Varese, Province of Varese, Lombardy

Varese is a city in north-western Lombardy, 55 km north of Milan, with an economy mainly based on industry and, to a lesser extent, specialized agriculture; Varese is also home to Malpensa International Airport, which serves the international traffic of Milan, Italy.

Some famous Varese-based firms are Aermacchi (military trainer aircrafts), Agusta (helicopters), Cagiva (motorbikes), former Ignis (now part of Whirlpool electronics). Especially renowned is the high quality of Varese shoe factories.


  • Altitude: 382 m a.s.l
  • Population: about 81,000 inhabitants in 2011
  • Zip/postal code: 21100
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0332
  • Patron Saint: St. Vittore il Moro (=the Moor), celebrated on 8th May.
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Provinces of Lombardy

Administrative divisions

Varese is divided into six circoscrizioni, each including a number of the traditional quarters.
the Circoscrizioni of Varese
  • Circoscrizione 1: Varese Centro, Brunella, Biumo Inferiore;
  • Circoscrizione 2: Bobbiate, Bosto, Calcinate del Pesce, Cartabbia, Capolago, Casbeno, Lissago;
  • Circoscrizione 3: Bregazzana, Campo dei Fiori, Fogliaro, Rasa, Santa Maria del Monte, Sant'Ambrogio, Velate;
  • Circoscrizione 4: Avigno, Biumo Superiore, Calcinate degli Orrigoni, Ippodromo, Masnago, Montello;
  • Circoscrizione 5: Belforte, San Fermo, Valle Olona;
  • Circoscrizione 6: Bizzozero, Giubiano, San Carlo.

What to see

  • Villa Mirabello
  • Castello di Masnago