Beautiful, accessible, unforgettable

Culture, nature and architecture

Varese is a popular place to visit and equally ideal for business trips and holidays. Surrounded by glacial lakes and verdant countryside, Varese offers a seemingly infinite wealth of historic villas, enchanting gardens and evocative, breathtaking landscapes.

Varese is just a short drive from Milan on the road to Switzerland. Favourably positioned at the start of several alpine valleys and two major routes to the Simplon and Gotthard Passes, the city is easily accessible from many directions, even by air as Milan-Malpensa airport is only thirty minutes away.
Varese first became renowned as a tourist destination back in the 17th century partly because of the glorious countryside and partly because of its spectacular architecture and stunning works of art.

During the 19th century Varese really came into its own and many Art Nouveau hotels and villas were built, which added to the city’s unique, delightful appeal.
By the start of the 20th century the city of Varese and the entire surrounding province had become the architectural, artistic, social and cultural heart of the Art Nouveau movement in Italy.

Easily accessible, uniquely enjoyable

Not far from Milan and Switzerland and connected to the rest of Italy, Europe and the world by Milan-Malpensa airport, a major motorway and numerous rail links, Varese has wide choice of tourist attractions and accommodation to ensure something for everyone to enjoy.

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Uplands, lowlands and everything in between

The Province of Varese offers three distinct settings: the shores of Lake Maggiore and the other smaller lakes; the city of Varese and its neighbouring towns, and the countryside in the Park of the Ticino Valley encircling Milan-Malpensa airport.

The sights and sounds of life by the lake

The Lombardy banks of Lakes Maggiore and Lugano are fascinating places with spellbinding countryside, nature trails offering breathtaking vistas, and picturesque historic monuments, such as the Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso Ballaro and Angera’s Borromeo Castle.

The countless towns, villages and hamlets overlooking Lake Maggiore offer a multitude of things to see and do with cultural occasions, sports events, shows and fairs that make Lombardy’s charming lakeside locations vibrant, fun places to visit.

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Exclusive villas, gardens and venues

Varese is also known as the Garden City as it offers a perfect combination of greenery, art and architecture for which the city become famous over the centuries.

Everywhere you look in Varese you can see countryside and gardens, and many of these areas are protected, such as the Campo dei Fiori Regional Park and Sacro Monte, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the gardens of historic villas, such as Ville Ponti, Villa Recalcati, Villa Panza, Palazzo Estense, Villa Mirabello and Villa Toeplitz.

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Heritage and history a stone’s throw from Malpensa airport

At a little over 18 miles from Varese city centre, Milan-Malpensa airport is only a half-hour drive away on the A8 motorway or forty minutes with public transport.

The area around Milan-Malpensa airport is also well worth a visit. Set in the Park of the Ticino Valley, the hub is surrounded by spectacular countryside with nature trails, horse rides, walks, historic buildings, castles and museums.

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