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Colors of Varese - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

The City of Varese, which is sometimes called “the Garden City” is a charming settlement located on the east shore of Lake Maggiore, in the Lombardy region. It is an idyllic place that never ceases to attract numerous tourists who come to explore Varese and the nearby towns. The city has an unusual location – it is built on seven hills, namely, Giubiano, Campigli, Biumo Superiore, Montalbano, San Pedrino, Miogni, and Sant’Albino. In the past, these hills were used to build fortifications that protected the city.
One of the most original Varese hotels in terms of design is Atahotel Varese. The aparthotel's spacious rooms are decorated in warm colors, an abundance of beautiful fabrics of light shades … Open
Guests of the city will be amazed by its heritage. The ancient Castle of Masnago and Villa Mirabello built in the 17th century are definitely worth a visit. Numerous parks and green spaces with trails for jogging, walking, and cycling are another peculiarity of this gorgeous city. It is safe to say Varese is the right choice for active travelers.
The unusual location has also shaped the character of people who live in this area. The name Varese is of the Celtic origin – in the Celtic language “var” means water. Different nations passed the area of the modern city during its long history, bringing their own traditions and customs. Modern Varese residents are active, they like setting and achieving goals. Water has always been important to them due to the proximity of Lake Maggiore, so there is no wonder why water sports are particularly popular there. Rowing has become a truly national sport in the region. Besides that, local people like golf, horse-riding, and cycling. Copyright
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Beneficial geographical position has boosted economic development of the region, forming the Lombardy’s “economic miracle”. Proximity to Malpensa International Airport, the second biggest airport in the country and the most important transport hub in Southern Europe, also speeds up the development of the region. However, tourists who seek cozy Alpine settlements and unhurried lifestyle will also not be disappointed – they will find charming villages, green hills, religious and non-religious vestiges, and irresistibly charming atmosphere in the countryside.
Piazza Monte Grappa natalizia. Varese. Varese has become internationally famous because of sports competitions it regularly hosts. Excellent characteristics of the lakes and a well-developed infrastructure make the city the permanent base of Italy’s rowing masters. The city hosted the 2012 European Rowing Championships, the 2013 World Rowing Masters Regatta, and a number of smaller events. Teams from across the world come to train to the city, and tourists can regularly watch sports competitions.
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The event schedule of Varese is packed with interesting events in different spheres. Fans of gospel and classical music will like the Varese Gospel Festival that usually takes place in the city in the middle of July. The location of the event is absolutely stunning – the Estense gardens. Attendees have an opportunity to listen to the best voices of Italian choir scene in an idyllic setting. The fabulous event regularly attracts participants from other countries, for example, the London Community Gospel Choir or the French Gospel Choir Blooming Kids. Open Jazz is another great event for music fans. This festival is mostly dedicated to jazz music, but musicians playing in other genres are also usually present in the lineup. It is a casual festival with cordial atmosphere, concerts, meetings, and a charitable auction. The province of Lombardi is incredibly rich in events. There is always something interesting going on in the nearby towns, not to mention Milan that is one of the liveliest cities in the country. As the region has a well-developed transport system, tourists can conveniently move between the cities in order not to miss exciting events and festivals.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Varese and surroundings

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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Varese
♥   Basilica di S. Vittore Martire, Varese, 0.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Santuario di Santa Maria del Monte, Carese, 5.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Chiesa di Santa Maria Foris Portas, Castelseprio, 10 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Monastero di Santa Maria di Torba, Torba, 10.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Santuario-Basilica di Santa Maria dei Miracoli, Morbio Inferiore, 14.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Agnese, Somma Lombardo, 17.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Maria Assunta, Gallarate, 17.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Varese
♥   Castle 'Varese Castle' Varese, 2.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Frascarolo Castle' Induno Olona, 3.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Velate Tower' Varese, 3.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castiglione Olona Castle' Castiglione Olona, 7.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Torba Tower' Gornate Olona, 10.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Jerago Castle' Jerago, 12.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Tradate Castle' Tradate, 12.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique landmarks in Varese and around


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Mario Bellini House

From the series “Extravagant houses and apartments of designers”
Wooden racks were fitted from the floor to the ceiling along the wall. Thousands of the owner's books are carefully placed on them. A specially designed ladder allows moving between these racks. Many beautiful old elements have been preserved in the historic building. There is a cozy room with an old fireplace, pristine windows, as well as antique wood and stone finishes here. … Read further

Basilica di San Lorenzo

From the series “Monuments of Byzantium: the most famous buildings”
A new bell tower was built in it in the 12th century. You can see it even today. Late Antique mosaics are preserved in it. They are considered the main value of the basilica. It was originally built in the Byzantine style. The remaining four towers are its reminding today. They make the basilica look like Hagia Sophia. It is located in Istanbul. The religious monument is interesting not only for its interior decoration and the variety of artifacts today. Its beautiful surrounding area is also noteworthy. … Read further
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Traditions and festivals in cities around Varese

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