Art and culture in Varese

Spend a day at the museum, visiting the must see for art lovers and discovering local history and culture. Plan a cultural break to enjoy contemporary art works, sculptures, frescos but also the local industrial tradition, which is really important in our land. 

Religious art and collections at the museums on Santa Maria del Monte, Villa Panza and its artworks, the museum of Villa Mirabello in the Estensi Gardens, featuring some prehistoric objects from Varese and the surroundings, the ethnographic and archaeological museum Castiglioni in Villa Toeplitz, the MIDEC, international museum of ceramic design in Cerro, Laveno and the Museo della Bambola e del Giocattolo hosted by the beautiful Rocca Borromeo: these are just some of the cultural spots in Varese and the province.


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    The Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso
    The Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso

    Clinging to a sheer rock overhanging one of the deepest parts of Lake Maggiore, the hermitage is a monastery made up of three buildings dating back to the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. It offers a wonderful blend of art and history set...

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    Borromeo Castle, the Museum of Children’s Clothing and the Doll and Toy Museum
    Borromeo Castle, the Museum of Children’s Clothing and the Doll and Toy Museum

    Angera’s Borromeo Castle towers majestically over the southern shores of Lake Maggiore from a spur of chalky cliffs. The fortified mediaeval castle is steeped in examples of its long, illustrious history, such as the Hall of Justice with its...

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    Castiglione Olona and the Collegiate Church Compound
    Castiglione Olona and the Collegiate Church Compound

    The village of Castiglione Olona has ancient origins. It was a fortress in Roman times and later the village became the subject of a fierce dispute between the Visconti and Torriani families as they fought for years to gain control over the...

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    Painted Villages
    Painted Villages

    The Varese province is also home of the painted villages: little towns and municipalities hidden in the beautiful green area of Varese and the surroundings known for frescos, paitings and draws on the walls of the houses. These open-air pieces...

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    Waterfalls
    Waterfalls

    Among the green of our province there are several marvelous waterfalls.

    Ferrera waterfall - Situated in the municipality of Ferrera the waterfall is also known by local people as Fermona. It is located about 30 meters just below the...

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    Luino
    Luino

    Situated on the lakeshore at the end of the Valtravaglia valley, about 4 km far from the Swiss border, Luino is the main town of the lombardian side of lake Maggiore. You'll find yourself in a typical, elegant and characteristic lake town,...

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    Laveno Mombello
    Laveno Mombello

    Laveno is the one of the main touristic towns of the lombardian side of lake Maggiore, it is well known for its marina, link to the piemontese side. It is situated between the blue of the lake and the green of the surrounding mountains,...

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    Panperduto
    Panperduto

    A gem of industrial hydroengineering, Panperduto represents an area of great interest to make visitors aware of cultural, historical, agricultural and environmental heritage. 

    Located on the banks of the Ticino river, at Somma Lombardo...

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    Birrificio Angelo Poretti
    Birrificio Angelo Poretti

    The Brewery Angelo Poretti is a pearl of the Art Nouveau style and a unicum of our land. It is situated in Induno Olona and it's a perfect combination of art and technology since the early 1900s, when the Bihl and Woltz Architecture Studio in...

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    Villa Torelli Mylius
    Villa Torelli Mylius

    Villa Mylius is a tyical Italian Villa situated in the centre of Varese. Originally the site was a property of Padri Gesuiti of Varese and was founded in the XVIII century. The site was made of a simple farmer's house, which became the core of...

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    Angera
    Angera

    The village of Angera is one of the most beautiful on the lombard shore of Lake Maggiore: it is an open-air museum that includes sites of artistic and cultural interest, environmental goods and a lakefront with beautiful landscapes. The alleys...

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    Frera Museum
    Frera Museum

    Frera was an italian motorcycle company, open and active in Tradate, Varese from 1905 to 1936.

    The museum of the motorcycle, actually located and open in the old company factory, presents the history of Frera and it is divided into two...

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    Casa Museo Lodovico Pogliaghi
    Casa Museo Lodovico Pogliaghi

    The home-atelier of the great eclectic artist which dates back to the early '900, built by himself, is the first point of interest you can meet after the 14th chapel on the sacred path of Sacro Monte di Varese. Pogliaghi designed it as a museum...

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    Museo Baroffio e del Santuario del Sacro Monte sopra Varese
    Museo Baroffio e del Santuario del Sacro Monte sopra Varese

    Dedicated to the ones interested in the history of Santa Maria del Monte, it includes and shows romanesque sculptures, precious miniatures, a collection of important paintings of Giuseppe Baroffio Dall’Aglio and a section of sacred art from the...

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    Villa Mirabello Museo Archeologico
    Villa Mirabello Museo Archeologico

    Villa Mirabello was built in the eighteenth century on the top of the Mirabello hills. Mirabello means beautiful view, and the villa is aptly named for its panoramic vistas over the lake and Alps. The villa currently houses the Civic Museums,...

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    Natural Parks
    Natural Parks

    Uncontaminated spaces, green and nature: uncover the best natural parks on our territory.

    Parco Regionale del Campo dei Fiori: 6,300 hectares, 17 municipalities and 2 Comunità Montane: the largest park in the province, with trails,...

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    Ancient mills and rural structures
    Ancient mills and rural structures

    The land of Varese hides many different rural structures: from ancient watermills to old stone houses in tiny mountain villages that you can only reach by foot or with the cableway. If you wanto to step back into the past, here's a list of...

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    SHOPPING DISTRICT
    SHOPPING DISTRICT

    Saronno, Busto Arsizio and Gallarate are three of the largest and most industrialized cities in the area of Varese: they are home to several points of cultural interest, but also to markets, shopping centers, small craft shops and interesting...

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    Minor lakes
    Minor lakes

    Beside the best known lakes, like Lake Maggiore and Lake Varese, not many people know that the land of Varese hides other smaller lakes, immersed into valleys and surrounded by the woods. For those who love  relaxing by the lake reading a good...

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    Fisogni Museum
    Fisogni Museum

    Founded in 1966 by Guido Fisogni, the Fisogni Museum of Petrol Stations hosts the biggest collection in the world about gas pump and petroliana, more than 6000 objects which represent the history of service stations, industrial design and oil...

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    Osservatorio Astronomico Schiaparelli
    Osservatorio Astronomico Schiaparelli

    The Campo dei Fiori Astronomical Observatory stands at a height of 1230 meters on the top of the Campo dei Fiori in Varese, where the Citadel of Natural Sciences has been present for over half a century, which includes the “G. V. Schiaparelli...

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    Santuario della Beata Vergine dei Miracoli
    Santuario della Beata Vergine dei Miracoli

    Born over 500 years ago, the Sanctuary of the Beata Vergine dei Miracoli, in Saronno, is the destination of many faithful. Today it is a European heritage.

    The Sanctuary is defined as a "casket" full of art treasures. The long list of...

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Varese, land of events

Angera Events 2021
Angera Events 2021

October 2021 - Angera, Varese

October 2021, in Angera a series of events not to be missed! Here are the events: Sunday 17 October from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm: an incredible...

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Sacro Monte Events
Sacro Monte Events

October 2021 - Sacro Monte, Varese

A series of events at the Sacro Monte di Varese for all ages. From Sunday 10 to 31 October, at Location Camponovo in Via dell'Assuzione, 17 -...

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"PROGETTO GENESI. ARTE E DIRITTI UMANI" at Villa Panza
"PROGETTO GENESI. ARTE E DIRITTI UMANI" at Villa Panza

From 21 September to 8 December 2021 - Villa Panza, Varese

From Tuesday 21st September to Wednesday 8 December 2021, Villa Panza hosts the exhibition "Progetto Genesi. Arte e Diritti Umani" an artistic-...

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    Lago Maggiore Meeting Industry
    Provincia di Varese

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