Lake Maggiore & Around

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Lake Maggiore & Around attractions

1. Parco Archeologico di Castelseprio

0.12 MILES

Spread out in peaceful woods about 1.5km outside the village of Castelseprio, around 20km south of Varese, is the ancient archaeological site of Sibrium,…

2. Monastero di Torba

0.14 MILES

Dating back to the 5th century, the Monastero di Torba started life as a forward watchtower for the Lombard castrum (fortified settlement) of Sibrium; and…

3. Chiesa di Santa Maria Foris Portas

0.27 MILES

Just outside the archaeological site of Sibrium, the small pre-Romanesque Chiesa di Santa Maria Foris Portas was built around the 7th century. Inside in…

4. Museo della Collegiata

2.02 MILES

The nondescript modern town of Castiglione Olona, 8km south of Varese off the SP42 road, contains a quite extraordinary gem. The old centre was largely…

6. Piazza Monte Grappa

6.37 MILES

Piazza Monte Grappa, on the cusp of Varese's old town, is fascinating for history and architecture buffs. The square was completely remade in grand…

7. Torre Civica

6.37 MILES

Soaring high above Varese's main square, this enormous clock tower was built in 1933, and has quite the Fascist-era aesthetic about it. At the base, you…

8. Basilica di San Vittore

6.42 MILES

The showcase attraction of Varese's centre is this ornate basilica, built between the 16th and 17th centuries. The more stolid facade was an 18th-century…