10 April 2021 to 31 December 2023
Varese Art & Artwork - full day
Together with our Travel Specialist, a true connoisseur of local places and experiences, you will enjoy the beauty of ART (in its many forms and expressions) that Varese preserves in the halls of historic houses and art galleries.
We will spend the morning at VILLA PANZA, a prestigious eighteenth-century villa that opens its windows on a magnificent Italian garden and which hosts one of the most famous collections of contemporary American art in the world, African art and international exhibitions. Free visit to enjoy a permanent collection (more than 100 works) of paintings and sculptures. The contrast between the exhibits and the environment is strong but perfectly successful. In the old stables you can admire installations created by the great masters of contemporary American art.
The tour ends with a visit to the park: a splendid Italian garden in which various installations of environmental art are scattered. Follow it all, because in every corner you will find something to discover as well as magnificent views of the city of Varese.
In an elegant and refined atmosphere, lunch based on local recipes, will be served at the renowned restaurant adjacent to the Villa: a suggestive location both inside thanks to the bright rooms, both outside immersed in a relaxing context, surrounded by beautiful statues and with an enchanting view of the garden.
In the afternoon, a short walk to admire the religious heart of the city: the Cathedral of San Vittore (with a neoclassical facade and baroque interiors), the Bell Tower also known as "the Bernascone", which with its almost 80 meters high is the tallest monument in the city, and the Baptistery the oldest structure built in the 13th and 14th centuries, on a previous hexagonal baptistery of ancient times (VIII-IX century). We will cross the Arco Mera built in 1850 to connect the religious center to the old village of Varese, adorned with remarkable bas-reliefs. We will join one of the most suggestive corners: the Broletto, a sixteenth-century courtyard which until the end of the nineteenth century hosted the grain market.
You could not to leave Varese without first taking a photo at 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 Theresa 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.
Visit to the GHIGGINI ART GALLERY located in the heart of the historic center of Varese, which hosts a permanent exhibition of paintings, sculptures, photographs and prints. Galleria Ghiggini exists in Varese since 1822, whose activity has significantly diversified over the years, developing its centennial commercial history from crafts to art. It was born as a workroom starting with the decoration of carriages and painting of prestigious buildings selling brushes and colors, to become an art gallery dedicated to the proposal and sharing of the work of modern and contemporary artists.
Duration: full day
When: all year (except August) from wednesday to Saturday (subject to availability)
What is included: walk with our travel specialist, entrance ticket to Villa Panza, visit to the Ghiggini Gallery, lunch (drinks not included)
Meeting Point: at 9:30 A.M. the 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:
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.