Varese Travel Guide

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    the passageway
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    Museo Baroffio
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Varese Things to Do

  • Sacro Monte del Rosario trail

    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...

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  • Palazzo Estense

    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...

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  • San Vittorio

    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

    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

    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...

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  • The passage

    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

    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 Main Square

    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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  • The Baptistery

    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

    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...

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  • TORBA

    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...

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  • CASTELSEPRIO

    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...

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Varese Restaurants

  • Fantastic antipasti

    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...

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  • Pizzeria - Osteria

    Per queli che vogliono mangiare bene e spendere pocco, questo e un posto ideale. Oltre di pizza, che di qualita superiore e si vende a METRO (si metro oppure 100 cm), si offre pesce fresca e ben preparata, spagetti a mille modi

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  • Ristorante Napolitano

    Restaurant "Lido" is situated in Gavirate, on the coast of the Lake of Varese. - pizza alla vecchia Napoli- linguini all'asticebesides, all kind of frish fish

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Varese Nightlife

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    by jelw Updated Apr 3, 2005

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    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.

    We stayed and played for hours
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Varese Transportation

  • TRAINS TO VARESE

    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...

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  • transport in varese

    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...

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  • By car

    I am usually traveling by car, from Milano to Varese with A8 highway. As far as I know, there are very good and very often connections by local buses.

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Varese Shopping

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  • Cheaper Food Market

    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.

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  • Small reatail shops

    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 up

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Varese Warnings and Dangers

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    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 26, 2005

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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.

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Varese Off The Beaten Path

  • Casteletto sopra Ticino

    In a few occasions I couldn't find available hotel in the city of Varese and in such a case Casteletto is my alternative destination for the accommodation. It is small town 30km far from Varese which belongs to Piedmont. Actually, it consist of the two locations, Casteletto sopra Ticino and Borgo Ticino, which divides the bridge on the river...

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  • Il Santuario - the Pope

    On 2nd November 1984, in the fourth centennial of San Carlo Borromeo's death, the Pope John Paul II, visited the Sacro Monte to celebrate that great figure of the Ambrosian Church. In honour of that event, the people of Sacro Monte built the statue of the Pope which stands on the little square in front of the sanctuary.

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  • Santa Maria del Monte - accomodation

    This beautiful little hotel is situated just a foot from the church and Museo Baroffio. There is a kind of underground portico which leads from the church right to the hotel.The hotel alone is situated on the fantastic spot from where you have a magnificient view at the town of Varese and its surroundings.

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Varese Sports & Outdoors

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    by croisbeauty Written Oct 3, 2007

    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.

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Varese Favorites

  • The main city square

    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.r

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  • The Main Street

    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.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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