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Varese: the old town

Where
Piazza Podestà, Basilica di San Vittore, torre campanaria, Chiostro di Sant'Antonino
Corso Giacomo Matteotti, Varese

The old part of the city of Varese is quite distinctive with ancient porticoes and galleries where the city’s traders have plied their wares since time immemorial. When strolling around the streets if you raise your gaze you can see the architectural features of the old city centre around which the life of Varese once revolved. Houses were usually built with the shop on the ground floor under a portico for protection from the rain, the home on the first floor and behind would have been gardens and a small vegetable patch to feed the household. Other stunning historical locations include Piazzetta del Podestà with the monument to Garibaldi’s troops during the Battle of Varese, Palazzo del Pretorio and Palazzo Biumi (“Broletto”), the Basilica of San Vittore with its bell tower. At the end of the footpath is the Cloister of Sant'Antonino on which construction began in 1599. A little further along is a row of bars that keep the Varese night life buzzing late into the night.

  

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Places

Basilica di San Vittore

Entering the historical core, walking through the streets of the center you'll be enchanted by the vision of the Basilica
  • Religious Tourism
Basilica di San Vittore, Churches of Varese
95 mt

Cloister of S. Antonino

One of the most historic places in the centre of Varese, known for the spring blossoming of azalee.
  • Art & Culture
Chiostro di Sant'Antonino - Varese
109 mt

Waterfalls | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Active & Green
Cascate Varese
198 mt

Palazzo Estense

  • Art & Culture
Palazzo Estense
211 mt

The Gardens of Palazzo Estense

  • Active & Green
The Gardens of Palazzo Estense
251 mt

Estense Gardens, Villa Mirabello and Civic Archaeological Museum

  • Ville e giardini
Estense Gardens, Villa Mirabello and Civic Archaeological Museum
440 mt

The Cedar of Villa Mirabello

The majestic tree dominates the historic centre of Varese and leaves anyone standing under its imposing foliage speechless.
  • Art & Culture
The Cedar of Villa Mirabello
455 mt

Ville Ponti

An ancient residential complex owned by a Ponti’s family and now an efficient Congress Centre, property of Varese Chamber of Commerce.
  • Ville e giardini
Ville Ponti
736 mt

Villa Torelli Mylius

  • Ville e giardini
Villa Torelli Mylius
755 mt

Masnago Castle and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

  • Art & Culture
Masnago Castle and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
2.16 km

Castiglioni Museum

Un affascinante viaggio tra archeologia e etnologia, tra deserto e savana, tra mito e realtà
  • Art & Culture
Castiglioni Museum
2.84 km

Birrificio Angelo Poretti

  • Lifestyle
Birrificio Angelo Poretti
2.87 km

Villa e Parco Toeplitz

  • Art & Culture
Villa e Parco Toeplitz
3.1 km

Induno Olona

Important in the past due to its numerous factories, Induno still retains a certain historical-industrial relevance today
  • Art & Culture
Induno Olona
3.63 km

Lake Varese: the cycling route and footpath

  • Rivers
Lake Varese: the cycling route and footpath
3.83 km

Sacro Monte of Varese

Perched on a hill with breathtaking views, Sacro Monte di Varese has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2003.
  • Unesco Sites
Suggestive view of the tenth chapel of Sacro Monte di Varese, with the arch in the foreground, reflecting the artistic and spiritual beauty of this UNESCO site
4.75 km

Casa Museo Lodovico Pogliaghi | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Art & Culture
Casa museo Pogliaghi
5.1 km

Sacri Monti in Piedmont and Lombardy

  • Unesco Sites
Sacro Monte di Varese
5.19 km

Sacro Monte Varese

  • Religious Tourism
@inlombardia - sacro monte varese
5.23 km

Golf Club Varese

Golf Club Varese offers incomparably beautiful views that embrace Monte Rosa, the Maggiore, Varese and Monate lakes.
  • Golf
Golf Club Varese, Luvinate (VA)
5.33 km

Events

The Gran Fondo Tre Valli Varesine On Road Competition

Varese
05/10/2024 - 06/10/2024
  • Cycle Tourism
The Gran Fondo Tre Valli Varesine On Road Competition
642 mt

Activities

Bike Tour around the Lakes of Comabbio and Varese

  • Cycle Tourism
Bike Tour around the Lakes of Comabbio and Varese
14.27 km

Where to sleep

REPUBBLICA DI OZ ROOMS AND APARTMENTS

Varese
REPUBBLICA DI OZ ROOMS AND APARTMENTS
77 mt

B&B VARESE CENTRO

Varese
B&B VARESE CENTRO
149 mt

ALBERGO RISTORANTE BOLOGNA SRL

Varese
ALBERGO RISTORANTE BOLOGNA SRL
197 mt

CRYSTAL HOTEL VARESE

Varese
CRYSTAL HOTEL VARESE
244 mt

HOTEL DI VARESE

Varese
HOTEL DI VARESE
279 mt

HOTEL EUROPA

Varese
HOTEL EUROPA
284 mt

STAURENGHI FLORA

Varese
STAURENGHI FLORA
352 mt

STAURENGHI BLU

Varese
STAURENGHI BLU
352 mt

STAURENGHI AMARETTO

Varese
STAURENGHI AMARETTO
352 mt

MEDIOEVO

Varese
MEDIOEVO
364 mt

VARESE LOVELY STAY

Varese
VARESE LOVELY STAY
365 mt

KIBILÙ VIA ORRIGONI

Varese
KIBILÙ VIA ORRIGONI
464 mt

CITY HOTEL

Varese
CITY HOTEL
517 mt

GRIFOVARESE

Varese
GRIFOVARESE
541 mt

FEELING AT HOME - VARESE APARTMENT

Varese
FEELING AT HOME - VARESE APARTMENT
558 mt

LA MARTINO B&B

Varese
LA MARTINO B&B
620 mt

ART HOTEL VARESE

Varese
ART HOTEL VARESE
636 mt

INVILLA BNB

Varese
INVILLA BNB
680 mt

CASA RADIOSA

Varese
CASA RADIOSA
680 mt

ALBERGO MIRA

Varese
ALBERGO MIRA
702 mt