Varese (Lombard:Varés) is a city in Lombardy, capital of the province.


Varese is a pleasant hillside town located a few kilometers from the Swiss border, with a strong tourist vocation developed already at the beginning of the twentieth century when the realization of quick connections to Milan, recreational and guest facilities, pointed at a place it between the resorts of European call. The city offers a cozy historic centre, stunning views of the namesake lake and the Alps and plenty of opportunity for outdoor and indoor activities. Not far away from Milan, Como, lake Maggiore and the major swiss cities such as Lugano, Locarno and Bellinzona, Varese is a perfect base for visiting other centres and sites in Northern Italy and Switzerland.

Get in

By plane

The nearest airport is Milano-Malpensa that can be reached in 20 minutes by car. There's a well served railway connection to Varese via Milan

By car

Autostrada dei Laghi A8 from Milan. Coming from Switzerland exit in Mendrisio and drive to Varese going through the customs of Stabio-Gaggiolo

By train

The "Servizio Ferroviario Regionale" connects Varese by train to other major cities in Lombardy (R lines). Services are provided by Trenitalia and Ferrovie Nord railway network

Get around

Varese is small enough to get around on foot, and many of the streets are pedestrian-only. Nevertheless if you want to reach and visit towns and villages spread over the area, such as Sacro Monte and S. Ambrogio Olona, we would advise you to use the public transport network, that comprises several lines. Some are mostly within city limits (Urbani) and some are Extraurbani (crossing city limits). Buying a ticket at newstands and bars before boarding is better, otherwise you can buy it on board at the same price of €1.40 for 90 minutes . Taxis can be found on the main roads or reserve at phone number +39.0332.241.800

Prior to or during your visit to Varese it is suggested that you look at the local news site which has all the local news and events that are happening around the city.


Palazzo and estensi gardens
Villa Mirabello
Villa Toeplitz
The historic centre


Sacro Monte, the sanctuary

Swimming & Ice-skating


Hiking and Skiing



Many major labels and designer boutiques (Versace, Hermes, Stefanel, Swarowsky, etc.) can be found in Corso Matteotti, the city centre pedestrian main road. High street brands can be found in the adjacent streets and squares, such as piazza Monte Grappa, piazza Carducci and piazza Giovine Italia.

There are some large undercover shopping centres. "Le Corti" in piazza della Repubblica host sports, shoes, clothes, make-up and electrical stores, as well as the "Centro Commerciale Belforte", a vast supermarket discount with cafés and restaurants in the outskirts towards Como and the Swiss border.


You will be spoiled for choice when eating out in Varese. From small pizzerie to top-end restaurants, you can be sure to find a place that suits your budget and taste.

Most places to eat are open daily. Some may close one day a week, but this varies. Times may be susceptible to change depending on the season.




A multitude of bars and cafes are situated in the city centre. In the summer your best bet is just to wander in   Corso Matteotti and   Piazza Giovine Italia otherwise, if you want to get away from the busy tourist spots, you can find quaint little bars towards the lake,   Sacro Monte and in the district area of   Biumo Superiore, close to Villa Panza and Villa Ponti.

In summer enjoy gelato, an excellent Italian ice cream. The quality mark "gelato artigianale" indicates gelaterie that produce their own ice creams, without industrial processing. Bakeries are open every day, you can enjoy great and inexpensive bread-related food, such as pizza and focaccia. You can find a bakery almost everywhere in Varese, and is a good alternative to bars for a fast lunch.





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