—  Comune  —
Città di Varese
Palazzo Estense

Coat of arms
Varese is located in Italy
Location of Varese in Italy
Coordinates: 45°49′N 08°50′E / 45.817°N 8.833°E / 45.817; 8.833Coordinates: 45°49′N 08°50′E / 45.817°N 8.833°E / 45.817; 8.833
Country Italy
Region Lombardy
Province Varese (VA)
Frazioni Avigno, Belforte, Biumo Inferiore, Biumo Superiore, Bizzozero, Bobbiate, Bosto, Bregazzana, Bustecche, Calcinate degli Orrigoni, Calcinate del Pesce, Campo dei Fiori, Capolago, Cartabbia, Casa Bassa, Casbeno, Cascina Gualtino, Cascina Mentasti, Caverzasio, Fogliaro, Gaggio, Giubiano, Lissago, Masnago, Mirasole, Mustonate, Oronco, Prima Cappella, Rasa di Varese, San Fermo, Sangallo, Santa Maria del Monte, Sant'Ambrogio, Schiranna, Ungheria, Velate
 – Mayor Attilio Fontana
 – Total 54 km2 (20.8 sq mi)
Elevation 382 m (1,253 ft)
Population (31 January 2009)
 – Total 81,922
 – Density 1,517.1/km2 (3,929.2/sq mi)
Demonym Varesini
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 – Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 21100
Dialing code 0332
Patron saint San Vittore
Saint day May 8
Website Official website

Varese (Italian: [vaˈreːze] ( listen), Latin Baretium, archaic German: Väris, Varès in Varesino) is a town and comune in north-western Lombardy, northern Italy, 55 km north of Milan.

It is the capital of the Province of Varese. The hinterland or urban part of the city is called Varesotto.



The town of Varese lies at the feet of Sacro Monte di Varese, which is part of the Campo dei Fiori mountain range. The town also looks over Lake Varese.


Varese, like the province, has a very high immigrant population owing to both its economy (many multi-national companies and the nearby EU institution JRC) and its location (proximity to Milan makes it an ideal place for the latter city's workers).


In 1859, Giuseppe Garibaldi confronted Austrian forces led by Field Marshal-Lieutenant Carl Baron Urban near Varese. Also, it was here were Alessandro Marchetti's Savoia-Marchetti SM.93 made his first test flights.


The town is served by both the state-run Ferrovie dello Stato (FS) and Ferrovie Nord Milano (TRENORD), both of which run high-frequency train services to Milan. In addition, there is a project under way to connect Varese with Malpensa Airport; this line would then continue past Varese to Mendrisio and Lugano in Switzerland. Construction of the Varese-Mendrisio section (17.7 kilometers (11.0 mi) long) is expected to begin in 2009.[1]

The town has both an extensive city bus network and provincial bus services. The A8 motorway connects Varese with Milan. This motorway was part of the first toll road system in the world. The Italian government gave permission in 2008 to start works on the long awaited Varese-Como-Bergamo motorway, which would also include a bypass of the town of Varese. Works are to start in 2010, and they might be finished by 2013.[2]

Main sights

The town is most famous for the Sacro Monte di Varese ('the sacred mountain of Varese'), a place of pilgrimage and worship. It is one of the Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy, included on the UNESCO World Heritage list.


The economy of Varese is mainly based on industry and, to a lesser extent, specialized agriculture; some famous Varese-based firms are:

and many more as it is one of the most industrialised areas in Northern Italy.

Varese is home to Malpensa International Airport, which serves the international traffic of Milan, Italy.


Varese is home to a European School, the European School, Varese, which was established in 1960 for the children of European Union staff, who work mainly at one of the three Joint Research Centres in nearby Ispra.

It is one of the two sites of the University of Insubria.

Notable people associated with Varese

Music festivals

  • Open Jazz Varese [1]
  • Ghost Day Festival [2]


Varese is known for the Pallacanestro Varese which played, in the 1970s, 10 European Champions Cup finals in a row and won 5 of them.

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Varese is twinned with:


External links

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Look at other dictionaries:

  • Varese — Vorlage:Infobox Gemeinde in Italien/Wartung/Wappen fehlt …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Varese — Varèse Pour les articles homonymes, voir Varèse (homonymie). Varèse Palazzo Estense, la mairie de Varèse …   Wikipédia en Français

  • VARÈSE (E.) — Varèse est, sans conteste, l’un des compositeurs les plus imposants du XXe siècle. Son impulsion créatrice, qu’il puisa aux sources mêmes de la musique – la Terre et le Cosmos –, il la communiqua à tous les musiciens du monde dont l’art est en… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Varèse — [və rāz′, vərez′; ] Fr [ vȧ rez′] Edgard [ed′gär; ] Fr [ ed gär′] (born Edgar Victor Achille Charles Varèse) 1883 1965; U.S. composer, born in France …   English World dictionary

  • Varese — Varese, 1) (Varesio), Stadt in der lombardischen Provinz Como, hat Basilica S. Vitore, die Paläste Bassi, Khevenhüller, Mozzoni, Perra, Seidenweberei, Seidenhandel, Musteranstalt für Seidenzucht des Grafen Dandolo; 10,400 Ew. Beliebter… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Varēse — Varēse, Kreishauptstadt in der ital. Provinz Como, 382 m ü. M., 2 km östlich vom See von V., Knotenpunkt der Eisenbahnen Mailand Gallarate V. Porto Ceresio, Saronno V. und Como Laveno und auch durch eine elektrische Dreischienenbahn (1901, die… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Varese — Varēse, Stadt in der ital. Prov. Como, am See von V. (Lago di V.), (1901) 17.715 E …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Varese — Varese, österr. lombard. Stadt zwischen dem Como und Langensee, unweit des Lago di V., in sehr schöner Gebirgsgegend, mit 10300 E., Seideindustrie; in der Nähe der Wallfahrtsort Maria del Monte …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Varèse — (Edgard) (1885 1965) compositeur français, naturalisé américain en 1926: Intégrales (1925), Ionisation (1931), l Homme et la Machine (1958). Ce novateur ne fut reconnu qu en 1954, grâce à Déserts …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Varèse — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Varèse (homonymie). Varèse Palazzo Estense, la mairie de Varèse …   Wikipédia en Français

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