Monuments, Castles, Fortresses, Monasteries and Churches

The Province of Varese has a considerable cultural and artistic heritage of the finest quality which can be seen everywhere you go.

There are so many monuments to visit in Varese that you may wish to remain a little longer. Staying several days or more gives you an excellent opportunity to really appreciate all the incredible history the area has to offer, and if you wish to book a hotel in Varese or elsewhere in the province, we offer a dedicated service that selects the best accommodation to suit your individual needs and preferences.
Some of the monuments and places of historical interest in Province of Varese include: the Fossil Museum, the Museum of Sesto Calende, the Archaeological Park, Masnago Castle, Visconti di San Vito Castle, Borromeo Castle, the Abbey of San Gemolo in Ganna, the Voltorre Cloister, the Monastery of Santa Maria Assunta, Torba Abbey, the Church of Santa Maria Foris Portas, the Collegiate Church Compound, the Sanctuary of Santa Maria del Monte and Santa Maria del Sasso

    The Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso
    The Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso

    Clinging to a sheer rock overhanging one of the deepest parts of Lake Maggiore, the hermitage is a monastery made up of three buildings dating back to the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. It offers a wonderful blend of art and history set...

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    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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    Castelseprio Archaeological Park - Church of Santa Maria Foris Portas - Santa Maria Assunta
    Castelseprio Archaeological Park - Church of Santa Maria Foris Portas - Santa Maria Assunta

    Located between the upland and the valley of the River Olona, Castrum Sibrium was a military stronghold in Roman times and used over the following centuries by the Goths, Byzantines, Longobards and then the Visconti. Ottone Visconti, Lord of...

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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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    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...

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    Voltorre Cloister
    Voltorre Cloister

    Dated to 1154, the charming cloister was built in mediaeval times although the foundations are definitely much older: it took many years to build and encompasses both the Romanesque and the Gothic eras. We know the architect behind the cloister...

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    Torba Abbey
    Torba Abbey

    Set deep in the countryside north of Varese by the Castelseprio Archaeological Park, the site of Torba Abbey is home to more than a millennium of history. It started out as a military outpost towards the end of the Roman Empire and later fell...

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    Visconti di San Vito Castle (Somma Lombardo)
    Visconti di San Vito Castle (Somma Lombardo)

    The castle was built in the thirteenth century and lived in by the Visconti family from 1251. Part of the west facade was altered during the 17th century, as were the interiors, which were renovated in the Baroque style with exquisitely frescoed...

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    Castiglione Olona and the Collegiate Church Compound
    Castiglione Olona and the Collegiate Church Compound

    The village of Castiglione Olona has ancient origins. It was a fortress in Roman times and later the village became the subject of a fierce dispute between the Visconti and Torriani families as they fought for years to gain control over the area...

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    Paesi Dipinti
    Paesi Dipinti

    La Provincia di Varese è anche casa dei Paesi Dipinti: frazioni e comuni nascosti nelle bellissime valli della provincia noti per l'armoniosa integrazione tra l'ambiente circostante e i dipinti murali e gli affreschi al loro interno, che si...

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    Maglio di Ghirla
    Maglio di Ghirla

    Il Maglio di Ghirla è uno dei più antichi e meglio conservati di tutta la provincia. Risale al XVIII secolo e rimase attivo fino al 1991. Dal 1996 l'edificio è di proprietà della Comunità Montana del Piambello...

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    Badia di Ganna
    Badia di Ganna

    La Badia di San Gemolo in Ganna si trova nel comune di Valganna. Luogo di culto dedicato alla memoria del martire San Gemolo, la badia è un complesso architettonico formato dalla chiesa, il campanile, il chiostro...

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    Ispra
    Ispra

    Ispra è un paese di lago, situato sulla sponda orientale del Maggiore, a metà strada fra Sesto Calende e Laveno, Il centro abitato principale del Comune è situato ai piedi di due rilievi rocciosi: il Monte del Prete e l'attiguo...

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    Laveno
    Laveno

    Laveno è la capitale turistica della sponda orientale del Lago Maggiore, nota per il suo porto turistico che, tramite il servizio di traghetti, mette la cittadina in contatto con la sponda piemontese del Lago....

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