Industrial archaeological tour in Varese

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There are many museums dedicated to industrial work in the province of Varese, linked by the MIVA (Musei Industriali del varesotto) network.

Here are some suggestions for a museum visit for lovers of gears, machines and engines.

  • Discover the secrets of the textile and yarn industry at the Busto Arsizio Textile Museum through guided tours and workshops. The museum houses objects, machines, products and documents related to local textiles and other sectors of Busto's industrial tradition.
  • Be captivated by the striking location of The Museum of Industries and Labor of the Saronnese - MILS, in Saronno, a late 19th century shed where steam locomotives were overhauled for Ferrovie Nord Milano.
  • Venture into the unusual world of the pipe by visiting the Brebbia Pipe Museum and its recent acquisition of the prestigious Franz Schuchardt collection of 195 unique pieces.



  • Fly with your imagination (and more) at Volandia, Park and Museum in Somma Lombardo, with more than 60,000 square meters of industrial archaeology dedicated to the dream of flying-from pioneering balloon flights to the Convertiplane. There are many exhibition wings to visit and organized activities, including flight simulation for older children.
  • Be enchanted by the lines and design of the four-wheelers created by the famous artist Flaminio Bertoni, to whom the Flaminio Bertoni Museum of the same name is dedicated, at Volandia. The museum's itinerary allows visitors to admire the designs, paintings, sculptures, and vintage cars that made him world-famous.



  • Admire the collection of the Fisogni Museum in Tradate, which consists of more than 5,000 objects including gasoline pumps, license plates, graphics, and objects related to gas stations and is, with good reason, the largest in the world.
  • Immerse yourself in the history of Italy's first bicycle and motorcycle factory at the Frera Motorcycle Museum, also in Tradate. As many as 76 motorcycles on display, not only from the Frera brand but also from Lombardy's most famous competitors (Moto Guzzi, Gilera, MV Agusta, Cagiva).
  • Visit the Agusta Museum in Samarate, which houses in its spaces specimens of motorcycles and helicopters designed and built by the company since the 1950s with the exceptional guides: all ex-Agusta Group workers who know every minute detail of the helicopters and motorcycles in the museum.




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    Lago Maggiore Meeting Industry
    Provincia di Varese
    Consorzio Qualità Miele Varesino