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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Hotel Al Lago is highly recommened to those who are travelling by car, it is situated in a close...more
. Our hotel, within the city, was a restored villa with landscaped grounds that is now a 4-star...more
This hotel has been my home away from home on two occasions. The staff provide the best service. The...more
Vecchia Riva is one of my favourite restaurants, it offers nice and quiet ambient situated very close to the lakeshore and sorrounded by lots of greenery. The cuisine is typicall north Italian, local dishes from Lombardy and Piedmont, but also Mediterranean offering pretty good seafood. Not of less importance, the prices are very acceptable. First...more
We intended just to have a nightcap. The ambiance and the drinks bekoned us to stay a bit longer. Well at least till the concierge told us it was time to close down for the night.
A lovely time was had by all.
Dress Code: I don't know that special dress is required but this is an upscale facility. I would be comfortable in evening gown or nice jeans here. I wouldn't suggest cut offs and sneakers though.
From Milano, the capital of North Italy, you have 2 train lines to Varese. The FFS (Public rail) and the FNM (Private Rail). There's not difference in the quality but the FFS, is a little Cheap (Of course).The only advatage you have with FNM is more frequency trains to Varese.You can take FFS train to Varese in the "GARIBALDI STATION" in Milano...more
When i went into the very pretty Varese town....I was surprised to find that ...very few people spoke any english......so communication often was a problem since i spoke no italian!.......esp with the bus drivers and small shop owners... though they were very friendly and tried their level best to explain everything in the local lingo.....Frankly i...more
One of the cheapest food store in Varese is PENNY MARKET. You can Join it in "Via Crispi" (Crispi street) in the middle. There's a local bus passing in these street. If you are a good walker you can go also by feet from the center. Is a 20 minutes walk.You find it on the left, after the "Brunella" big church and an IP gasoline station.more
This is the main pedestrian and sopping centre situated under the porticoes, with many good outlet and shoes shops. Absolutely the shoes because the trade-mark of "Varese" manufacturer is widely known in Italy and in the rest of the world. In case you want to buy quality shoes, starting from 100 euros upmore
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When snowing in Varese it is a kind of nightmare if you have to drive throughout the city. The town is situated on several hills and most of the streets have up and down direction. The best is to live your car in the huge garage on Piazza della Republica. Also, when booking your hotel make sure it is not on the top of the hill.
......, Lately the religious aspect became more and more evident. In the first half of the 15th century, the Sanctuary became an active centre of spiritual life and groups of anchorites settled in the mountain spending their lives inpraying and fasting.In 1452, the blessed Caterina Moriggia da Pallanza retreated to live a monastic life nearby the...more
An ancient document dating back to 922, indicates that the Church of Santa Maria "sited on Mount Vellate" gave its name to the Sacro Monte over Varese. Presumably the area became a military site in the Roman Age, keeping on this peculiarity for centuries.However, since ages the Sacro Monte has been a sacred place for all the Lombard people. Its...more
This is the reason why I am visiting Varese regularly. It is connected with the job I am doing but it has nothing to do with the car industry.
The town of Varese is all up and down numerous hills and not easy to find directions, therefore if driving by car one should stickly follow the signs, risking otherwise to be cought in the internal labyrint of narrow streets. All streets lead into or from the main square so, in case you lost just go back and start again from here.rmore
This is the Main Street of the town, it's heart and bussiness center. Most of the buildings in this area have Neo-Classical look which irresistebly reminds on "mitteleuropen" style. My first impression was, it almost look like the town of Graz in Austria.Along this street you can find a couple of good clothing and shoe shops.more