• 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.

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Places

Castiglione Olona and the Collegiate Church Compound | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Art & Culture
Castiglione Olona and the Collegiate Church Compound | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
1 mt

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

Frera Museum | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Cycle Tourism
Frera Museum | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
6 km

Varese: the old town | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Art & Culture
Varese: the old town | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
7.61 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

Estense Gardens, Villa Mirabello and Civic Archaeological Museum

  • Art & Culture
Estense Gardens, Villa Mirabello and Civic Archaeological Museum
7.7 km

Palazzo Estense

  • Art & Culture
Palazzo Estense
7.73 km

The Gardens of Palazzo Estense

  • Active & Green
The Gardens of Palazzo Estense
7.76 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

Ancient mills and rural structures | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Art & Culture
Ancient mills and rural structures | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
7.89 km

SHOPPING DISTRICT | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Lifestyle
SHOPPING DISTRICT | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
7.89 km

Lake Comabbio | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Lakes
Lake Comabbio | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
7.89 km

Lake Monate | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Lakes
Lake Monate | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
7.89 km

Waterfalls | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Active & Green
Cascate Varese
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 Panza and the Panza Art Collection | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Art & Culture
Villa Panza and the Panza Art Collection | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
8.29 km

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

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

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

Activities

Sport and fun with family in a farm

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

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"
8.29 km

Convenzioni con ristoranti tipici e museo VILLA PANZA

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

Where to sleep

B&B LA CORTE DELLE STALLE

Castiglione Olona
B&B LA CORTE DELLE STALLE
39 mt

CASCINA MARTINA

Gornate Olona
CASCINA MARTINA
1.62 km

VILLA ALBA TOSCANA

Gornate Olona
VILLA ALBA TOSCANA
1.68 km

SOL&VERDE

Gornate Olona
SOL&VERDE
2.14 km

AL PESCHERECCIO

Vedano Olona
AL PESCHERECCIO
2.43 km

B&B CA' BIANCA

Venegono Superiore
B&B CA' BIANCA
2.83 km

B&B VICOLO FABBRI

Morazzone
B&B VICOLO FABBRI
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

AL SALTO DEL GATTO

Gazzada Schianno
AL SALTO DEL GATTO
3.54 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

CASA PER VACANZE CASTRONNO

Castronno
CASA PER VACANZE CASTRONNO
4.06 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

HOTEL VERBANO 2000

Brunello
HOTEL VERBANO 2000
4.3 km

VILLA CAGNOLA

Gazzada Schianno
VILLA CAGNOLA
4.3 km

CA' ROSA B&B

Malnate
CA' ROSA B&B
4.35 km