Day Trip to Sacro Monte di Varese

Day Trip to Sacro Monte di Varese

Walking among faith and nature

In this itinerary, we describe the route to the famous Sacro Monte di Varese, a UNESCO Heritage Site since 2003. As the name suggests, this is a devotion route that winds through the Monte di Velate, through fourteen chapels, the sanctuary and the crypt, erected in the seventeenth century.

We reach the city of Varese and the Via Prima Cappella parking lot by car or public transportation. From here, our 2 km route starts, finally reaching the village of Santa Maria del Monte. “The chapels we will encounter are all true works of art, frescoed, painted and with sculptures. They tell the mysteries of the Rosary. Upon arriving in Santa Maria del Monte, we can then visit the sanctuary, the true apex and focus of the entire route, and the crypt below. The village itself is very picturesque, with narrow covered alleys, and from which you can enjoy a wide panorama, ranging from the Lombard Prealps, the Po Valley, the Apennines to all the forests of the Campo dei Fiori Regional Park, which extends to meet the city of Varese. However, the places to visit do not end here. In fact, inside the village it is also possible to find the astronomical observatory, a center for scientific dissemination, the Museo-Villa Lodovico Pogliaghi, the residence of the brilliant architect, and the Baroffio Museum, which collects masterpieces of Lombard art. The return can take place on the same route as the outward journey, or by public bus, or by the suggestive funicular, recently restored.

This excursion does not present any difficulties and is suitable for everyone, adults and children.

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