3 – AN EXCURSION ALONG THE ROAD OF FAITH FROM VARESE, THE GARDEN CITY

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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 collected there from the ‘50s onwards. Over one hundred works by contemporary artists, in addition to rich furnishings dating from the 16th to the 20th 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 works for Sacro Monte di Varese started in 1604 thanks to large donations. All building work was completed in 1698 and the complex has remained unchanged since. The architectural style of the chapels, the triumphal arches and the fountains, the statues and the frescoes decorating the chapels, are excellent examples of 17th century religious art in the Milan area.

 

 

A magnificent panorama unfolds all around: the Varese lakes, Comabbio, Maggiore and the outstanding beauty of the mountains and majestic Monte Rosa. The geological and geographic characteristics of the area account for a wide variety of plants and trees, fantastic chestnut and beech woods, where bike riding is a wonderful experience.

THE TOUR: RECOMMENDED FOR FIT PEOPLE
DURATION: 1 DAY
LENGTH: 35 km, OF WHICH,  2 ON FOOT
GRADIENT: 600 m

 

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