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Sacro Monte of 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 Sites in July 2003.
Sacro Monte has always been a place of pilgrimage and popular with other visitors. The Sacro Monte di Varese complex 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.
The small village on Sacro Monte is still lived in today and charms visitors with its shady, windy lanes, steep steps, lantern-lit archways and many Art Nouveau homes.
The village also has two museums: the Baroffio Museum and Sacro Monte Sanctuary overlooking Varese and the Lodovico Pogliaghi House Museum.


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ADDRESS: Viale del Santuario - Varese 



  • Solar time: 7.30 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 2-5.30 p.m.
  • Daylight Saving Time: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.


From 16th March to 17th November 2024

  •  Wednesday, Thursday and Friday:  2.00 pm - 6.00 pm
  • Saturday, Sunday and holiday: 10.00 am - 6.00 pm 


  • Weekday full price ticket (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday): € 7
  • Full price holidays: € 10
  • Reduced ticket (6-18 years old, groups of more than 10 people, FAI, AMEI members): € 5
  • Family ticket (2 adults + 2 or more children): € 20  
  • Free ticket: children 0-4 years, disabled, tourist guides in the exercise of the profession, card Abbonamento Musei Lombardia Milano
  • For holders of the Card Abbonamento Musei Lombardia free admission on weekdays, for Saturdays, Sundays and holidays there is a guided tour at an additional charge of € 3.00 each.

Tickets also include a visit to the Baroffio Museum and a guided tour of the Crypt on public holidays.


Sacro Monte di Varese can also be reached by the Sacro Monte funicular, which departs from the 'Vellone' station and reaches the village directly: a small paradise of art, faith and nature. 

To reach the funicular station by bus, you can take Line C from the centre. 

From Monday to Wednesday, Line C runs (every 20 minutes) and terminates at Piazzale Montanari/Prima Cappella, from where you can easily take the Via Sacra on foot. Once every hour, a smaller bus provides a connection to the top of Sacro Monte (Piazzale Pogliaghi). The funicular does not operate.

On Thursdays and Fridays, Line C runs (every 20 minutes) to Piazzale Montanari/Prima Cappella, from where a connecting shuttle bus guarantees a connection to the Vellone station of the funicular: the funicular runs from 10 a.m. to 6.10 p.m.
To walk along the Via Sacra, it is necessary to get off at Piazzale Montanari/Prima Cappella (before the tunnel).

On Saturdays and Sundays, the funicular runs from 10.00 am to 6.10 pm. During this time slot, all Line C runs (every 20' on Saturdays, every 30' on Sundays) to the Vellone station to guarantee the interchange. To walk along the Via Sacra, you must get off at Piazzale Montanari/Prima Cappella (before the tunnel).

The bus ticket costs €1.60 and is valid for 90 minutes: it can be conveniently purchased on board by coin or contactless credit/debit card.

 Dog of all sizes allowed in leasch in every area except the crypt in compliance with the hygiene and public safety rules*

*Information by Sacro Monte di Varese. For any other question please check the guidelines of Sacro Monte di Varese



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