The Velate Tower is one of the finest medieval buildings in the Varese area.
Built in the 11th century in a dominating position to protect the southern part of the burgh of Velate, it was disabled during the struggles between the cities of Milan and Como in the 12th century. Originally comprising four sides 25 metres high, the parts remaining today are the north and east walls, and four single-lancet windows in the left side with ashlar stone profiles.
The Tower can be seen from the road from Varese to Lake Maggiore. It is owned by the FAI (Italian Fund for the Environment).