Three days are the perfect amount of time to discover and fall in love with the Land of the lakes: spend them hiking in the prealps, the best way to get a great and complete view of the area, and getting lost in the past, visiting the Uneso sites in the province of Varese.
Where to stay: discover hotels on Lake Maggiore
What to do: a trekking with environmental guide
Take your time for a more quiet day after the trekking, and dedicate it to the history and culture of the province. Start from the south: there's an old hamlet that worth a visit.
The village of Castiglione Olona has a very long history. A good place to start when visiting the village is the Church of the Most Holy Body of Christ, also known as the Villa Church, in the main square as it is a unique example of architecture influenced by Renaissance humanism.Opposite the church is Palazzo Branda Castiglioni, which is made up of two buildings - one from the fourteenth century and the other from the fifteenth century. They have both been added to over the years and contain exquisite fifteenth-century frescoes from the Lombard and Tuscan schools. A short walk up to the top of Via Cardinale Branda takes you to what remains of the door that once led into the ancient castle: this is where you find the collegiate church compound with the church and baptistery.
For lunch, how about an outdoor picnic? Buy your favorite basket directly online with local products: from cheeses to jams, with which to recharge your batteries to continue the day.
In addition to the visit to the village of Castiglione Olona, you can continue the guided tour to discover one of the most important UNESCO sites in the province: the Archaeological Park of Castelseprio. 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 Milan, ordered the demolition of Castelseprio in 1287, with the exception of the religious buildings. One of these was the Church of Santa Maria Foris Portas (Latin for ‘outside the gates’) that was built between the fifth and ninth centuries.
Where to stay: discover all the Hotels in Malpensa area
Spend the last day visiting Lago di Varese and its shores. Lake Varese lies at the foot of Mount Campo dei Fiori and is bordered by the city of Varese and another eight towns in the province. Schiranna is one of Varese’s most popular lakeside destinations with visitors as it also offers the Zanzi Park and a great cycling route. The park is one of the city’s many leafy, green areas with picnic tables and other facilities to ensure a fun day out. The cycling route winds its way around the lake for about 30 km (nearly 19 miles), offering a fantastic way to keep fit or simple enjoy the picturesque countryside. Here you can easily rent a bike.
Cycle along the track until you reach the landing stage that from Biandronno will lead you to the pearl of the lake: Isolino Virginia, prehistoric site of international importance. Immerse yourself with a guided tour, in the history of this little gem. To get to know a place in depth, it is necessary to discover its origins: for this reason, we advise you to visit it and go in search of the past of this very rich territory.
Finish the mornng with a lunch at the islet's restaurant and a tour of the local museum.
Where to stay: discover all the accommodation in Varese
What to do: a glider pilot for the day
Do you want to be accompanied on this tour? Request a licensed tour guide. Contact us!
Plan your stay and your experience in the land of the lakes.