Varese is one of the most well-kept cities in Italy to the point of being defined as a garden city, the only thing is that it is too close to Milan and many people are not visiting this gem.
There are many monuments and places to visit and several things to do not to mention the many delicious things to taste. Now let’s discover the places that you absolutely need to see.
The city is small, but despite this, it hides precious treasures, like the Estense Palace with its wonderful gardens, compared by Stendhal as “the Versailles of Milan”.
If you are ready to discover the best things to see in this cute city and what to eat of traditional read on this guide.
Varese is located in the region Lombardy pretty close to the biggest town called Milan and you can definitely enjoy a day gateway to this beautiful city.
We can start our visit from the Palazzo Pretorio and the Monument to the Battle of Varese both located in Piazza Podestà, one in front of the other.
The palace is one of the few testimonies of the municipal past of Varese, the seat of the Town Hall for more than 300 years.
Then you definitely want to go visit the Palazzo Estense a true treasure of Varese.
Here the Duke of Modena, Francesco III d’Este, wanted to move his court and for this, he built an enormous palace in Lombard Baroque style. This was defined ads the Versailles of Milan.
The Basilica of San Vittore is one of the most beautiful churches in Varese and is located in the historic center of the city.
It was built between the 16th and 17th centuries following a mix of different architectural styles, the bell tower is in Baroque style, the Baptistery of San Giovanni in Gothic style and the neoclassical.
The Sacro Monte of Varese is a mountain where you can go to see a beautiful view and is a good natural point of view if you like nice landscapes and having a hike.
Lake Varese is located a few kilometers from Varese and is a beautiful lake that you can visit if you love fishing and the lake atmosphere.
Some other monuments and museum worth a visit are:
There are many traditional dishes in this province but still, the dish I like the most is called Risotto Con Gli Asparagi.
If you like asparagus you need to order this dish in the province of Varese, here you will find high-quality asparagus and you will love it.
There are also many other kinds of Risotto dishes that you can eat, for instance, the risotto with Pesce Persico, Risotto con Fegatini, Risotto con la Tinca, Risotto di Zucca.
Cappone in casseruola is another great dish that you can eat in this province where the Cappone meat is mixed with nuts, liquid cream, and several different Cheese.
Agoni con salsa d’Acciughe is another great dish you can eat in any season and that tastes delicious if you like anchovies.
If you want to check out some recipes here is a good link of these plates:
Varese is a well-curated and beautiful city nearby Milan and that a lot of people are not visiting but they are making a big mistake.
In this town, you will be able to find the Palazzo Estense which was called by many important people as the Versailles of Milano.
If you are in Milan and you start getting tired of the crowd and the tourists you should go eat something awesome in Varese and start to explore the area around and all the beautiful things that I have listed above.
The city is quite small and located pretty close to the mountains and a lot of awesome churches, trails, and sanctuaries on the mounts.
If you are smart and willing to put some time visiting this city you will find a tourist office in the main square and you can get information about the evens or food Sagre in the period you are visiting.
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