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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    Varese: the old town
    Varese: the old town

    The old part of the city of Varese is quite distinctive with ancient porticoes and galleries where the city’s traders have plied their wares since time immemorial. When strolling around the streets if you raise your gaze you can see the...

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    Sacro Monte di Varese
    Sacro Monte di Varese

    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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    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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    Painted Villages
    Painted Villages

    The Varese province is also home of the painted villages: little towns and municipalities hidden in the beautiful green area of Varese and the surroundings known for frescos, paitings and draws on the walls of the houses. These open-air pieces of...

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    Badia di Ganna
    Badia di Ganna

    The San Gemolo Abbey in Ganna is an architectural complex formed by the church (consecrated in 1160), the bell tower, the cloister and the monks' homes. The abbey is located in the municipality of Valganna and is a place of worship dedicated to...

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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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    SHOPPING DISTRICT
    SHOPPING DISTRICT

    Saronno, Busto Arsizio and Gallarate are three of the largest and most industrialized cities in the area of Varese: they are home to several points of cultural interest, but also to markets, shopping centers, small craft shops and interesting...

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Varese, land of events

CASA POGLIAGHI Summer Events
CASA POGLIAGHI Summer Events

august, september, october - Casa Museo Lodovico Pogliaghi

During the summer Museo Pogliaghi hosts different events:  31 august: Un Pianoforte per Sacro Monte - giovani musicisti a casa Pogliaghi  Exhibition...

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