• Art & Culture

Palazzo Estense

Where
Palazzo Estense di Varese
Via Luigi Sacco, 5, Varese
Contacts
+39 0332 255477
Official site
Infopoint
Infopoint Varese
Piazza Monte Grappa, 5, Varese
+39 0332281913

Palazzo Estense was built in the second half of the 18th century to become the home of Francesco III d'Este, the Duke of Modena and the Governor of Lombardy. Francesco III had in fact been a guest of the Menafoglio family in Varese in 1755 and was so impressed by the city that he wanted to obtain it as a feud, which, in fact, he did.

The palace was created by restoring the Villa of Tommaso Orrigoni, demolishing part of the existing houses and significantly changing the spaces to best accommodate the court, the authorities and make them suitable for the large parties held at the palace. The project was entrusted to the architect Giuseppe Antonio Bianchi, who also supervised the construction of the splendid 18th-century garden, one of the most beautiful in the whole of Lombardy.

While the inner rooms of Palazzo Estense are all richly decorated with stucco work worthy of being called art, the beautiful Salone d'onore is most deserving of admiration. The garden, which is connected to the grounds of Villa Mirabello, is animated by lanes, flower beds and a large circular pool that is illuminated every summer during the "Sound and lights" show – a sight to be seen.

Today, Palazzo Estense houses the city administration and the public library and various rooms are used to host conferences and concerts.


Opening hours

Summer: 8:00 - 20:00

Winter: 8:00 - 18:00

Take me here: Palazzo Estense

Places

The Gardens of Palazzo Estense

  • Active & Green
The Gardens of Palazzo Estense
46 mt

Varese: the old town

  • Lifestyle
Varese: the old town
211 mt

Ancient mills and rural structures

  • Art & Culture
Ancient mills and rural structures
250 mt

SHOPPING DISTRICT

  • Lifestyle
SHOPPING DISTRICT
250 mt

Waterfalls | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Active & Green
Cascate Varese
250 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
282 mt

Estense Gardens, Villa Mirabello and Civic Archaeological Museum

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

Villa Torelli Mylius

  • Parks
Villa Torelli Mylius
740 mt

Villa Menafoglio Litta Panza

Villa Menafolio Litta Panza (VA) is a Mecca for art lovers and tourist who come to visit the contemporary art exhibitions it hosts.
  • Art & Culture
Villa Menafoglio Litta Panza
789 mt

Panza Art Collection

  • Art & Culture
Panza Art Collection
866 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
2.03 km

Castiglioni Museum

Un affascinante viaggio tra archeologia e etnologia, tra deserto e savana, tra mito e realtà
  • Art & Culture
Castiglioni Museum
2.8 km

Birrificio Angelo Poretti

  • Lifestyle
Birrificio Angelo Poretti
2.91 km

Villa e Parco Toeplitz

  • Art & Culture
Villa e Parco Toeplitz
3.08 km

Lake Varese: the cycling route and footpath

  • Lakes
Lake Varese: the cycling route and footpath
3.62 km

Casa Museo Lodovico Pogliaghi | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Art & Culture
Casa museo Pogliaghi
5.06 km

Sacri Monti in Piedmont and Lombardy

  • Unesco Sites
Sacri Monti in Piedmont and Lombardy
5.15 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)
5.17 km

Sacro Monte Varese

  • Religious Tourism
Sacro Monte Varese
5.18 km

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

  • Art & Culture
Museo Baroffio e del Santuario del Sacro Monte sopra Varese | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
5.21 km

Activities

Tiramisù experience online with Fabio Peyla

  • Food & Wine
Tiramisù experience online with Fabio Peyla
11.74 km

Bike Tour around the Lakes of Comabbio and Varese

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

Where to sleep

APARTMENT SILVA

Varese
APARTMENT SILVA
124 mt

B&B AL SEI ROOMS

Varese
B&B AL SEI ROOMS
192 mt

B&B VARESE CENTRO

Varese
B&B VARESE CENTRO
246 mt

ALBERGO RISTORANTE BOLOGNA SRL

Varese
ALBERGO RISTORANTE BOLOGNA SRL
253 mt

KIBILU' - ANTICA CORTE DONIZETTI

Varese
KIBILU' - ANTICA CORTE DONIZETTI
365 mt

GRIFOVARESE

Varese
GRIFOVARESE
377 mt

VARESE LOVELY STAY

Varese
VARESE LOVELY STAY
406 mt

CRYSTAL HOTEL VARESE

Varese
CRYSTAL HOTEL VARESE
447 mt

INVILLA BNB

Varese
INVILLA BNB
469 mt

HOTEL DI VARESE

Varese
HOTEL DI VARESE
475 mt

LA MARTINO B&B

Varese
LA MARTINO B&B
484 mt

MEDIOEVO

Varese
MEDIOEVO
519 mt

THE TRAVELLERS' LOFT

Varese
THE TRAVELLERS' LOFT
589 mt

CITY HOTEL

Varese
CITY HOTEL
641 mt

ART HOTEL VARESE

Varese
ART HOTEL VARESE
687 mt

FEELING AT HOME - VARESE APARTMENT

Varese
FEELING AT HOME - VARESE APARTMENT
769 mt

LA VECCHIA VARESE

Varese
LA VECCHIA VARESE
801 mt

ALBERGO MIRA DI JIANG JIANI

Varese
ALBERGO MIRA DI JIANG JIANI
897 mt

KIBILU' VIA MAGENTA

Varese
KIBILU' VIA MAGENTA
940 mt

IL RIFUGIO DEGLI ARTISTI

Varese
IL RIFUGIO DEGLI ARTISTI
960 mt