Varese, land of experiences

Palazzo Estense and Gardens

One of the public buildings in Varese that is well worth a visit is Palazzo Estense, which was the summer and autumn residence and court of Francesco III d'Este, the Duke of Modena and Lord of Varese. It was built to the designs of the architect Bianchi in the second half of the eighteenth century. The “Salone Estense” (Estense Hall) with its large fireplace made from multicoloured marble is quite stunning. Palazzo Estense is now the Town Hall.

Behind the palace are the Estensi Gardens, one of the most charming public parks in Italy, which were built in the same style as the gardens of the Schönbrunn Palace, in Vienna, and finished in 1787.


ADDRESS: Via Luigi Sacco, 5  - Varese 

OPENING HOURS spring/summer: 8am - 8pm  //  fall/winter: 8am - 6pm

TICKETS: free entry to the gardens. Palazzo Estense not open to visits. 

 Dog of all sizes allowed in leash in the gardens and in the dog area near the mini golf in compliance with the hygiene and public safety rules*

*Information by the Local Municipality. For any other question please check the Municipality guidelines


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