Set at the foot of the Sacro Monte di Varese--a UNESCO world heritage site--is the northern Italian city of Varese. Located 34 miles from Milan, Varese is a popular destination for local and foreign pilgrims traipsing the devotion path to the chapels on the Sacred Mountain. As such, many Varese hotels have sprung up in the city, including country residences and bed and breakfasts. Villas, apartments, and agri-tourism houses are also excellent accommodation options for those looking to spend a tranquil getaway.
When choosing hotels in Varese, location is important. The city overlooks Lake Varese, with the Olona and Ticino Rivers passing through Lombardy province. Lake Lugano, Lake Maggiore, and four smaller lakes dot the area so you should take advantage of hotels that offer great views of the beautiful Varese landscape.
Views and Attractions
What could be more terrific than waking up to a spectacular view of the Sacred Mountain from your Varese hotel room? Rising 2,897 feet above sea level, the Sacred Mountain of Varese is the main attraction of the city. Its pilgrimage path was built in 1604 and today it features 14 different chapels representing the Mysteries of the Rosary. Famous architect Giuseppe Bernascone, more popularly known as Il Mancino, designed all the grand arches, fountains, chapels, and porticos along the way.
Other attractions worth visiting in Varese are Campo dei Fiori, Palazzo Estense, Castello di Masnago, and Battistero di San Giovanni.