Rob Lloyd is a Canadian gentleman who left everything behind in 2009 and has been traveling ever since. He’s been to roughly 70 countries and is based from a remote Caribbean island off the coast of Nicaragua. Rob loves adventure, luxury, golf, good food, meeting new people and trying new things.
It’s tough to beat Italy in the summer and in this video I make it to Varese, Italy and do some exploring. Most of the day is spent at Sacro Monte di Varese and it’s a stunning place, worth visiting if you’re in the area.
Sacro Monte di Varese may have been home to a church as early as the year 400, when it was rumored that St. Ambrose built a small chapel here.
The first buildings that now make up the shrine on this mountain were built in the 11th century. Word slowly spread about this shrine, leading to an increase in pilgrimages starting in the 15th century.
Visitations picked up in the 17th century, when the Via Sacra was built. Major renovations to the chapels and the sanctuary took place in the early 19th century, which changed their appearance to the baroque style.
Take a stunt glider over Varese Italy, ride some horses and have an awesome dinner in the city, good times in Italy. Hard to beat Italy in the summer and seriously considering it for my European base starting next summer once the building is done.
Spent the morning sailing on Lake Maggiore in Italy, good times.
While in the Lombardy region of Italy I had the utmost pleasure of visiting one of the most magnificent properties I’ve seen in recent memory, Ville Ponti. The main event in my mind and the place we toured was Villa Andrea. It’s the massive three storey building which measures about 30m high. It’s a special building not only because of its size but due to the level of detail in the finishing.
If you’re a fan of great estates, architecture, history and an idea of what life must have been like for industrialists of yesteryear, you’ll love it. Personally, I’m a fan of all that I just mentioned and could have spent an entire day roaming the property paying attention to every last detail they took care of. Something to remember when considering their lifestyle is that Ville Ponti was their summer place.