2 – VARESE AND ITS JEWELS: HISTORY, ART, NATURE

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The Monastery of Torba – initiallyerected by the Romans in the late 5th century AD as one of many military outposts that were built to ward off the barbarian invasions, the Torba complex subsequently became a civilian building during the long and peaceful Longobard reign. It acquired a religious function in the 8th century AD, when a group of Benedictine nuns had a monastery built there, and a church in the 11th century.
Castiglione Olona, the Tuscan island in Lombardy, is a magnificent work of art, a veritable surprise to visitors, both past and present. Its noble past makes it a banner of culture set in the greenery of Olona valley. Its elegant buildings evoke the courtly atmosphere of the past through soft Tuscan shades and the soft features of Masolino da Panicale’s faces. The genius of great artists mixes into one single and unique work of art of great value. Special points of interest are the Branda Castiglioni Museum, the Church in Villa and The Collegiate.

Villa Menafoglio Litta Panza di Biumo. Marquis Paolo Antonio Menafoglio ordered the construction of the villa during the mid-18th century. Surrounded by a magnificent Italian Renaissance garden, the villa is famous worldwide for its collection of contemporary works of art, which Giuseppe Panza di Biumo gathered there from the ‘50s onwards. Over one hundred works by contemporary artists, in addition to rich furnishings dating from the 16th to the 19th century, and an important collection of Art and Pre-Columbian pieces, are on show in the large halls and in the stables. It is currently owned by Fai.

THE TOUR: SUITABLE FOR ALL 
DURATION: 1 DAY
LENGTH: 25 km

 

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Gallery by Lorenzo Bassi