Walking around old towers and castles

Distance: 75 km • Time: una giornata • Easy

Spend a day "out of our times", visiting old castles and medieval towers, between legends and old stories, here the must seen of the province: 

  • Start from Lake Maggiore and visit the Rocca d'Angera, a fortress that overlooks the south side of lake Maggiore, inside you can visit the Museum of Dolls and Toys, the greatest one in Europe.


@gandina9 and @georgelucky1973

  • Driving north, you'll pass by a lot of places that deserve a quick stop: Ispra, Gavirate, Comerio and Velate. Here visit the Torre of Velate, one of the finest medieval buildings in the Varese area. Built in the 11th century in a dominating position to protect the southern part of the burgh of Velate, it was disabled during the struggles between the cities of Milan and Como in the 12th century. It is a property of FAI. A few kilometres from here find the Castle Castiglioni di Mantegazza in Masnago, the tower is a fortress typical of the area around Varese, and was built between the 11th and 13th centuries. This position afforded a full view of the path below, and was in clear view of the Velate and Sacro Monte towers. Today it is a Modern and Contemporry Art Museum. 


@danielechierichetti13 and @lansiomalo

  • Driving south  there's an old hamlet that worth a visit. The village of Castiglione Olona has a very long history, here there's the Castello di Monteruzzo, it is situated on an hill that overlooks the ancient village of Castiglione Olona. Currently there's a library inside and some public areas. After a visit move to Fagnano Olona and discover his Castle, the earliest records of this castle date back to the 10th - 12th centuries, but the buildings around the courtyard and the two towers are from the 13th century.


@maryjane3006 and @elejour

  • End the day with a visit of Castello Visconti di San Vito, built in the IX century is set out as a large quadrilateral within which there are three castles developed around three wide courtyards graced by porticoes.


Where to stay: B&B Villa Adriana, Hilton Garden Inn Milan Malpensa

What to do: a visit of Rocca Borromeo, a visit of Castello Visconti di San Vito 

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