• 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

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Castiglione Olona and the Collegiate Church Compound | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
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Castiglione Olona A Piece of Tuscany in Lombardy

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Tour to Castiglione Olona
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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
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Castelseprio Archaeological Park - Church of Santa Maria Foris Portas - Santa Maria Assunta

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Castelseprio Archaeological Park - Church of Santa Maria Foris Portas - Santa Maria Assunta
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Frera Motorcycle Museum

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Frera Motorcycle Museum
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Estense Gardens, Villa Mirabello and Civic Archaeological Museum

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Estense Gardens, Villa Mirabello and Civic Archaeological Museum
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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
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Basilica di San Vittore, Churches of Varese
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Varese: the old town
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Palazzo Estense

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Palazzo Estense
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The Gardens of Palazzo Estense

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The Gardens of Palazzo Estense
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La Pinetina Golf Club

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La Pinetina Golf Club, Appiano Gentile (CO)
7.82 km

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Ancient mills and rural structures
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SHOPPING DISTRICT

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SHOPPING DISTRICT
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Waterfalls | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Cascate Varese
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Villa Menafoglio Litta Panza
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Panza Art Collection

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Panza Art Collection
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Lake Varese: the cycling route and footpath
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Villa Torelli Mylius
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Masnago Castle and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
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Birrificio Angelo Poretti
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Where to sleep

B&B LA CORTE DELLE STALLE

Castiglione Olona
B&B LA CORTE DELLE STALLE
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B&B SAN NICOLA

Castiglione Olona
B&B SAN NICOLA
609 mt

B&B STELLA DEL BORGO

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CASCINA MARTINA

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VILLA ALBA TOSCANA

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SOL&VERDE

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AL PESCHERECCIO

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AL SALTO DEL GATTO

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A CASA DI ALICE

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AL VECCHIO CONVENTO

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CASA PER VACANZE CASTRONNO

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4.06 km

LOCANDA DA SERAFINO

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LOCANDA DA SERAFINO
4.13 km

B&B VILLA IDA

Carnago
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B&B IL GIRASOLE

Varese
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B&B VILLA EMILIA

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