Varese is an enchanting kaleidoscope of colours: on one hand the greens of the gardens and protected parks embracing the town (with a total surface area of around 85,000 hectares) and, on the other, the blue of the area’s many lakes. It is precisely the harmony and juxtaposition of these two colours which enchants and charms all visitors.

“The garden city”, “land of the seven lakes”, “the Versailles of Milan” (G. Leopardi): these are all names which Varese has merited over the years. Its incomparably beautiful panoramas are accompanied by an important artistic and cultural heritage: the Sacro Monte chapels, the art nouveau buildings which earned the town the title ‘noble town’ in the 19th century (famous architect Sommaruga considered the ‘Prince of Art Nouveau’ was the man behind a great many villas in the area).

And around the town is the enchanting Eremo di Santa Caterina del Sasso, perched over Lake Maggiore, as well as Rocca Borromeo in Angera. These are all places which have inspired the stories and art of writers and painters such as Piero Chiara, Nobel prize winner Dario Fo, Vittorio Sereni, Guido Morselli and Renato Guttuso. In the 19th century Stendhal commented:

“The places I am passing through are of such beauty that my imagination can add not a single line…”

VARESE ECONOMICS BUSINESS CROSSROADS, THE CENTRE OF EUROPE
Its strategic geographic location near Milan and Switzerland makes Varese an important trading and cultural exchange hub. Cradle of Italian industry since the 19th century with the first textile plants, Varese still has one of the highest growth rates in Europe. The great variety of its industrial and artisan products makes the town a manufacturing multi-district. Exports are significant with over 40% of the goods produced sold on markets the world over.

 

POST CONGRESS
There is plenty to make your stay in Varese special and your event unique. Ville Ponti staff are on hand to help your guests organise their free time with ad hoc proposals.

VARESE AND SPORT
Land, air and water: Varese offers guests the chance to try their hands at a range of sports and not just for experts. Specialist skills and sports facilities, together with the valley’s verdant greens and the blues of its lakes, are good reasons to organise sports events such as team building. To offer sport and related tourist activities to sports event organisers, the Chamber of Commerce has developed the Varese Sport Commission project.

VARESE – ART AND NATURE
A wide range of itineraries winding along the banks of blue lakes to magnificent towns and villages: an infinity of history and natural beauty itineraries. These are just a few Some examples:
Varese historic town centre with its belltower, Basilica di San Vittore, Arco Mera, Piazza Podestà and Il Corso, Palazzo Biumi (Broletto), Palazzo Estense with its splendid gardens, Villa Mirabello, site of the Civic Museum, and Castello di Masnago.
Sacro Monte di Varese, UNESCO heritage site.
Tour of Lake Maggiore including Rocca Borromeo di Angera, Eremo di Santa Caterina del Sasso in Leggiuno.
A cruise on Lake Maggiore to Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Isola dei Pescatori.

VARESE FLAVOURS
There are restaurants scattered across the province in which you can try characteristic Italian and gourmet foods, including in accordance with the various dietary needs.
You can also try local products: from Formaggella del Luinese to Alpine foothill charcuterie, wines from Ronchi Varesini, Monate peaches, DOP gorgonzola and a honey which has been awarded protected denomination status (DOP).
Don’t miss out on a pre-dinner drink in the local bars for a good Poretti beer, DiSaronno, Angera grappas and Apollo aperitifs.
And for those with a sweet tooth there are veritable delicacies to be tried in the town centre’s pastry shops: Gavirate’s Brutti e Buoni, Saronno’s Amaretti, the Varese dessert, Gallarate amaretti and craft and Lindt chocolate.

VARESE SHOPPING
Varese is ready to satisfy all your shopping requirements! 
The historic centre porticoes are the place to be for a spot of designer shopping, although there is no shortage of shops throughout the territory. Shopping in Varese is all about big fashion brands and designers, authentic purchasing opportunities and the discovery of niche products.

FACILITIES

VILLA

ANDREA

Villa Andrea offers the perfect blend of history and modernity, a unique and truly fascinating venue, perfect for anyone looking for a charming setting complete with efficient and functional equipment.
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VILLA

NAPOLEONICA

Villa Napoleonica has been skilfully and functionally restructured and renovated to combine spacious modern and modulable facilities with original settings characterised by nineteenth century style and allure. Its excellent congress facilities make it the perfect venue for events of all sizes.
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EVENTS

Located in the heart of the city of Varese, the Ville Ponti Congress Centre, with 18 modular and technologically advanced halls complete with a secular park, is the only facility capable of fulfilling a vast array of requirements, thanks to its extensive exhibition areas suitable for organising all kinds of events.

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CORPORATE EVENTS

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SPECIAL EVENTS

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WEDDINGS

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