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Varese is a town and a province in North-Western Lombardy, 55 km North of Milan. It has an area of 1,199 km2 and a total population of almost 889,000 inhabitants.

  • Varese is a town and a province in North-Western Lombardy, 55 km North of Milan. It has an area of 1,199 km2 and a total population of almost 889,000 inhabitants.

  • Varese, with its 141 municipalities it is the fourth most populous province in Lombardy.

  • It is bordered on the North and East by Switzerland (Canton Ticino), on the East by the province of Como, on the South by the province of Monza and Brianza and the province of Milan, on the West by Piedmont.



The lakes are one of the main characteristics of this region, along with the Alps mountains. There are more than TEN LAKES that can be seen from “Campo dei Fiori”, the highest mountain in the region.

  • The lakes are one of the main characteristics of this region, along with the Alps mountains. There are more than TEN LAKES that can be seen from “Campo dei Fiori”, the highest mountain in the region.

  • THE MAIN LAKES OF THE REGION ARE:

  • 1) Lake Maggiore 2) Lake Delio 3) Lake Ceresio 4) Lake of Ganna

  • 5) Lake of Brinzio 6) Lake of Ghirla

  • 7) Lake of Montegrino

  • 8) Lake of Varese 9) Lake of Comabbio

  • 10) Lake of Monate



Lake Maggiore

  • Lake Maggiore

  • Lake of Comabbio

  • Lake of Monate

  • Lake of Biandronno

  • Lake of Varese



Lake of Ghirla

  • Lake of Ghirla

  • Lake of Brinzio

  • Lake of Ganna

  • Lake of Delio

  • Lake of Montegrino



Virginia island

  • Virginia island

  • In the Lake of Varese there is a very little isle called “Isolino Virginia”. It has a triangular shape and a surface of 9200 m2. On this isle some archaeologicals remains were found:

  • some important Neolithic lake dwellings sites

  • dating back to 3500 BC. Artifacts were also found, namely, quartz, flint blades, cusps of arrow.



Islands Morphology Monuments

  • Islands Morphology Monuments

  • Le Isole Borromee

  • Isola dei Pescatori

  • Isolino di San Giovanni

  • Isolotto della Malghera

  • Isole di Brissago

  • Isola di San Pancrazio

  • Isola di Sant’Apollinare

  • Isolino Partegora



The archipelago of the Borromean Islands lies between Stresa and Verbania: Isola Madre, Isola Bella and Isola Superiore dei Pescatori.

  • The archipelago of the Borromean Islands lies between Stresa and Verbania: Isola Madre, Isola Bella and Isola Superiore dei Pescatori.

  • In front of the Swiss resort of Brissago there are the two Brissago’s Islands.



An important monument of lake Maggiore is S.Caterina del Sasso Ballaro.

  • An important monument of lake Maggiore is S.Caterina del Sasso Ballaro.

  • It is one of the most important religious sites. It is located on a rock overlooking the lake. The site of S.Caterina was built because a pilgrim went to this place, during the XII century, to live in seclusion and pray.



The fortress was one of the main strategic control of Lake Maggiore in ancient times. The defensive structure of the base of the Rock of Angera dates back to a period prior to the tenth century.

  • The fortress was one of the main strategic control of Lake Maggiore in ancient times. The defensive structure of the base of the Rock of Angera dates back to a period prior to the tenth century.

  • The fortress also offers a good view of the Alps and of the lake.



VISCONTI’S Castles in the region of Varese:

  • VISCONTI’S Castles in the region of Varese:

  • The castle was rebuilt

  • in the '600 by the

  • Visconti, not as a fortress

  • but as a residence.

  • CASTLE OF CISLAGO



Other monuments in the region of Varese are: Chiostro of Voltorre, Balia of S. Gemolo, Tower of Velate.

  • Other monuments in the region of Varese are: Chiostro of Voltorre, Balia of S. Gemolo, Tower of Velate.



San Gemolo was a young soldier,

  • San Gemolo was a young soldier,

  • beheaded because of his faith.

  • He was buried in the place where the abbey now stands. According to the legend, he carried his own head being beheaded.



There are even some monuments built

  • There are even some monuments built

  • in Art Nouveau style: the most

  • important ones are Palace grand Hotel

  • and the beer house called “Poretti”.



Thrilling Activities Tourism

  • Thrilling Activities Tourism



Rowing -> Thanks to the wonderful lakes rowing is widely practiced with a lot of international competitions .

  • Rowing -> Thanks to the wonderful lakes rowing is widely practiced with a lot of international competitions .

  • Cycling-> In the cycle paths which surround the lakes you can see a lot of people cycling.

  • Windsurf-> During summer tourists love to do windsurf in our charming lakes.

  • Swimming -> In most lakes of Varese people can swim as a sport or just for fun.




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