The Borromean Islands
Immersed in the marvelous and suggestive waters of Lake Maggiore, the Borromean Islands are jaw-droppingly beautiful. Loved by Ernest Hemingway and, in more recent times, by the English Royals, this Archipelago is made up of the monumental Isola Bella, with its 17th-Century Palazzo Borromeo, surrounded by scenographic gardens, the picturesque Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen’s Island), Isola Madre, noted for its botanical garden, rich in rare plants, the little Island of San Giovanni that faces Pallanza, and the Rock of Marghera
Anyone who comes to Varese is welcomed by a sight that is truly without equal. In a harmonic and natural environment, the town lies under what seems to be an infinite sky, surrounded by a huge green expanse, the calm waters of the lake of glacial origin, and the Pre-Alps and Alps, with Monte Rosa capping them all.
If you want to have an overview of Switzerland and spend a nice time in a wonderful region, do not miss Swissminiatur, an exciting place and a must see attraction for everyone.
Lake Lugano (Ceresio)
One of the most beautiful subalpine lakes, with a subtle, mysterious fascination that has earned it a prestigious reputation as a tourist area. Only a small section of the lake is in the province of Varese. Most of it is in Swiss territory.
The lovely hills looking over the lake offer exceptional views, and the lakeside towns and villages represent ideal locations for tourists in search of a relaxing setting, in a green, peaceful environment. All sorts of cultural attractions can be enjoyed, and there are many routes on which to explore the area on foot or by BMX bike.
If you like shopping, do not miss FoxTown Factory Stores, the temple of luxury and elegance where 160 stores of the most prestigious brands for men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, sport articles, household goods and accessories are under the same roof. A successful combination of quality and low prices where manufacturers offer their surplus and garments from the previous season at prices discounted from 30% to 70% and where the dream of discreet and advantageous shopping becomes true. 1200 parking spaces, a Casino and 7 food corners help turn a shopping spree into an unforgettable day.
The Besano fossils.
The town of Besano has a civic museum whose exhibits include pieces from this remarkable historical and environmental heritage, amongst which fossil fish, marine and terrestrial reptiles, plants and invertebrates, from the Mesozoic age and more specifically from the Middle Triassic period. In that epoch, these areas were part of a vast ocean called Tethys. The drying and disappearance of the ocean coincided with the formation of the Alpine chain.
Mount San Giorgio
In Valceresio, a few miles northeast of Varese, UNESCO recognized as a UNESCO Natural World Heritage the paleontological district of Monte San Giorgio, especially rich of marine vertebrate fossils of the Middle Triassic, around 240 million years ago.
Schoko Land Museum
In the last 50 years a small chocolate factory has become a successful company that is now an established institution in Ticino. Some 100 employees make tablets, small bites, Neapolitans and other products from the finest Swiss chocolate for Chocolat Alprose – and as a member of Chocosuisse we are proud of our chocolate tradition.
We produce 6,000 tons of treats per year and export them to 35 countries around the world.