Varese and the West shore

The city of Varese and the small towns on the east shore of Lake Maggiore belong to the region of Lombardy.

Varese is built on seven hills, Biumo Superiore, Giubiano, San Pedrino, Sant’Albino, Montalbano, Campigli and Miogni, and is surrounded by the historic “castellanze”, which were fortified districts set outside the historic centre, once self-governing and today an integral part of the city.

A lively, busy town, Varese abounds in historical and cultural attractions, such as the ancient Castle of Masnago and the 17th century Villa Mirabello.  It is also famous for its many gardens and green spaces, winning it the appellation of “garden city”. Set in the Regional Nature Park “Il Parco dei Fiori”, Varese offers a wealth of walks and trails for jogging, cycling and walking for all tastes.

The Lombard shore of Lake Maggiore is fringed with the little towns of Sesto Calende, Angera, Santa Caterina del Sasso, Laveno, Luino and Maccagno, each with attractive natural or architectural features typical of lakeside communities.

Outstanding among the historical treasures of the Lombard shore of Lake Maggiore are the Rocca di Angera, a superbly conserved medieval castle in a dominating position, and the Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso, a fine monastery complex dating from the 14th century, perched on a cliff above the lake.

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Top Events

Tra Sacro e Sacro Monte

Varese, From 6 July to 27 July 2017

Il Lago Cromatico

Lombardy side of Lake Maggiore, From 2 June to 23 September 2017

Marcello Morandini at the MA*GA

Gallarate, From 12 March to 16 July 2017

Robert Wilson for Villa Panza. Tales

Varese, From 16 November to 15 October 2017

Tra Sacro e Sacro Monte

Varese, From 6 July to 27 July 2017

Il Lago Cromatico

Lombardy side of Lake Maggiore, From 2 June to 23 September 2017

Marcello Morandini at the MA*GA

Gallarate, From 12 March to 16 July 2017

Robert Wilson for Villa Panza. Tales

Varese, From 16 November to 15 October 2017

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The beautiful countryside around Lake Maggiore offers peerless convention facilities. With its natural and artistic beauties boasts a long tradition in the meeting and convention hosting sector with many excellent venues and services, and unrivalled hospitality facilities. Quality, hospitality and the varied and beautiful scenery make it one of the preferred destinations for visitors from all around the world.