Ancient medieval village surrounded by greenery, the city of Varese under the domination of Rome soon became one of the most flourishing centers of the empire. The imperial testimonies are still present in the majestic villas that surround the town and that together with marvelous gardens and wooded paths represent the true and eternal beauty of the city of Varese. And a great lake can not be missing to enrich the already wide natural variety of Varese. The city, in fact, overlooks the shores of Lake Maggiore (the second largest in Italy) and boasts within its territory the impressive Natural Park of the Ticino Valley: true flagship of the "garden city", as Stendhal called the municipality of Varese. But the city is not just nature and enchanting gardens. The center of Varese is able to offer the visitor numerous artistic, historical and architectural alternatives, such as the Basilica of San Vittore, dedicated to the patron saint of the city, and which towers over Piazza Canonica from the imposing bell tower. Also not to be missed is the visit to the Palazzo del Pretorio, a true testimony of the municipal past; of Palazzo Estense, a place of residence of Francesco III d'Este and that was defined by Stendhal the "Versailles of Milan" and of Villa Mirabello, surrounded by a charming park in the "English" style where you can still admire the ancient Oratory of the Blessed Virgin of Sorrows. And Varese also offers leisure activities and outdoor relaxation. In the evening the center of Varese comes alive with life and between Piazza Cesare Beccaria and via Cavallotti the heart of the city becomes a theater of encounters, sounds and colors for young people and not only.
The city of Varese is well connected to the main national and international locations through the nearby airports of "Milano Malpensa" (about 30 km away) and from the Milan Linate airport "(about 60 km). Also provided efficient train connections (as many as three train stations) or by bus. Reaching the center of Varese is in fact easy for travelers coming from Italy or from major European locations such as Switzerland.
The city of Varese is easily reachable by air both with flag carriers and low cost. To reach the city of Varese from the "Milano Malpensa" airport, it is necessary to take the A8 motorway ("dei Laghi"). In about 30 minutes by car you will reach your destination. Alternatively, to reach the city of Varese from the "Milan Malpensa" airport, you can use the "Airpulmann" or "Morandi Tour" bus company that connect the airport to the Gallarate railway station. From here continue to the railway station of Varese (about 30 minutes). From the "Milano Linate" airport to reach the Varese area, the "Starfly" bus service is recommended, which will take you to the Milano Centrale train station. From the central station of Milan there are numerous train connections both with regional routes and with high-speed trains for the city of Varese.
The city of Varese has three railway stations: Varese-Casbeno; Varese - Piazzale Trieste and Varese Nord (Piazzale Trento), which provide fast and fast connections to the Milan Cadorna and Milano Porta Garibaldi stations, but also to the towns of Lecco (about 70 minutes) and Saronno (about 40 minutes). Scheduled high-speed sections with trains operated by Trenitalia (Frecciarossa and Frecciargento). For more information, consult the website www.trenitalia.com . Alternatively, from Malpensa airport you can use the "Malpensa Express" train towards Milan Cadorna. From here, get off at the Saronno stop and then continue with the fast connection to Varese.
The city of Varese is connected to many towns in the province thanks to a dense network of suburban buses that depart and arrive from the bus station (Piazza Kennedy), which is close to the Varese Casbeno and Varese Piazzale Treno railway stations. Public transport is managed by the Consorzio Trasporti Pubblici Insubria company.
If you plan to spend a few days in the beautiful town of Varese, the car is probably not the best choice. Much of the historical center of the city is in fact forbidden to cars. However, it is possible to use the paid parking at 500 meters from the historic center, in Piazza della Repubblica or use the ecological car-sharing service e-vai, which has several parking spots in the city.
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