27 March 2021 to 31 December 2022
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Together with our Travel Specialist, a true connoisseur of local places and experiences, you will discover and experience the city of Varese, living like a local.
An exciting walk through the streets of the historic center, discovering its artistic and historical beauties, the wonderful gardens thanks to which Varese is known as the “Garden City”. You will be fascinated by its prestigious buildings of various eras and styles, by the fully arcaded alleys, by the historic shops, by the secret courtyards and by the magnificence of its squares, the civic tower,the bell tower and the Baptistery.
Gourmet stop to taste a local specialty such as the authentic Buosino (coffee and chocolate-based drink) or Dolce Varese or Brutti e Buoni.
Lunch will be served in a famous restaurant where you will enjoy local cuisine.
In the afternoon, we will reach the SACRO MONTE, a devotional complex consisting of 14 Chapels, the Sanctuary and the Crypt, erected between 1604 and 1698 and which since 2003 is part of the UNESCO world heritage sites. Along the way to reach the Via Sacra, you can see the numerous Art Nouveau villas built by the nobles in the early 1900s, which dot the slopes of the mountain.
You will walk along the Via Sacra (uphill of about 2km) to admire the 14 chapels that house valuable statues and frescoes. You reach the historic village of Santa Maria del Monte where, in addition to going through its narrow streets, you can enjoy a splendid view of the Lombard lakes and the Sky-line of nearby Milan.
Short stop to taste "Elixir al Borducan", the digestive made with oranges and herbs from the Sacro Monte mountains, appreciated by people from Varese and beyond.
During the opening season, the possibility of returning to the valley to the starting point, aboard the funicular an Art Nouveau monorail inaugurated in 1911.
Only in summer time, when the opening hour is extended until 08:00 p.m., stop at VILLA TOEPLITZ, a historic Villa that stands on the hill in a dominant position. You will visit its park which covers an area of about four hectares and is one of the most beautiful in Italy.
Comfortable clothing for walking is recommended.
Duration: full day
When: every day from APRIL to OCTOBER (subject to availability)
What is included: walk with our travel specialist, gourmet stop (Buosino or other local specialities), typical lunch (drinks not included), Elixir tasting at Borducan, funicular ticket (when on duty)
Not included: Transfer from / to Varese-Sacro Monte, takes place by your own car or on board public transport whose ticket can be purchased on site
Meeting Point: at 9:30 A.M. meeting point with our Travel Specialist will usually take place in the lobby of your hotel if it is located in the old town center. In case your accommodation is distant from the historical center or if you come from other places, the meeting point will be PIAZZA MONTE GRAPPA (in front of the big fountain).
On demand: Please send us a request for private transfer by car/minivan to/from other places.
Price per person:
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.