Weekend trip between Varese and Lake Maggiore
4 July 2016
Lakes, mountains, sports and culture: Varese and its land offer a lot of possibilities to people who decide to spend a weekend there. What you absolutely cannot miss? Here’s a perfect plan to spend an unforgettable weekend in the land of the lakes.
It is very useful to divide the area into different parts, and visit them in different days: let’s start from the south of the Province.
Spend the first morning strolling around the strange and beautiful contemporary art works of the Maga museum in Gallarate (www.museomaga.it/en/) and then head to the area around Tradate: here you cannot miss the famous archeological park of Castelseprio (www.castelseprio.net) and the Convent of Torba (www.vareselandoftourism.com/code/18349/The-Convent-of-Torba-Gornate-Olona). At this point, if you need a peaceful place, go explore Parco Pineta (www.parcopineta.org/page.aspx?pageID=15), a natural park where you will find local animals and flora. Notice that inside the park there’s also an astronomical observatory.
Start the second day with a bike: Lake Varese is surrounded by a 27 km long cycle route, provided with facilities, that will make you enjoy picturesque views and let you see the whole lakeshore in few hours. During the afternoon you should move to the most important Unesco’s site of the Province: the Sacred Mount of Varese (www.unescovarese.com/Sacri-monti-in-Piemonte-e-Lombardia). Hike or drive to the Sanctuary, and if you’re traveling with kids, we suggest to visit Museo Baroffio (www.museobaroffio.it/inglese_2015.htm), situated just few steps from the church, where they organize art labs for children.
In the evening take a walk around the city center: the Estensi gardens are breathtaking.
Move to the lake Maggiore area for your last day: start from Sesto Calende in the southern part of the lake and then drive up to the north. Along the way you’ll meet incredible little towns such as Angera, well known for its Rocca (www.isoleborromee.it/eng/home.html), Ranco and Ispra. A must seen along the way is the Eremo of Santa Caterina del Sasso (www.santacaterinadelsasso.com/en), an old convent perched precariously on a mountshore above the lake. If you still have some time keep on going north and you will find other jewels like Castelveccana, Caldè, Laveno and Luino.