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—  Comune  —
Comune di Varese
Palazzo Estense

Coat of arms
Varese is located in Italy
Location of Varese in Italy
Coordinates: 45°49′N 08°50′E / 45.817°N 8.833°E / 45.817; 8.833Coordinates: 45°49′N 08°50′E / 45.817°N 8.833°E / 45.817; 8.833
Country Italy
Region Lombardy
Province Varese (VA)
Frazioni Avigno, Belforte, Biumo Inferiore, Biumo Superiore, Bizzozero, Bobbiate, Bosto, Bregazzana, Bustecche, Calcinate degli Orrigoni, Calcinate del Pesce, Campo dei Fiori, Capolago, Cartabbia, Casa Bassa, Casbeno, Cascina Gualtino, Cascina Mentasti, Caverzasio, Fogliaro, Gaggio, Giubiano, Lissago, Masnago, Mirasole, Mustonate, Oronco, Prima Cappella, Rasa di Varese, San Fermo, Sangallo, Santa Maria del Monte, Sant'Ambrogio, Schiranna, Ungheria, Velate
 - Mayor Attilio Fontana
 - Total 54 km2 (20.8 sq mi)
Elevation 382 m (1,253 ft)
Population (31 January 2009)
 - Total 81,922
 Density 1,517.1/km2 (3,929.2/sq mi)
 - Demonym Varesini
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 21100
Dialing code 0332
Patron saint San Vittore
Saint day May 8
Website Official website

Varese About this sound listen (pronounced [vaˈreze] in Italian; Baretium in Latin) is a town and comune in north-western Lombardy, northern Italy, 55 km north of Milan.

It is the capital of the Province of Varese. The hinterland or urban part of the city is called Varesotto.



The town of Varese lies at the feet of Sacro Monte di Varese, which is part of the Campo dei Fiori mountain range. The town also looks over Lake Varese. While the province of Varese lies below the Alps, so mountains and hills constitute 32% and 46% of its territory respectively; other common features are rivers (including the Ticino and Olona) and seven lakes: three are big, (Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano and Lake of Varese and four other smaller ones Lake of Comabbio, Lake of Monate, Lake of Ghirla and Lake of Ganna. The southern part of the province is in the Pianura Padana (the flat bottomland of the River Po).


Varese, like the province, has a very high immigrant population owing to both its economy (many multi-national companies and the nearby EU institution JRC and location (proximity to Milan makes it an ideal place for the latter city's workers).


In 1859, Giuseppe Garibaldi confronted Austrian forces led by Field Marshal-Lieutenant Carl Baron Urban near Varese. Also, it was here were Alessandro Marchetti's Savoia-Marchetti SM.93 made his first test flights.


The town is served by both the state-run Ferrovie dello Stato (FS) and Ferrovie Nord Milano (Le Nord), both of which run high-frequency train services to Milan. In addition, there is a project under way to connect Varese with Malpensa Airport; this line would then continue past Varese to Mendrisio and Lugano in Switzerland. Construction of the Varese-Mendrisio section (17.7 kilometers (11 mi) long) is expected to begin in 2009.[1]

The town has both an extensive city bus network and provincial bus services. The A8 motorway connects Varese with Milan. This motorway was part of the first toll road system in the world. The Italian government gave permission in 2008 to start works on the long awaited Varese-Como-Bergamo motorway, which would also include a bypass of the town of Varese. Works are to start in 2010, and they might be finished by 2013.[2]

Main sights

The town is most famous for the Sacro Monte di Varese ('the sacred mountain of Varese'), a place of pilgrimage and worship. It is one of the Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy, included on the UNESCO World Heritage list.


The economy of Varese is mainly based on industry and, to a lesser extent, specialized agriculture; some famous Varese-based firms are:

and many more as it is one of the most industrialised areas in Northern Italy.

Varese is home to Malpensa International Airport, which serves the international traffic of Milan, Italy.


Varese is home to a European School, the European School, Varese, which was established in 1960 for the children of European Union staff, who work mainly at one of the three Joint Research Centres in nearby Ispra.

It is one of the two sites of the University of Insubria.

Notable people associated with Varese

Music festivals

  • Open Jazz Varese [1]
  • Ghost Day Festival [2]


Varese is known for the Pallacanestro Varese which played, in the 1970s, 10 European Champions Cup finals in a row and won 5 of them.

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Varese is twinned with:

External links


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Varese is a city in Lombardy.

  • Hotel Ungheria, Viale Borri 98, 21100, Varese - Tel. +39.0332.264.325 - Fax +39.0332.264.256 - Web site: [1]. The Hotel Ungheria distinguishes itself among the hotels of Varese for its warm hospitality and its elegant surroundings. Reception (24h), common hall and lounges (equipped with wi-fi internet connections), including a cozy parlor with original furnishings from the 1800’s, are all pervaded by a warm and cordial feeling, making the Hotel Ungheria one of the most appreciated 3 star hotels in Varese. Double room starting from €70. Be aware though, it's very popular among street prostitutes.
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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

VARESE, a town of Lombardy, Italy, in the province of Como, 18 m. by rail W. of that town, and 37 m. N.W. of Milan, 253 ft. above sea-level. Pop. (1901) 7692 (town); 17,666 (commune). It is a well-to-do place, beautifully situated near the Lake of Varese, and for this reason a favourite summer and autumn resort of the Milanese, who have numerous country houses in the vicinity. Among them the Villa Litta and the Villa Ponte may be specially mentioned. The principal church is that of S. Victor (rebuilt1580-1615and 1795), to which is attached an ancient baptistery (dating from the 9th century but rebuilt in the 13th). The fine campanile of the church is 246 ft. high. There is an archaeological museum with prehistoric antiquities from the lake-dwellings on an island in the Lake of Varese. To the N.W. (a journey of 21hours) is the pilgrimage church of the Madonna del Monte (2885 ft.), approached by a path which passes fourteen chapels adorned with 17th-century frescoes and groups in stucco illustrating the mysteries of the rosary. Varese is the seat of active silkspinning, tanning, paper-making and the manufacture of organs and vehicles. Excellent wine is made. Varese is a junction for Porto Ceresio and Laveno.

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Proper noun




  1. Province of Lombardy, Italy.
  2. Capital of the province of Varese.


  • French: Varèse (1, 2)
  • Italian: Varese (1), Varese f. (2)



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Proper noun

Varese f.

  1. Varese (province)
  2. Varese (town)

Derived terms


Simple English

Comune di Varese
Country Italy
Region Lombardy
Province Varese (VA)
Mayor Attilio Fontana (from May 29, 2006)
Elevation 382 m (1,253 ft)
Area 54 km2 (21 sq mi)
Population (as of December 31,2004)
 - Total 96,917
 - Density 1,795/km² (4,649/sq mi)
Time zone CET, UTC+1
Coordinates 45°49′N 08°50′E
Gentilic Varesini
Dialing code0332
Postal code 21100

Varese is a city in northern Italy. Varese is in the Lombardy Region with a population of 96.917 inhabitants.

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