Villas, Stately Homes and Gardens

When visiting the Province of Varese, people often comment how beautifully green it is. This is because of the province’s wealth of woodland, parks and gardens.
Known as the Garden City, Varese has an extensive choice of public and privately-owned Italian gardens and parks that date back to a time when Northern Italy’s aristocratic families flocked to the lakes for their holidays.
Weekends in Varese can be spent surrounded by the beautiful countryside and gardens or admiring the stunning Art Nouveau décor and original features and furnishings that make these homes and villas so unique.
When visiting the villas and gardens in Varese and the surrounding area make sure you make time for Villa Menafoglio Litta Panza and the Panza art collection, Villa della Porta Bozzolo, Villa Cicogna Mozzoni, Palazzo Estense and Gardens, the Villa Mirabello Civic Archaeological Museum, the park at Villa Toeplitz, and the Ticino Park.

    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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    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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    Villa Cicogna Mozzoni
    Villa Cicogna Mozzoni

    The estate of Villa Cicogna Mozzoni in Bisuschio was designed and built during the Renaissance, and the descendents of the Cicogna Mozzoni family still care for the house and grounds to this day. The garden is open to the public as are twelve...

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    Villa della Porta Bozzolo
    Villa della Porta Bozzolo

    Built in the sixteenth century as a country residence, Villa della Porta Bozzolo later became a country seat for the aristocracy. An impressive Italian garden was later added, which is now considered to be one of the most majestic examples of...

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