Art and culture in Varese

A weekend break in Varese is an excellent opportunity to explore the many museums throughout the province.

A must-visit treat for children is Volandia, a museum created in the renovated workshops of the Caproni aeronautical company in Malpensa which opened in 1910. This unforgettable trip offers a glimpse into aeronautical and aerospace history with every kind of aircraft. The Ogliari Museum of Transport was also recently opened within the grounds of Volandia: steam and electric engines, trams, buses, trolleybuses, funicular carriages, horse-drawn carriages and other means of transport now have a new lease of life in the aviation museum and park which is set become a unique destination for all fans of transport history.

There are also many museums for adults to visit with highlights including the Museum of Masnago Castle, the Museum of Ceramic Design, set on the banks of Lake Maggiore, and the Doll and Toy Museum in Angera’s Borromeo Castle, as well as plenty of exhibitions throughout the province.

    Borromeo Castle, the Museum of Children’s Clothing and the Doll and Toy Museum
    Borromeo Castle, the Museum of Children’s Clothing and the Doll and Toy Museum

    Angera’s Borromeo Castle towers majestically over the southern shores of Lake Maggiore from a spur of chalky cliffs. The fortified mediaeval castle is steeped in examples of its long, illustrious history, such as the Hall of Justice with its...

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    Villa Toeplitz and the Castiglioni Museum and Park
    Villa Toeplitz and the Castiglioni Museum and Park

    Villa Toeplitz stands imposingly on a hill to the east of Sant'Ambrogio, an area of Varese at the foot of Sacro Monte. The villa is currently home to one of the decentralised branches of the University of Insubria. The park covers...

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    Masnago Castle and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
    Masnago Castle and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

    Masnago Castle features architecture from many different periods ranging from the Middle Ages to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. With a tower and splendid frescoed interiors, this mediaeval fortress feels more like a stately home than a...

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    Palazzo Estense and Gardens and Villa Mirabello Civic Archaeological Museum
    Palazzo Estense and Gardens and Villa Mirabello Civic Archaeological Museum

    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...

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    Villa Panza and the Panza Art Collection
    Villa Panza and the Panza Art Collection

    Surrounded by splendid gardens covering 33,000 sqm, Villa Panza overlooks the city of Varese from the hill known as Biumo Superiore. More than one hundred works of art by contemporary artists are displayed in the villa’s halls and large stables...

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    Sacro Monte, the Pogliaghi House Museum, Baroffio Museum and Campo dei Fiori Regional Park
    Sacro Monte, the Pogliaghi House Museum, Baroffio Museum and Campo dei Fiori Regional Park

    Sacro Monte (Sacred Mountain) is the finest example of history and art in the Varese area. It is one of the nine sites known as the Sacri Monti (Sacred Mountains) of Piedmont and Lombardy that were inscribed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage...

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    Volandia Park and the Aviation Museum (Somma Lombardo)
    Volandia Park and the Aviation Museum (Somma Lombardo)

    Volandia has a fantastic exhibition that takes visitors on a journey through the history of international aviation, with a special focus on some of the legendary companies from the Varese area, Lombardy and Italian industry. The exhibition is...

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    MA*GA Museum
    MA*GA Museum

    The MA*GA museum currently has more than 5,000 works including paintings, sculptures, installations, artists’ books, photographs, design objects and graphic works that offer visitors a comprehensive and eloquent overview of the main trends in the...

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    The Textile Museum
    The Textile Museum

    The Museum of Textiles and Industrial Traditions was opened with the aim of collecting, preserving and displaying objects, machinery, products and documents from the local textile industry and other local industries in Busto Arsizio. The museum...

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    International Museum of Ceramic Design
    International Museum of Ceramic Design

    Within the sixteenth-century Palazzo Guilizzoni (which is now known as Perabò) in Cerro is a cloister with porticoes made of granite from Baveno that houses the Civic Collection of Earthenware. The MIDeC (International Museum of Ceramic Design)...

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    Laveno Mombello
    Laveno Mombello

    Laveno is the one of the main touristic towns of the lombardian side of lake Maggiore, it is well known for its marina, link to the piemontese side. It is situated between the blue of the lake and the green of the surrounding mountains, including...

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    Birrificio Angelo Poretti
    Birrificio Angelo Poretti

    The Brewery Angelo Poretti is a pearl of the Art Nouveau style and a unicum of our land. It is situated in Induno Olona and it's a perfect combination of art and technology since the early 1900s, when the Bihl and Woltz Architecture Studio in...

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    Angera
    Angera

    The village of Angera is one of the most beautiful on the lombard shore of Lake Maggiore: it is an open-air museum that includes sites of artistic and cultural interest, environmental goods and a lakefront with beautiful landscapes. The alleys in...

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    Frera Museum
    Frera Museum

    Frera was an italian motorcycle company, open and active in Tradate, Varese from 1905 to 1936.

    The museum of the motorcycle, actually located and open in the old company factory, presents the history of Frera and it is divided into two...

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    Casa Museo Lodovico Pogliaghi
    Casa Museo Lodovico Pogliaghi

    The home-atelier of the great eclectic artist which dates back to the early '900, built by himself, is the first point of interest you can meet after the 14th chapel on the sacred path of Sacro Monte di Varese. Pogliaghi designed it as a museum...

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    Museo Baroffio e del Santuario del Sacro Monte sopra Varese
    Museo Baroffio e del Santuario del Sacro Monte sopra Varese

    Dedicated to the ones interested in the history of Santa Maria del Monte, it includes and shows romanesque sculptures, precious miniatures, a collection of important paintings of Giuseppe Baroffio Dall’Aglio and a section of sacred art from the...

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    Villa Mirabello Museo Archeologico
    Villa Mirabello Museo Archeologico

    Villa Mirabello fu edificata nel XVIII secolo sulla sommità del colle omonimo, così chiamato per lo splendido panorama che da qui si apriva sul lago e sulla catena delle Alpi. Attualmente la Villa ospita i Musei Civici, originati dall'...

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    SHOPPING DISTRICT
    SHOPPING DISTRICT

    Saronno, Busto Arsizio e Gallarate sono tre tra le maggiori e più industrializzate città della provincia che, oltre ad essere sede di diversi punti d’interesse culturale, ospitano grandi mercati, centri commerciali, piccoli negozi d’artigianato e...

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Varese, land of events

Spring Events at Villa Della Porta Bozzolo
Spring Events at Villa Della Porta Bozzolo

from march to august - Villa Della Porta Bozzolo

BOZZOLOLAB - 18th of june Discover with fun the Villa Della Porta Bozzolo: workshops for families and kids to enjoy art trhought different...

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Villa Panza's events
Villa Panza's events

From march to june - Villa Panza, Varese

FAI - Fondo Ambiente Italiano organize a lot of events in Villa Panza in Varese from march to june: BIM BUM BART - sunday the 14th of may, friday the...

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Continuum
Continuum

from Friday the 6th of April to Sunday the 30th of September 2018 - Rocca di Angera

After two years' renovation, Rocca Borromeo has been opening a new area 'Ala Saligera', that becoming a space of contemporary art.  The first exhibit...

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