Sacro Monte Unesco di Varese, Varese

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Perched high above the clouds in the Italian alps, the 17th-century Sacro Monte Unesco di Varese is a sacred mountain. Its 14 hillside chapels each are dedicated to a mystery of the rosary. They lead up to the shrine of Santa Maria del Monte at the top. The chapels are filled with17th-century frescoes, paintings, and sculpture. For centuries, pilgrims have hiked among the beech and chestnut trees of Monte Velate to visit the chapels. Today, you can either walk or catch the bus and tram up the mountain. For Sacro Monte Unesco di Varese and beyond, use our Varese tour itinerary planner to get the most from your Varese vacation.
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  • Fab walk and view.Also at the lodo da vereasa there is a nice out dood swimming pool. Also you can rent bicks here 
    Fab walk and view.Also at the lodo da vereasa there is a nice out dood swimming pool. Also you can rent bicks here  more »
  • We stayed two nights at the Hotel Colonne (by the funicular - which was being repaired when we visited in June 2022) and were able to spend a morning climbing the steps to visit the Sacro Monte... 
    We stayed two nights at the Hotel Colonne (by the funicular - which was being repaired when we visited in June 2022) and were able to spend a morning climbing the steps to visit the Sacro Monte...  more »
  • UNESCO site - incredible village with an outstanding view, please for the eyes of the religious and not so religious. 
    UNESCO site - incredible village with an outstanding view, please for the eyes of the religious and not so religious.  more »
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  • Sacro Monte or Sacred Mountain as we Brits would say is a mile long walk up a steep mountain set with 13 chapels at even intervals. Each Chapel has a biblical scene of the events surrounding the birth, death & rising of Jesus. At the top of the mountain are a choice of restaurants with great food with amazing views. The Italian locals love this walk - good for tourists too.
  • Beautiful walk up the hill, it is a bit challenging unless you are dressed comfortably but the view, story and sights are gorgeous! I love Varese
  • Great place to spend afternoon with kids.. Explore the chapels, nature and great photos.
  • Perfect route for walking. Attention! Its a climbing route..
  • Beautiful place, nice walk, great view. It's a pity that we didn't really find a coffee or restaurant nearby the parking point (First Chapel). I was happy that the church was open. The statues inside the chapels are not easy to watch and there are no English texts.

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