• Religious Tourism
    • Art & Culture

Basilica di San Vittore

Entering the historical core, walking through the streets of the center you'll be enchanted by the vision of the Basilica

Where
Piazza Canonica, 21100 Varese
Contacts
+39 0332236019
Official site

The Basilica di San Vittore represents the religious heart of Varese, alongside the Torre Campanaria and the Battistero di San Giovanni.

The current structure is the result of work undertaken at three different points of history; the presbytery was the first part to be built, in the first half of the 16th century. There followed the hall with three naves, which replaced the existing church, which is thought to have been Romanesque. Built between 1589 and 1625, the hall culminates with a cupola made by Giuseppe Bernasconi. Finally, the neo-classical façade was added between 1788 and 1791, to a design by Leopoldo Pollack.

Inside, your gaze is immediately attracted by the presbytery, above which the polygonal apse stands. Designed in the Bramante style, the apse was later modified by work beginning in the second half of the 17th century.

The altar – a notable example of the Lombard Barocchetto style – was designed by Milanese architect Bartolomeo Bolla and built by the Buzzi sculptors from Viggiù between 1734 and 1742; Elia Vincenzo Buzzi carved the statues to a design by Pierantonio Magatti.

The current layout of the presbytery – in accordance with the findings of the Second Vatican Council – was finished in 1991 and saw the construction of the altar, the ambo, the seat and the processional cross in memory of Pope Paul VI. All were designed by Floriano Bodini.

San Vittore's central location is matched by that of the province of Varese as a whole, which is set in an area of incredible beauty.

Over the years, the splendid countryside has served as inspiration for several art trends, including Art Nouveau architecture. This style became popular in the area, inspired by the dynamic combinations formed by the light of the mountains, the lake and the plains.

Take me here: Basilica di San Vittore

Places

Varese: the old town | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Varese: the old town | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
95 mt

Palazzo Estense and Gardens and Villa Mirabello Civic Archaeological Museum | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Palazzo Estense and Gardens and Villa Mirabello Civic Archaeological Museum | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
280 mt

Palazzo estense

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Palazzo Estense
282 mt

Paesi di lago | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Paesi di lago | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
286 mt

Waterfalls | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Cascate Varese
286 mt

Villa Mirabello Museo Archeologico | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Villa Mirabello Museo Archeologico | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
344 mt

Villa Menafoglio Litta Panza

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Villa Menafoglio Litta Panza
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Villa Torelli Mylius | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

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839 mt

Masnago Castle and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

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Masnago Castle and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
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Villa Toeplitz and the Castiglioni Museum and Park

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Villa Toeplitz and the Castiglioni Museum and Park
2.86 km

Birrificio Angelo Poretti | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Birrificio Angelo Poretti | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
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Villa e Parco Toeplitz

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Villa e Parco Toeplitz
2.98 km

Sacri Monti in Piedmont and Lombardy

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Sacri Monti in Piedmont and Lombardy
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Sacro Monte Varese

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5.31 km

Museo Baroffio e del Santuario del Sacro Monte sopra Varese | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Golf Club Varese

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Golf Club Varese, Luvinate (VA)
5.42 km

Lago di Varese

Liberty villas, gardens on the lake, itineraries in the woods. And an islet with stilts from the Neolithic. Discover the Lake of Varese
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Lago di Varese
6.64 km

From Varese to Campo dei Fiori

Segregated bike lanes, fishing villages and historic parks. On the roads of a memorable edition of the Road World Cycling Championships
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Villa Cicogna Mozzoni

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Voltorre Cloister

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Events

Gran Fondo Tre Valli Varesine

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283 mt

Cycling: 2018 Gran Fondo World Championships

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30/08/2018 - 02/09/2018
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286 mt

UCI GRAN FONDO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018

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29/08/2018 - 02/09/2018
  • Cycle Tourism
UCI GRAN FONDO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018
286 mt

10 KM DEL LAGO DI VARESE (VARESE LAKE TOUR) – 3 WHEELS AROUND THE LAKE

Varese
30/09/2018 - 01/10/2018
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286 mt

The Gran Fondo Tre Valli Varesine On Road Competition

Varese
06/10/2018 - 07/10/2018
  • Cycle Tourism
The Gran Fondo Tre Valli Varesine On Road Competition
286 mt

Driving Art: Porsche GT gathering at Sacro Monte

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11/11/2018
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Aermacchi: Vintage motorbike gathering

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4.06 km

Gliding: Fly Donna Meeting

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GLIDING: OPEN DAY

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Golf: National Agis Championships

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13/09/2018 - 14/09/2018
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Cycle with the Champions 2018

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Cycling: The Carnago Grand Prix

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Mountain Bike: Enduro Cup Lombardia 2018

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Mountain Bike: Enduro Cup Lombardia 2018
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Rowing: National competition in Corgeno

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Fixed-seat rowing championship: Europe Cup

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Activities

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Where to sleep

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HOTEL DI VARESE

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MEDIOEVO

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IBIS STYLES VARESE

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B&B AL SEI ROOMS

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HOTEL EUROPA

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CITY HOTEL

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GRIFOVARESE

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