Northern Italian lakes to Swiss Alpine Zermatt Train Holiday Travel
While travelling from norther Italy to Switzerland by you can relax and watch the world go by instead of driving or spending too much time at airports - without seeing the real Europe as it's been for centuries.
European trains are fast and well-connected in the 21st century. A flexible Eurail pass can give train travellers a wonderful, good value European holiday.
There is no better place in Italy than
Lombardy region of northern Italy to start your exciting train travel around the Italian Lakes. After you've explored the wonders of Como including Villa d'Este, Bellagio and Menaggio, head west by train towards Lake Maggiore.
Lake Maggiore also supports wonderful little towns around its banks.
Make sure you stop at
Stresa with its pretty
cobbled streets and cute ferries to three islands on the lake, including Isola Bella owned by
an old Italian family which allows visitors to see its grand buildings and grounds.
Isola Bella is listed as one of the thousand places in the world to see in your life.
As you venture onwards by train through this beautiful scenery,
you'll find the attractive lake town of
Lugano, Switzerland but so near to Italy that it still feels Italian in atmosphere and
temperament. Lugano is even prettier than nearby Locarno because of its location at the bottom of a
mountain on the lake.
In Zermatt, stay at the new Cervo Hotel, an alpine lodge with a fantastic restaurant serving fresh local produce. Cervo is the Italian name for deer, and here you'll meet the charismatic owner Daniel F. Lauber, who is as charming as he is talented.
The fresh venison in the restaurant here is literally out of this world, while the fish is also locally sourced and superb. You can also relax by the roaring open fire as local musicians entertain you. Daniel's partner and chef Seraina Muller uses organic produce where possible, and this really adds to making a stay at Zermatt one of the world's best holidays.
Zermatt, you can take the famous Glacier express from Switzerland's
west right across the Swiss alps to the ski resort of
Moritz on the other side of Switzerland in the east. This is a spectacular European alpine train travel through some of the world's best scenery, with huge panoramic
windows that even allow you to look up through glass to see the mountain tops above you.
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