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Getting There & Away

Bus C travels through Varese city centre (stopping near Piazza Monte Grappa among other places) then heads up to Santa Maria del Monte (€1.40, one hour). There's also a funicular further down the hill, which runs only on weekends (daily in August), which also connects with the C bus. If you have a car, it's possible to drive up to the back side of the sacro monte this way (but that might be considered cheating).