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The Gardens of Palazzo Estense

Where
Via Luigi Sacco 5, Varese
Contacts
+39 0332 255111
Official site

Palazzo Estense and its gardens are the result of Francesco III D’Este’s passion for the town of Varese.

Legend has it that the Duke of Modena and Governor of the Duchy of Milan was so enchanted with Varese that he begged the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria to entrust it to his rule. His request was granted, Varese was to be his fiefdom although it was not be passed down to his heirs, but would revert to the imperial crown.

And this is where the villa’s history begins: the Duke bought it in 1765 and entrusted architect Giuseppe Bianchi with the renovations necessary to turn it into his summer residence.

The gardens behind the villa were transformed into French formal gardens and Italian gardens inspired by the grounds of the royal residence of Schönbrunn.

One of the park’s main attractions is the parterre, lined with flowerbeds and low growing plants, where the main fountain is located. Together with the grounds of Villa Mirabello, the Palazzo Estense gardens are now open to the public, with hundreds of visitors admiring their beauty daily.


Opening hours

Open: all year
Opening times: variable
Admission: free

Take me here: The Gardens of Palazzo Estense

Places

Palazzo Estense

  • Art & Culture
Palazzo Estense
46 mt

Estense Gardens, Villa Mirabello and Civic Archaeological Museum

  • Art & Culture
Estense Gardens, Villa Mirabello and Civic Archaeological Museum
59 mt

Varese: the old town | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Art & Culture
Varese: the old town | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
252 mt

Ancient mills and rural structures | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Art & Culture
Ancient mills and rural structures | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
260 mt

SHOPPING DISTRICT | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Lifestyle
SHOPPING DISTRICT | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
260 mt

Waterfalls | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Active & Green
Cascate Varese
260 mt

Lake Comabbio | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Lakes
Lake Comabbio | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
260 mt

Lake Monate | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Lakes
Lake Monate | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
260 mt

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
  • Religious Tourism
Basilica di San Vittore, Churches of Varese
326 mt

Villa Torelli Mylius | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Parks
Villa Torelli Mylius | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
718 mt

Villa Menafoglio Litta Panza

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Villa Menafoglio Litta Panza
799 mt

Villa Panza and the Panza Art Collection | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Art & Culture
Villa Panza and the Panza Art Collection | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
875 mt

Masnago Castle and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Art & Culture
Masnago Castle and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
1.98 km

Villa Toeplitz and the Castiglioni Museum and Park | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Villa Toeplitz and the Castiglioni Museum and Park | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
2.77 km

Birrificio Angelo Poretti | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Lifestyle
Birrificio Angelo Poretti | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
2.89 km

Villa e Parco Toeplitz

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Villa e Parco Toeplitz
3.05 km

Lake Varese: the cycling route and footpath | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Lake Varese: the cycling route and footpath | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
3.59 km

Casa Museo Lodovico Pogliaghi | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Casa museo Pogliaghi
5.02 km

Sacri Monti in Piedmont and Lombardy

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Sacri Monti in Piedmont and Lombardy
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Golf Club Varese

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Golf Club Varese, Luvinate (VA)
5.13 km

Events

Events at Torba abbey

Villa Panza, Monastero di Torba e Villa della Porta Bozzolo
Piazza Litta, 1, Varese
13/06/2019 - 29/09/2019
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Events at Torba abbey
875 mt

4 Gran Fondo Tre Valli Varesine - UCI GRAN FONDO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Piazza Martiri della Libertà, Varese
05/10/2019 - 06/10/2019
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4 Gran Fondo Tre Valli Varesine - UCI GRAN FONDO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
1.37 km

Activities

Tickets for the "Long Light. Sean Scully at the Villa and Panza Collection"

  • Art & Culture
Tickets for the "Long Light. Sean Scully at the Villa and Panza Collection"
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Convenzioni con ristoranti tipici e museo VILLA PANZA

  • Food & Wine
Convenzioni con ristoranti tipici e museo VILLA PANZA
3.15 km

Sport and fun with family in a farm

  • Active & Green
Sport and fun with family in a farm
8.59 km

Where to sleep

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138 mt

B&B AL SEI ROOMS

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B&B AL SEI ROOMS
200 mt

ALBERGO RISTORANTE BOLOGNA SRL

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B&B VARESE CENTRO

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B&B VARESE CENTRO
292 mt

REPUBBLICA DI OZ ROOMS AND APARTMENTS

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327 mt

GUEST HOUSE VARESE FORESTERIA SANTA CHIARA DI PELLIN ANTONIO

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GRIFOVARESE

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GRIFOVARESE
333 mt

STAURENGHI34APARTMENT

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STAURENGHI34APARTMENT
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HOTEL EUROPA

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HOTEL EUROPA
366 mt

KIBILU' - ANTICA CORTE DONIZETTI

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403 mt

INVILLA BNB

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LA MARTINO B&B

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VARESE LOVELY STAY
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CENTRALISSIMO APPARTAMENTO

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487 mt

HOTEL DI VARESE

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MEDIOEVO

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565 mt

SYLGABRY

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MAGENTA APARTMENT

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ART HOTEL VARESE

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CITY HOTEL

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CITY HOTEL
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