardino, Bellizona, Locarno, Verbania, Omega.
The driving time from Bern, Luzern and Zürich is about 3 to 4 hours, from Mailand 1 to 2 hours. The Orta Lake is located 70 km from the border with Switzerland and west from the Lago Maggiore.
The Orta Lake is located 80 km from Milan. From this place take the highway N, A4 (Milan/Turin) to Sesto Calende, then going to the highway N, A26 (Genova Voltri/Gravellona Toce) - Highway exit in Arona. City street N° 229, going to Borgomanero-Gozzano-Orta-San Giulio.
The fastest way to Orta Lake, from the south part of Lago Maggiore drives over the highway. From the border Como/Chiasso. In the A8 (to Milan), turn to the A26 (Varese-Genova Gravellona Toce) until the Arona exit (In the exit of Borgomanero you have passed the exit of Arona). The driving time from the border in Como/Chiasso takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
With the train
From west Europe take the train over Basel or Zürich to Bern, Lötschberg and Simplon tunnel with stop in Domodossola. From the east Europe take the train over Brenner, Verona, Milan and that stops in Novara. From south Europa take the train to Milan and Novara. The italian train stops in the stations of Omega, Pettenasco, Orta, Gozzano..
The airport in Milan - Malpensa is located 40 km from Orta, the airport from Milan - Linate at 80 km. The airport Milan- Malpensa is located 40 min. driving. From the Bergamo aiport cheap airlines offer the service to many cities of Europa.
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