29 March 2021 to 31 December 2022

Links between past and present

Links between past and present: Varese City & Virginia Island

( 2 days / 1 night - Saturday and Sunday)

Aussi disponible en français 

  • 1st day: Varese city - Palazzo Estense - Ville Ponti and Villa Panza’s Gardens

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 city-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.

We will move to Palazzo Estense erected between 1766 and 1771 at the behest of the Duke of Modena Francesco III d'Este who, having obtained the lordship of Varese from Maria Teresa of Austria, was eager to build his own summer-autumn residence. Thanks to its majesty and the fantastic Italian gardens that surround it, Palazzo Estense earned Varese the nickname of "Versailles of Milan", given to it by Stendhal.

Lunch will be served in a famous restaurant where you will enjoy local cuisine.

In the afternoon, another short walk to reach Ville Ponti’s park: a botanical park of 56,000 square meters in English style with a structured path that allows the visitor to enter the historical places of the estate, to discover the tree species of greatest interest. Information panels help to recognize the specimens present, offering a scientific study and stimulating the curiosity of those who love walking in nature and enjoying its natural beauty. The park is the setting for the splendid Villa Andrea, the Villa Napoleonica and the stables, a complex that was the historic home of illustrious citizens of Varese.

Finally, a view of the park of the adjacent VILLA PANZA (FAI), an eighteenth-century villa that opens its windows to a magnificent Italian garden and houses a collection of contemporary American art among the best known in the world, as well as international exhibitions.

We could not miss the “Aperitivo-time” at the historic Caffè that saw the birth, on July 20, 1969, of the pink aperitif known as Apollo 11, which carries, in its taste and color, the uniqueness and positivity of man's landing on the moon, an event that has forever marked the history of humanity.
Dinner in a typical restaurant and overnight at Hotel in the City Center.

  • 2nd Day: Varese Lake - Virginia Island

Breakfast at the hotel and than, always in the company of our travel specialist, we will begin to walk part of the cycle-pedestrian path that frames the wonderful lake of Varese, nestled between green hills, meadows, agricultural areas and at the foot of the spectacular Campo dei Fiori massif which, with its peaks, is part of the Varesine Prealps. On clear days we will admire Monte Rosa which stands out clearly, wrapped in a magical light. The shores of the lake are scattered with elegant stately villas and pleasant villages that harmonize well with the liveliness of the landscape.

A walk of about an hour (4km flat) to reach the town of Biandronno where a small boat, with a short and romantic navigation on the blue waters of the lake, will take us to Isolino Virginia the place because where everything came to life: it is in fact the oldest pile-dwelling settlement in the Alpine Arch that has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List "Prehistoric pile-dwelling sites in the Alps".

Once landed, lunch “overlooking the lake” with a menu prepared with local products.
One more souvenir photo and then we will return at starting point where we will enjoy a refreshing ice cream admiring the lakefront.

Duration: 2 days / 1 night
When: from APRIL to OCTOBER only on Saturday and Sunday (subject to availability)

Reservation required.
What is included: travel specialist at your side for the duration of the tour, entrances, gourmet stop 1st day and ice cream 2nd day, Apollo 11 Aperitivo, navigation, 2 typical lunches and 1 dinner (drinks not included), overnight stay in the hotel and breakfast (tourism tax NON included)

NOT included: transfers during the tour will take place by your own car or on board public transport whose ticket can be purchased on site.

On request and with extra-charge, we can provide a private transfer by car / minivan
On request it is possible to organize a private transfer service from / to Varese city or other places of origin.

Price per person:

  • € 380,00 per person
  • Extra charge for Single Room: € 30,00

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.

    Lago Maggiore Meeting Industry
    Provincia di Varese