Top 10 Things to do in Varese, Italy

March 9, 2018 Joeann Galban

Varese (Italian: [vaˈreːze] ( listen), Latin Baretium, archaic German: Väris, Varés in Varesino) is a city and comune in north-western Lombardy, northern Italy, 55 kilometres (34 mi) north of Milan.
Restaurants in Varese

1. Sacro Monte Unesco di Varese

Viale del Santuario, 21100, Varese, Italy +39 0332 180 5268
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Sacro Monte Unesco di Varese

The Sacro Monte of Varese Unesco, is far few kilometers from the city. It consists of the Holy Road and the Sanctuary. The Holy Road with its 14 chapels, rise the mountain up to the little village of Santa Maria del Monte and it ends with the Sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin. The rise is 2 kilometers along on a pebbly path, and every chapel represents one of the Mystery of Jesus’s life. You can find at the mountaintop the Sanctuary, the Cloister of Monache Romite Ambrosiane, The Museo Baroffio e del Santuario, the Casa Museo Lodovico Pogliaghi, the permanent natity scene, and different restaurants, bar, pizzeria, hotels and b&b. Don't miss the Emporio, a Multifunctional shop where visitors can find touristic informations.

Reviewed By CarolienBAC - Leuven, Belgium

When visiting Sacro Monte di Varese, it isn't hard to see why this little village on the mountain is UNESCO world heritage. The village has a real authentic feel to it. The chapels on the holy road are beautiful, the interior of the Sanctuary on...MoreThanks for your great review, come back to visit us!

2. Birrificio Angelo Poretti

Via Olona 103, 21056 Induno Olona, Italy
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4.5 based on 60 reviews

Birrificio Angelo Poretti

Reviewed By tesoro16 - Busto Arsizio, Italy

Ho visitato il birrificio nel corso di eventi proposti dal comune di Varese. Si visitano la sala cottura, molto bella ed altri spazi della fabbrica. Alla fine c'è la degustazione dei vari tipi di birra prodotti. Bello il parco con delle piante magnifiche. La villa non è visitabile, la si può ammiirare solo dall'esterno. Brave e preparate le due ragazze che ci hanno fatto da guida. Non guasterebbe qualche cartello per segnalare il birrificio visto che abbiamo faticato a trovarlo. La durata della visita e di un'ora e mezza. Non è indicata per persone con difficoltà motorie.

3. Museo della Collegiata di Castiglione Olona

Via Cardinal Branda 1, 21043 Castiglione Olona, Italy +39 0331 858903
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4.5 based on 60 reviews

Museo della Collegiata di Castiglione Olona

The most important monument founded by Branda is the Collegiate church, built on the top of the upper hill of the village, on the site of the ancient castle, which remains of the entrance portal are still visible. The church and the Baptistery are part of the Collegiate Museum. Both have been decorated by Masolino da Panicale, one of the most important painters in Florence at the time of the transition from International Gothic to Renaissance. Lorenzo di Pietro called "il Vecchietta" and Paolo Schiavo worked with him in the Collegiate apse. But Masolino left in Castiglione his masterpiece: the frescoes of the Baptistery, with their fascinating fusion of landscapes and architectures, religious history and Renaissance setting, make the chapel, painted in every centimetre, one of the best achievements of the early Italian Renaissance.

Reviewed By Dorian C - Milan, Italy

Piccolo ma interessante museo legato alle opere d'arte sacra di proprietà della Collegiata, dove poter ammirare con un allestimento sobrio, ma perfetto, alcuni capolavori come gli antifonari, calici ed ostensori, alcuni dipinti su tavola tra cui la magnifica pala d'altare del trecentesco Neri di Bicci. Costo 6 euro + 6 euro se si vogliono fare foto anche in Collegiata e Battistero. Da vedere !

4. Villa e Collezione Panza

Piazza Litta 1, 21100, Varese, Italy +39 0332 283960
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4.5 based on 538 reviews

Villa e Collezione Panza

Reviewed By Joan L - Los Altos, California

Three hours of enjoyment! The juxtaposition of truly wonderful modern art and the history of the venue combine to make this an extraordinary experience.
Our most memorably part of this visit was the time we spent in the James Turrell exhibit -- Engaging, thought provoking and delightful!
Additionally, we enjoyed an excellent light lunch at the Luce Cafe in the Villa.

5. Lindt Factory Store

Via Olona, 21056 Induno Olona, Italy +39 0332 209111
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4 based on 96 reviews

Lindt Factory Store

Reviewed By gowerguy - Great Malvern, United Kingdom

There is plenty of free parking outside the factory shop, which is well sign-posted.
It's a large, well laid out, bright and spotlessly clean building and the staff are extremely helpful. Needless to say so much chocolate with up to 50% discount puts a smile on everybody's faces.
Every type of Lindt chocolate that you see in shops is available here plus some I did not know existed, well not in the UK at least. Unlike a lot of factory stores these are not seconds sold here. Every Lindt product straight from production in the adjacent factory but heavily discounted. Paradise!
Be prepared to be here ages and you will almost certainly buy more than you intended!
Worth noting: it's a great place to buy presents as they sell a good variety of pre-packaged gifts.
Not to be missed.

6. Osservatorio Astronomico Campo dei Fiori

Campo dei Fiori, 21100, Varese, Italy +39 0332 235491
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4.5 based on 99 reviews

Osservatorio Astronomico Campo dei Fiori

Reviewed By Sabmue - Zurich, Switzerland

We went to the Osservatorio during our hike trip from Sacro Monte. The park around the Osservatorio is really nice. Unfortunately it was not open when we were there but you get a really beautiful view from the top of the mountain (360 degree view). You can see many different plants in the park which are marked with Name and so on.

7. La Rosa della Pace

Via Maciachini 9, 21056 Induno Olona, Italy +39 0332 206001
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5 based on 13 reviews

La Rosa della Pace

Reviewed By VioletGr - Brno, Czech Republic

This is a small place with a lot kinds of roses. Smells wonderfully! You can park before cemetery. it's 20 meters from garden.

8. Pista Ciclopedonale del lago di Comabbio

Strada Provinciale 18 | Comabbio, 21029, Varese, Italy +39 011 985 0696
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4.5 based on 241 reviews

Pista Ciclopedonale del lago di Comabbio

Reviewed By vareseit - Varese, Italy

This path is very very pretty, it makes the turn of the comabbio's lake .you can get it from varese's path's lake. I'm not sure about the kilometres but I guess around 15km Comabbio lake and 28 km varese lake

9. Palazzo e Giardini Estensi

presso Comune Varese, Varese, Italy
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4.5 based on 433 reviews

Palazzo e Giardini Estensi

Reviewed By Zakatak2

This is a quite beautiful park attached to a palazzo. Varese is in general kind of off the beaten track. But if you're there, do check this out. It's reminiscent of the Boboli Gardens in Firenze, on a smaller scale. Very friendly and welcoming. Locals walking their dogs, kids playing.

10. Chiesa di San Pietro in Silvis

Via Faina, Induno Olona, Italy
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Chiesa di San Pietro in Silvis

Reviewed By ga77ia - Dublin

My sister got married in this tiny 14th century church , the fresco ahave been lovingly restore , the little court yard is Darling and if you are ever in the area i can only reccomend a sneaky peak !

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