27 March 2021 to 31 December 2024

Varese Never Stop Dreaming: Varese City, Gardens and historic villas

Together with our Travel specialist, a true connoisseur of local places and experiences, you will enjoy 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.

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

In the afternoon we continue 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.

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.

If you have more time available, allow yourself to live another extraordinary experience: unmissable stop at the historic Caffè where the original Apollo-11 (a liqueur-aperitif) was born on 20th July 1969, that carries the positivity of man's landing on the moon, an event that has forever marked the history of humanity. (Optional experience with extra-charge)

Comfortable clothing for walking is recommended

Duration: full day
When: from April to October from Wednesday to Sunday (subject to availability)
Reservation required
What is included: walk with our travel specialist, gourmet stop (Buosino or other local specialities), Lunch (drinks not included), entrance ticket to Villa Panza’s Gardens

Apollo-11 Aperitivo: optional experience with extra-charge € 10,00 per adult / € 6,00 per Child (alcohol free)

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).

Transfers are NOT included. On request it is possible to organize a private transfer service (car or minivan) from / to Varese city or other places of origin.

Price per person:

  • € 135,00 per person
  • Children 0/3 years FREE

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
    Consorzio Qualità Miele Varesino