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    Sacro Monte del Rosario trail

    by edwis Written Aug 6, 2010

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    The tourist highlight of Varese is a day hike following the 14 monuments of the Sacro Monte del Rosario. This hillside path leads upward for 2 hours with stops at each monument dedicated to the Madonna's life events. Each monument could be small church in its own right. At the top of Sacro Monte is the car-free UNESCO-protected village of Santa Maria del Monte. After refreshments and a church visit, we walked back downhill to Varese, where Ed received a full body massage to soothe aching muscles at the Chinese Center Xiang Gan Lila.

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    Palazzo Estense

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 25, 2008

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    Palazzo Estense, work of the architect Giuseppe Bianchi, is the most representative palace in Varese. By the time it was constructed (1776-1771), this area was the outskirts of Varese, nowadays it is situated just a foot from the city centre. The palace was built as a residential home of Francesco III d'Este, the Duke of Modena. Today it is the seat of a town administration.
    There is huge and beautiful park inside the palace, copy of Schoenbrunn model.

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    San Vittorio

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 26, 2005

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    Usually I am staying in Varese only day or two and haven't much time to stroll around. All this pictures I have made in occasion of my last visit in January 2003, it was just a quick photo-tour before leaving the place so I didn't catch anything of this church except it name, thechurch of San Vittorio.

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    The Bell-tower

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 26, 2005

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    The Bell-tower of San Vittorio church is the most impressive spot in the town centre. Like in all other Italian towns, there is a Centro storico (historical center) where you can see all what is worth to see.

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    Road Tripping

    by jelw Updated Apr 3, 2005

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    Alpine Italy

    This is my second journey to this area. I strongly recommend the Italian lakes area, the Dolomites and the Black Forest for road tripping. There are so many charming towns and villages. You get the very best of bothe worlds. The charm of Italians and the efficiency of the Swiss combined. Scenic views, terrific hiking and marvelous food are just some of the treasures to be enjoyed.

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    The passage

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 26, 2003

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    The passage way

    This is the passage which connectsThe Main Square and the sqare in front of the cathedral.
    The front facade looks like an arch decorated by stone and reliefs. On the top of the passage there are a couple of sculptures.

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    Battistero di San Giovanni Batistta

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 26, 2003

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    This small and beautiful church is situated rigt behind the cathedral, and next to the Baptistery of the cathedral.
    It is probably the oldest church in the town, and according the the look it was built in Romanesque style.

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    The Baptistery

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 26, 2003

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    Il Battistero di San Vittorio

    It looks that the Baptistery of the Cathedral have much longer history then the Cathedral alone.
    According to it's look, the baptistery was built in the medieval times, probably in the Baroque stayle.

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    CASTIGLIONE OLONA

    by IU2 Written Apr 16, 2003

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    Questo piccolo centro è strettamente collegato a una parte della storia di Castelseprio perché appartenne, dal medioevo alla prima metà del XVI secolo, alla famiglia dei da Castiglione.
    Il borgo deve le sue bellezze artistiche soprattutto all’opera del cardinale Branda Castiglioni (1350-1443). Nel primo quarto del XV secolo questi lo ricostruì quasi completamente seguendo i nuovi indirizzi rinascimentali dettati da Filippo Brunelleschi. Gli edifici più importanti sono: il palazzo Branda Castiglioni con belle decorazioni interne tra cui la “Natura morta” attribuita sia a Masolino da Panicale sia a Paolo Schiavo e affreschi di Masolino da Panicale sulle pareti dello studio e della camera del cardinale; la chiesa di Villa che, per le profilature di pietra grigia su intonaco bianco, ha chiari riferimenti all’architettura toscana del Brunelleschi; la Collegiata, situata sulla sommità del colle dove un tempo sorgeva il castello. Fu il primo edificio importante fatto costruire dal cardinale. Molto importanti sono gli stupendi affreschi che narrano la storia della Vergine realizzati da Masolino da Panicale attorno al 1428.

    Come raggiungere Castelseprio.
    Autostrada Milano Laghi, direzione per Varese, uscita Solbiate.

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    TORBA

    by IU2 Written Apr 16, 2003

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    Prendendo la strada in direzione di Varese si incontra sulla destra, poco distante da Castelseprio, nel territorio del comune di Gornate Olona, l’antico complesso monastico di Torba. La sua storia è legata a quella di Castelseprio cui era collegata da una linea di mura recentemente riportate alla luce. Sorta nel V-VI secolo come avamposto militare nel corso dell’alto medioevo, nell’VIII secolo fu adibita a monastero. A questa epoca risalgono probabilmente gli affreschi conservati nella poderosa torre e la chiesa di Santa Maria, ricostruita nel corso dell’XI secolo in stile romanico. Il complesso, comprendente anche alcuni edifici rustici, è gestito dal Fondo per l’Ambiente Italiano.

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    CASTELSEPRIO

    by IU2 Written Apr 16, 2003

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    Con il passare degli anni le rovine di Castelseprio furono inghiottite dalla vegetazione dei boschi circostanti. Riportate alla luce con scavi effettuati nel corso degli anni cinquanta, costituiscono al giorno d’oggi una delle località archeologiche ed artistiche tra le più interessanti e importanti in Lombardia.Dell’antico borgo restano alcuni tratti di mura e i ruderi delle chiese quali la basilica di S.Giovanni Evangelista, edificata tra il V e il VII secolo, il battistero dello stesso periodo e la chiesa in stile romanico di San Paolo, a pianta poligonale, molto rara in Lombardia. L’edificio più importante fra quelli emersi dagli scavi è comunque la chiesa di S. Maria foris Portas, (nela foto "Adorazione dei Magi") che sorge fuori dal recinto delle mura. La sua datazione è incerta, V-VI secolo ma più probabilmente VII-VIII secolo, comunque prima del Mille. Conserva al suo interno, sulla parete dell’abside centrale, un’eccezionale ciclo di affreschi, dedicati alla vita di Gesù, probabilmente opera di un artista orientale del VII-VIII secolo, che costituiscono un prezioso e raro documento della pittura altomedievale.

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    The Main Square

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 26, 2003

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    This is the Main Square of the town which is situated just a foot from the Cathedral. In the central part of the square stands the monument in honour of the victims of the WWII.

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