Lake Maggiore, Lake Varese and the other lakes

With so many lakes dotted across the province of Varese it is no wonder the area offers unlimited ways to spend marvellous lake-weekends in Varese. Find your perfect place among the tiny fisherman villages along the lombardy shore of Lake Maggiore, or rent a bike to discover the coast of lake Varese. If you prefer the less known places, move to Valganna, a green valley situated not far from the Swiss border: over there you’ll find the small lake of Ghirla, surrounded only by real nature. Otherwise you can swim in the peacefull lake of Monate, in a summer sunset. 

Who else loved these places? Celebrated writers such as Piero Chiara and Stendhal have mentioned many times the beauty of the land of Varese: "What a magnificent sight! As the sun set you could see seven lakes. Believe me, you can travel the whole of France and Germany, but you will never experience anything like that."


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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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    The Flowering Coast - the Lombard side of Lake Maggiore
    The Flowering Coast - the Lombard side of Lake Maggiore

    The entire Lombard side of Lake Maggiore runs from Sesto Calende to Locarno, Switzerland. The Lombard section is just over 60 km long and can be a taste of this side of Lake Maggiore.

    From Sesto Calende one sets out in the direction of...

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    Lake Varese: the cycling route and footpath
    Lake Varese: the cycling route and footpath

    Lake Varese lies at the foot of Mount Campo dei Fiori and is bordered by the city of Varese and another eight towns in the province.
    Schiranna is one of Varese’s most popular lakeside destinations with visitors as it also offers the Zanzi...

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    Isolino Virginia
    Isolino Virginia

    Isolino Virginia is one of the oldest pile-dwelling settlements in the Alps and was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2011 as part of a serial property known as the “Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps”. The tiny islet is home...

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    Lake Lugano
    Lake Lugano

    Situated on the border between southern Switzerland and northern Italy, Lake Lugano, which is also known as Lake Ceresio, is a glacial lake in the canton of Ticino and the Provinces of Varese and Como.
    One of the most beautiful subalpine...

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    Lake Monate
    Lake Monate

    As one of the cleanest lakes in Italy, Lake Monate is perfect for swimming and water sports with plenty of beaches around the small towns of Travedona-Monate and Cadrezzate. Keen fishermen are in their element on Lake Monate as the abundance of...

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    Lake Comabbio
    Lake Comabbio

    Lake Comabbio is home to a diverse range of wildlife and flora that has found the perfect habitat in which to thrive, partly thanks to the complete ban on the use of motorboats.

    The lake takes its name from the charming village of...

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    The Borromean Islands: Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Madre
    The Borromean Islands: Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Madre

    A trip around the Borromean Gulf never fails to leave visitors speechless! The archipelago of Borromean Islands is situated on Lake Maggiore and includes: Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Isola dei Pescatori.

    Isola Bella is a place of...

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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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    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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    Lake Maggiore villages
    Lake Maggiore villages

    The lombardian shore of lake Maggiore is a pearl that hides tiny villages and less known hamlets but also small towns: if you are passing by a particular area or you are planning to travel the entire coast, here are the most beautiful and...

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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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    Via Francisca del Lucomagno
    Via Francisca del Lucomagno

    Via Francisca del Lucomagno covers important stages and monastic settlements that were fundamental for European medieval history. The route is replete with historic and religious relics and, in ancient times, allowed pilgrims and emperors to...

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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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    Chiesa di Santa Veronica - Caldè
    Chiesa di Santa Veronica - Caldè

    The Church of St. Veronica is located in Caldé and preserves a 15th-century fresco cycle that represents the only available terminus ante quem.

    It has not been possible to establish a date range for the construction of the church with...

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    Porto Ceresio
    Porto Ceresio

    Porto Ceresio is a town overlooking Lake Lugano, offering a relaxed atmosphere that allows you to enjoy the natural surroundings in peace and quite.

    You can take a fascinating walk along the lakeside promenade, partly suspended over the...

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    Chiesetta di San Quirico - Angera
    Chiesetta di San Quirico - Angera

    The church of San Quirico is located in Angera on top of the hill that gives it its name. It has ancient origins and appears for the first time in a document dating back to the 13th century.

    The church has experienced several...

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    Ex Idroscalo Sant'Anna (Parco Europa) - Sesto Calende
    Ex Idroscalo Sant'Anna (Parco Europa) - Sesto Calende

    The Europa Park in Sesto Calende is located in the area surrounding the former Sant'Anna Military Harbour, which was used in the 1920s as a launching pad for seaplanes. For a long time, it belonged to the Savoia-Marchetti aeronautical company...

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Varese, land of events

Riflessi - Una meraviglia da salvare, per la pace
Riflessi - Una meraviglia da salvare, per la pace

From Friday 22th March to Sunday 28th April 2024 - Sesto Calende

Friday 22th March is World Water Day to reflect on the vital importance of fresh water and to promote the sustainable management of water resources...

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Luna Park
Luna Park

from saturday 30 of march to sunday 28 of april - Lido della Schiranna, Varese

Saturday the 30th of march will open the Luna Park of Varese at Schiranna. The park will be open for over a month until sunday the 28th of april.

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Italian Rowing ChampionshipsU17 and U23
Italian Rowing ChampionshipsU17 and U23

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July 2024 - Schiranna - Lake of Varese

On Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July 2024, the Italian rowing championship for the U17 and U23 categories returns to Lake Varese.  The program is...

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