• Art & Culture

Collegiata Museum

On the highest hill, the church and the baptistery dating back to the fifteenth century dominate the ancient village of Castiglione Olona

Where
Via Cardinal Branda, 1, 21043 Castiglione Olona, Varese
Contacts
+39 0331 858903
Official site

The Tuscan island in Lombardy: this is the famous definition given by the XIX century writer Gabriele d'Annunzio to Castiglione Olona, town that still preserves the character of a Renaissance jewel.

Its origin dates back to the late Roman empire, but the village was reshaped between 1421 and 1441, following the model of the Renaissance "ideal town".

That was made possible by a powerful patron, cardinal Branda Castiglioni, who ranks among the most important personalities of his time: he was a humanist, an art lover, a skilled diplomat and a trusted advisor both to several Popes and to the Emperor Sigismund of Hungary.

The most important monument founded by Branda is the Collegiate church, built on the top of the upper hill of the village, on the site of the ancient castle, which remains of the entrance portal are still visible.

The church, together with the Baptistery, is part of the Collegiate Museum. Both have been decorated by Masolino da Panicale, one of the most important painters in Florence at the time of the transition from International Gothic to Renaissance.

Together with the Sienese Lorenzo di Pietro called "il Vecchietta" and with another Florentine, Paolo Schiavo, who worked with him in the Collegiate apse, Masolino left in Castiglione his masterpiece: the frescoes of the Baptistery, with their fascinating fusion of landscapes and architectures, religious history and Renaissance setting, make the chapel, painted in every centimetre, one of the best achievements of the early Italian Renaissance.

Take me here: Collegiata Museum

Places

Castiglione Olona A Piece of Tuscany in Lombardy

  • Villages
Tour to Castiglione Olona
465 mt

Monastero di torba

The splendid religious architecture stands on the slopes of the hill where the Archaeological Park of Castelseprio is located
  • Religious Tourism
Monastero di Torba
2.89 km

Museo della motocicletta Frera | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Cycle Tourism
Museo della motocicletta Frera | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
5.96 km

Villa Mirabello Museo Archeologico | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Art & Culture
Villa Mirabello Museo Archeologico | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
7.42 km

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
7.62 km

Varese: the old town | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Art & Culture
Varese: the old town | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
7.7 km

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

  • Art & Culture
Palazzo Estense and Gardens and Villa Mirabello Civic Archaeological Museum | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
7.7 km

Palazzo estense

  • Art & Culture
Palazzo Estense
7.73 km

La Pinetina Golf Club

Near the beautiful Lake Como La Pinetina is the ideal place to spend unforgettable hours of game, following the rhythm of the nature.
  • Golf
La Pinetina Golf Club, Appiano Gentile (CO)
7.82 km

Paesi di lago | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Lakes
Paesi di lago | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
7.89 km

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
8.23 km

Villa Torelli Mylius | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Parks
Villa Torelli Mylius | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
8.45 km

Masnago Castle and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

  • Art & Culture
Masnago Castle and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
9.54 km

Varese civic museum of modern and contemporary art

  • Art & Culture
Varese Civic Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
9.59 km

Villa Toeplitz and the Castiglioni Museum and Park

  • Art & Culture
Villa Toeplitz and the Castiglioni Museum and Park
10.48 km

Birrificio Angelo Poretti

  • Lifestyle
Birrificio Angelo Poretti
10.49 km

Villa e Parco Toeplitz

  • Art & Culture
Villa e Parco Toeplitz
10.6 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
11.42 km

Museo Gallaratese per gli Studi Patri

  • Art & Culture
Museo Gallaratese per gli Studi Patri
11.71 km

Golf Club Monticello

On the edge of Milan, around the corner of Lake Como there is one of the most important Golf Course in italy, the Golf Club Monticello.
  • Golf
Golf Club Monticello, Cassina Rizzardi, Como
11.78 km

Events

Cycling: The Carnago Grand Prix

Carnago (VA)
01/09/2018
  • Cycle Tourism
Cycling: The Carnago Grand Prix
4.14 km

Gran Fondo Tre Valli Varesine

Partenza da via Sacco, Varese
07/10/2018
  • Cycle Tourism
Gran Fondo Tre Valli Varesine
7.75 km

Ciclismo: Night Raw Contest

Varese
22/06/2018
  • Cycle Tourism
Ciclismo: Night Raw Contest
7.89 km

27th VARESE CAMPO DEI FIORI - THREE LAKE CUP

Varese
23/06/2018 - 24/06/2018
  • Cycle Tourism
27th VARESE CAMPO DEI FIORI - THREE LAKE CUP
7.89 km

Italy’s Vespa gathering in Varese

Varese
01/07/2018
  • Cycle Tourism
Italy’s Vespa gathering in Varese
7.89 km

Cycling: 2018 Gran Fondo World Championships

Varese
30/08/2018 - 02/09/2018
  • Cycle Tourism
Cycling: 2018 Gran Fondo World Championships
7.89 km

UCI GRAN FONDO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018

Varese
29/08/2018 - 02/09/2018
  • Cycle Tourism
UCI GRAN FONDO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018
7.89 km

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

Varese
30/09/2018 - 01/10/2018
  • Cycle Tourism
10 KM DEL LAGO DI VARESE (VARESE LAKE TOUR) – 3 WHEELS AROUND THE LAKE
7.89 km

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
7.89 km

Driving Art: Porsche GT gathering at Sacro Monte

Varese
11/11/2018
  • Cycle Tourism
Driving Art: Porsche GT gathering at Sacro Monte
7.89 km

THE FESTIVAL FOR YOUNG ROWERS

Schiranna (VA)
06/07/2018 - 08/07/2018
  • Lifestyle
THE FESTIVAL FOR YOUNG ROWERS
8.38 km

Aermacchi: Vintage motorbike gathering

Lido di Schiranna (VA)
02/09/2018
  • Lifestyle
Aermacchi: Vintage motorbike gathering
8.39 km

GLIDING: QUALIFYING GRAN PRIX

Aeroporto di Calcinate del Pesce
Lungolago di Calcinate 45, Varese
17/06/2018 - 23/06/2018
  • Active & Green
GLIDING: QUALIFYING GRAN PRIX
9.54 km

Gliding: Fly Donna Meeting

Aeroporto Adele e Giorgio Orsi
Calcinate del Pesce (VA)
15/09/2018 - 16/09/2018
  • Lifestyle
Gliding: Fly Donna Meeting
9.69 km

GLIDING: OPEN DAY

Lungolago di Calcinate 45, Varese
16/09/2018 - 17/09/2018
  • Active & Green
GLIDING: OPEN DAY
9.69 km

HCT Tour Stop Italy

Palazzetto Pala2A di Varese
Piazza Antonio Gramsci, Masnago, Varese
06/07/2018 - 08/07/2018
  • Lifestyle
HCT Tour Stop Italy
10.15 km

Motorday Gallarate

Gallarate (VA)
30/06/2018 - 01/07/2018
  • Cycle Tourism
Motorday Gallarate
11.68 km

Golf: National Baby Championships

Golf Club Varese
Viale Vittorio Veneto 57, Luvinate (VA)
20/06/2018 - 21/06/2018
  • Golf
Golf: National Baby Championships
12.24 km

Golf: National Agis Championships

Golf Club Varese
Viale Vittorio Veneto 57, Luvinate (VA)
13/09/2018 - 14/09/2018
  • Golf
Golf: National Agis Championships
12.24 km

“Fai da cursa” around Lake Comabbio

Lago di Comabbio
Spiaggia di Corgeno, Vergiate (VA)
27/06/2018
  • Active & Green
“Fai da cursa” around Lake Comabbio
13.73 km

Activities

Tickets for the “Barry X Ball. The end of history” exhibition at Villa and Panza Collection

  • Art & Culture
Tickets for the “Barry X Ball. The end of history” exhibition at Villa and Panza Collection
8.26 km

Where to sleep

B&B LA CORTE DELLE STALLE

Castiglione Olona
B&B LA CORTE DELLE STALLE
39 mt

B&B SAN NICOLA

Castiglione Olona
B&B SAN NICOLA
526 mt

B&B STELLA DEL BORGO

Castiglione Olona
B&B STELLA DEL BORGO
1.16 km

VILLA ALBA TOSCANA

VILLA ALBA TOSCANA
1.68 km

CASCINA MARTINA

CASCINA MARTINA
1.71 km

B&B LA MADONNETTA

B&B LA MADONNETTA
2.01 km

LA CASA ECOLOGICA

Lozza
LA CASA ECOLOGICA
2.08 km

SOL&VERDE

SOL&VERDE
2.14 km

AL PESCHERECCIO

Vedano Olona
AL PESCHERECCIO
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B&B CA' BIANCA

Venegono Superiore
B&B CA' BIANCA
2.83 km

B&B MORAZZONE

Morazzone
B&B MORAZZONE
2.89 km

B&B AIR GREEN47

Venegono Inferiore
B&B AIR GREEN47
3.14 km

B&B VILLA MONTEROSA

Castronno
B&B VILLA MONTEROSA
3.53 km

B&B DEL VILLAGGIO

Malnate
B&B DEL VILLAGGIO
3.73 km

A CASA DI ALICE

Gazzada Schianno
A CASA DI ALICE
3.82 km

AL VECCHIO CONVENTO

Varese
AL VECCHIO CONVENTO
3.98 km

LOCANDA DA SERAFINO

Gazzada Schianno
LOCANDA DA SERAFINO
4.12 km

B&B VILLA IDA

Carnago
B&B VILLA IDA
4.13 km

B&B IL GIRASOLE

Varese
B&B IL GIRASOLE
4.14 km

B&B VILLA EMILIA

Castronno
B&B VILLA EMILIA
4.17 km