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Leggiuno

Where
Leggiuno (VA)

We continue to Leggiuno, a small town in the Province of Varese overlooking the Lombardy shore of Lake Maggiore nestled between the municipalities of Laveno Mombello, Monvalle, Besozzo and Sanzano and bathed by lake waters opposite the famous Borromean Islands.

 

Situated in a hilly area (its name deriving from the Celtic leze dunum, meaning “at the foot of a hill”), the village is a popular summer destination for tourists looking for refreshment.
Birthplace of legendary footballer Gigi Riva, it owes its fame to the Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso, a 12th century monastery that overlooks the waters of lake, which can be reached both on foot and using the Navigazione Laghi ferries.

Built in the Middle Ages as a hermitage, it was founded by Alberto Besozzi, a wealthy local merchant who, having survived a shipwreck, decided to retire as a hermit on this stretch of coast. He is credited with saving some of the inhabitants of Arolo from the plague and having a chapel dedicated to Saint Catherine of Egypt built in the town.

Refitted as a monastery between 1230 and 1250 by a group of Dominican friars, it was then inhabited by the Carmelites until 1770, when it was closed and left to fall into ruin. 
Restoration work on the Hermitage only began in 1970 when, having become the property of the Province of Varese, its artistic and architectural works were recovered, a commitment that in 1992 brought to light some splendid 14th century frescoes.  Still an ascetic and spiritual place, since spring 2019 the monastery has been operated by the Franciscan Fraternity of Bethany.  
In addition to the Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso, Leggiuno’s church of Saint Primo and Saint Feliciano and the delightful historic church of San Primo are also worth a visit.  
 

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Places

The hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso

  • Religious Tourism
The hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso
1.04 km

Church of the invention of santo stefano

  • Religious Tourism
Church of the Invention of Santo Stefano
1.85 km

Necropoli di Caravate

Complesso di quattordici sepolture a inumazione fra l’VIII e il IX secolo
  • Art & Culture
Necropoli di Caravate
2.59 km

International museum of ceramic design

  • Art & Culture
International Museum of Ceramic Design
3.18 km

Laveno Mombello

  • Lakes
Laveno Mombello
4.3 km

Laveno Mombello | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Lakes
Laveno Mombello | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
4.3 km

Lake Maggiore villages

La sponda lombarda del lago: relax e borghi
  • Lakes
Lake Maggiore villages
4.3 km

Laveno

  • Lakes
Lago Maggiore-Laveno-panoramica da San Clemente
4.3 km

Ispra

  • Lakes
Ispra
6.79 km

Golf dei Laghi

The undulating of the Golf dei Laghi, hilly course offers breathtaking views of Monte Rosa and Lake Maggiore, making the game enjoyable.
  • Golf
Golf dei Laghi, Travedona Monate (VA)
7.51 km

The Borromean Islands: Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Madre

  • Lakes
The Borromean Islands: Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Madre
7.62 km

Villa della Porta Bozzolo

Villa Bozzolo, with its Rococo trompe-l’oeil and walls and Baroque decor, is one of Lombardy’s best-known “pleasure villas”.
  • Art & Culture
Villa Della Porta Bozzolo, Monumenti Varese
7.92 km

Lake Monate

  • Lakes
Lake Monate
9.22 km

Prehistoric Alpine Stilt Houses

  • Unesco Sites
Palafitte Arco Alpino
10.23 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
  • Cycle Tourism
The Basilica of San Vittore in Varese
11.04 km

Angera

  • Art & Culture
Angera
11.65 km

Borromeo Castle, the Museum of Children’s Clothing and the Doll and Toy Museum

  • Art & Culture
Borromeo Castle, the Museum of Children’s Clothing and the Doll and Toy Museum
11.65 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
  • Lakes
Lago di Varese
11.75 km

Golf Club Varese

Golf Club Varese offers incomparably beautiful views that embrace Monte Rosa, the Maggiore, Varese and Monate lakes.
  • Golf
Golf Club Varese, Luvinate (VA)
11.77 km

Civico Museo Archeologico in Angera

  • Art & Culture
Civico Museo Archeologico in Angera
11.78 km

Events

ROWING: INTERNATIONAL PARA-ROWING REGATTA

Lido di Gavirate, Varese
09/06/2023 - 11/06/2023
  • Active & Green
ROWING: INTERNATIONAL PARA-ROWING REGATTA
7.77 km

Italian Open Water Tour: Monate

Via Binda, 2, Monate (VA)
25/06/2023
  • Active & Green
Italian Open Water Tour: Monate
8.26 km

Activities

Bike Tour around the Lakes of Comabbio and Varese

  • Cycle Tourism
Bike Tour around the Lakes of Comabbio and Varese
14.37 km

Italian cooking class

  • Food & Wine
Italian cooking class
14.99 km

Where to sleep

B&B IL GHIRO

Leggiuno
B&B IL GHIRO
870 mt

CASA VACANZA LEGGIUNO

Leggiuno
CASA VACANZA LEGGIUNO
881 mt

APARTMENT COSI' COME A CASA

Leggiuno
APARTMENT COSI' COME A CASA
1.03 km

LOCANDA DELL'EREMO

Leggiuno
LOCANDA DELL'EREMO
1.07 km

LA CRUNA DEL LAGO - LR78

Leggiuno
LA CRUNA DEL LAGO - LR78
1.21 km

FAMIGLIA AL LAGO

Leggiuno
FAMIGLIA AL LAGO
1.48 km

B&B LA ROSA DEL LAGO

Leggiuno
B&B LA ROSA DEL LAGO
1.48 km

CA' NOVA

Laveno-Mombello
CA' NOVA
1.49 km

LUIGI - CASA VACANZE

Laveno-Mombello
LUIGI - CASA VACANZE
1.56 km

LOCANDA SANTA CATERINA

Leggiuno
LOCANDA SANTA CATERINA
1.57 km

RESIDENZA LA TORRE

Leggiuno
RESIDENZA LA TORRE
1.57 km

HOTEL IL BUCANIERE

Leggiuno
HOTEL IL BUCANIERE
1.64 km

B&B LA PORTA ROSSA

Laveno-Mombello
B&B LA PORTA ROSSA
1.66 km

APPARTAMENTO IN CIMA AL BOSCO 2

Leggiuno
APPARTAMENTO IN CIMA AL BOSCO 2
1.75 km

APPARTAMENTO IN CIMA AL BOSCO

Leggiuno
APPARTAMENTO IN CIMA AL BOSCO
1.75 km

B&B LA CIVETTA 2

Leggiuno
B&B LA CIVETTA 2
1.78 km

RESIDENZA LUMY

Laveno-Mombello
RESIDENZA LUMY
1.78 km

VILLA MARIA LAGO MAGGIORE

Leggiuno
VILLA MARIA LAGO MAGGIORE
1.78 km

ALBERGO RIVA

Leggiuno
ALBERGO RIVA
1.79 km

APPARTAMENTO AL MORO

Leggiuno
APPARTAMENTO AL MORO
1.83 km