Our cultural heritage

Of the ten UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Lombardy, Varese has more than any other province with four: Sacro Monte, Monte San Giorgio, the Castelseprio-Torba Archaeological Park and Isolino Virginia.

Sacro Monte di Varese (Sacred Mountain of Varese) is a complex that includes Via Sacra (holy road), a cobbled devotional road that passes by fourteen chapels as it climbs the mountain. Skilfully integrated into the surrounding countryside, each chapel is different and dedicated to one of the Mysteries of the Rosary, which are illustrated with sculptures, paintings and frescos. The end of Via Sacra is marked at the top of the mountain by the Santa Maria del Monte Sanctuary, where the "Coronation of the Virgin", the fifteenth mystery of the rosary, is represented on the high altar.
Isolino Virginia is a triangle of land just a few yards off the west bank of Lake Varese, near Biandronno. Nearly the entire island is covered by luxuriant vegetation which is home to many wild animals. Flora includes willows, oak trees, common alders, water lilies, butcher’s broom and some rare varieties, such as the bald cypress. As the island is one of the most famous sites from the European prehistoric period, access to some areas is restricted.

    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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    Isolino Virginia
    Isolino Virginia

    Isolino Virginia is one of the oldest pile-dwelling settlements in the Alps and was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2011 as part of a serial property known as the “Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps”. The tiny islet is home...

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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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    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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    Monte San Giorgio
    Monte San Giorgio

    Visit these places and the fossil museums and discover a fascinating lost world that dates back over 200 million years. Monte San Giorgio is regarded as the world’s best fossil record of marine life from the Middle Triassic, a geologic epoch...

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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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