Varese

Home to an array of museums and historic sights, visitors flock to Varese for its lake and nearby nature park.

Varese is a city and comune in north-western Lombardy, northern Italy, 55 kilometres (34 mi) north of Milan. The city is home to the Sacro Monte di Varese ('the sacred mountain of Varese'), a place of pilgrimage and worship. It is one of the Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy, included on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Varese is rich in castles, many once pertaining to the Borromeo family. The historic center of the city includes the Praetorian Palace and Villa Cagna, a residential complex that also hosts the Civic Music School of Varese. After the 19th century, it was enriched by villas and their surrounding gardens, many now open to visitors.
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