Meeting with our Travel Specialist, an authentic connoisseur of local places and experiences, at Cairate town where you will discover the CAIRATE MONASTERY dating back to the first half of the eighth century and which is one of the first monastic settlements in the area. Its foundation is attributed to Manigunda, a Lombard noblewoman, which would have sanctioned the birth of a female monastery built on the remains of a Roman rustic villa.
A wonderful complex that has seen since the 1st century Romans, Lombards, pilgrims , nuns as evidenced by the numerous finds found and kept there: epigraphs, funeral objects, sarcophagi, frescoes, polychrome tiles...
We will discover another important MONASTERY: TORBA (FAI property) where the silence that surround this simple place, preserves and returns traces of a past made up of barbarians, nuns and warriors. We will admire the Roman tower with its rare and ancient frescoes.
Lunch will be served in a restaurant where you will enjoy local cuisine.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a real "dive into the past": we will walk through the village of CASTIGLIONE OLONA known as "The island of Tuscany in Lombardy". A village that still retains the flavor of a precious fifteenth-century treasure chest. Of late Roman origin, it was reshaped between 1421 and 1441 according to the model of the ideal cities of the Renaissance, at the behest of Cardinal Branda Castiglioni, one of the most distinguished men of his time, a lover of the arts and great diplomat, a trusted man of various Popes. and of the Emperor Sigismund of Hungary.
We will visit the most important monument wanted by the Cardinal: the Collegiate Church, the museum complex and above all the Baptistery which owes its fame to the extraordinary cycle of frescoes representing the life of Giovanni Battista, created by Masolino da Panicale.
Comfortable clothing recommended.
Duration: full day
When: all year ONLY on Sunday (subject to avail ability)
What is included: walk with our travel specialist, entrance fees, lunch (drinks not included)
NOT included: transfers during the tour will take place by your own car or, on request and with extra-charge, we can provide a private transfer by car / minivan
Meeting Point: at 9:30 A.M. in front of Cairate City Hall (parking area)
On request it is possible to organize a private transfer service (car or minivan) from / to Varese city or other places of origin.
Price per person:
- € 145,00 per person
- Children 0/3 years FREE
For families with children, price on request.
For private tours, price on request.
For large GROUPS, price on request.
The availability is subject to confirmation. The tour operator will confirm you within 24/48 hours from booking. Therefore no charge will be made until you receive confirmation of the booking.