48 hours in Varese - 10 things to see and do

Distance: 10 km • Time: two days • Easy

If you are in Varese only for 48 hours and you don't want to miss the most important cult points, here is a tour featuring the ten main (unmissable) spots: 

  • On the first day start from the Isolino Virginia, UNESCO heritage, the oldest alpine pile-dwelling site.You can reach the island from Lido Schiranna. As you go back, continue your tour to the oldest monument in the city: the Chiesa di Santo Stefano, in Bizzozero.



  • Go on and visit the historical center and Palazzo Estense, also known as the tiny Versailles. The palace is famus for its gardens in italian and french style. Walk around the park and reach the museum of Villa Mirabello, dedicated to the archeology of the territory.


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  • Keep on strolling, passing through Corso Matteotti, till the Basilica di San Vittore Martire, a true masterpiece inside and out. If you look up and you're lucky, you will see Campanile del Bernascone surrounded by a blue sky.


  • End your tour in Sacro Monte, walking up through a path made of 14 chapels and reach the top, where you will find an old village, a sanctuary and some museums: you cannot miss Casa Museo Pogliaghi, the old home of the artist, now a gallery of hits works and the ones he collected. 

Where to stay: find out accommodations in Varese

What to do: a guided tour of the old town, a lunch at Ristorante Bologna.

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.

Cover photo: Nicoletta Sala

    Lago Maggiore Meeting Industry
    Provincia di Varese