• Art & Culture

Palazzo Estense

Where
Palazzo Estense di Varese
Via Luigi Sacco, 5, Varese
Contacts
+39 0332 255477
Official site

Palazzo Estense was built in the second half of the 18th century to become the home of Francesco III d'Este, the Duke of Modena and the Governor of Lombardy. Francesco III had in fact been a guest of the Menafoglio family in Varese in 1755 and was so impressed by the city that he wanted to obtain it as a feud, which, in fact, he did.

The palace was created by restoring the Villa of Tommaso Orrigoni, demolishing part of the existing houses and significantly changing the spaces to best accommodate the court, the authorities and make them suitable for the large parties held at the palace. The project was entrusted to the architect Giuseppe Antonio Bianchi, who also supervised the construction of the splendid 18th-century garden, one of the most beautiful in the whole of Lombardy.

While the inner rooms of Palazzo Estense are all richly decorated with stucco work worthy of being called art, the beautiful Salone d'onore is most deserving of admiration. The garden, which is connected to the grounds of Villa Mirabello, is animated by lanes, flower beds and a large circular pool that is illuminated every summer during the "Sound and lights" show – a sight to be seen.

Today, Palazzo Estense houses the city administration and the public library and various rooms are used to host conferences and concerts.


Opening hours

Summer: 8:00 - 20:00

Winter: 8:00 - 18:00

Take me here: Palazzo Estense

Places

The Gardens of Palazzo Estense

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The Gardens of Palazzo Estense
46 mt

Varese: the old town

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Varese: the old town
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Waterfalls | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Cascate Varese
250 mt

Basilica di San Vittore

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  • Religious Tourism
Basilica di San Vittore, Churches of Varese
282 mt

Estense Gardens, Villa Mirabello and Civic Archaeological Museum

  • Art & Culture
Estense Gardens, Villa Mirabello and Civic Archaeological Museum
299 mt

Villa Torelli Mylius

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Villa Torelli Mylius
740 mt

Villa Menafoglio Litta Panza

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789 mt

Ville Ponti

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Panza Art Collection
866 mt

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Masnago Castle and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
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5.17 km

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Museo Baroffio e del Santuario del Sacro Monte sopra Varese | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Lago di Varese
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Events

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Activities

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Where to sleep

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LA VECCHIA VARESE

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LE3B B&B

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AL NIFONTANO B&B

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