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 into the hands of the Goths and then the Longobards (with defensive walls and towers dating back to the fifth and sixth centuries). Later Torba became a peaceful place of prayer and work for Benedictine nuns which led to the church and abbey being built in the thirteenth century.
Open every day except Mondays and Tuesdays, unless they are public holidays.
March to September: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; October, November and the second half of February: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission: adults € 3.50; children (4-12 years) € 2.50; free for FAI members.