• Unesco Sites
    • Art & Culture

Prehistoric Alpine Stilt Houses

Where
Isolino Virginia (VA), Biandronno (VA)
Contacts
328 8377206
Official site

The prehistoric Alpine stilt houses are part of 111 human dwellings scattered all over the heart of Europe, included in the Unesco World Heritage Sites list.

The Alpine Range harbors a series of unique, well preserved prehistoric pile-settlements, a priceless source of information on the first permanent settlings in the area.

Nineteen are located in 5 different regions Italy, 10 of them are in Lombardy alone. These houses feature one thing in common: the use of stilt poles under the aforementioned accommodations. These wooden and thatch huts were erected on a platform supported by beams stuck into the bottom of a river, a lagoon or even dry land.

They allow us to better understand daily life of agricultural communities during prehistoric, neolithic and bronze ages. Moreover, due to the findings of utensils, it is possible to identify which tools could be used at the time.

The region boasts the oldest structure ever known until now. It can be seen in Lake Varese, at the Island of Virginia, near a museum showcasing the archaeological excavation spots of a V millennium B.c. village.

Unesco Sites in Lombardy are an ideal destination for planning a memorable cultural vacation.

Take me here: Prehistoric Alpine Stilt Houses

Places

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
1.9 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)
4.4 km

Lake Monate

  • Lakes
Lake Monate
4.61 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)
4.7 km

Lake Varese: the cycling route and footpath

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

Lake Comabbio | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Lakes
Lake Comabbio | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
6 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
6.66 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
6.8 km

Castiglioni Museum

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

Casa Museo Lodovico Pogliaghi | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Art & Culture
Casa museo Pogliaghi
7.84 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
7.86 km

Sacro Monte Varese

  • Religious Tourism
Sacro Monte Varese
7.89 km

Sacri Monti in Piedmont and Lombardy

  • Unesco Sites
Sacri Monti in Piedmont and Lombardy
7.9 km

Villa e Parco Toeplitz

  • Art & Culture
Villa e Parco Toeplitz
7.95 km

Estense Gardens, Villa Mirabello and Civic Archaeological Museum

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

Villa Torelli Mylius

  • Parks
Villa Torelli Mylius
8.16 km

The Gardens of Palazzo Estense

  • Active & Green
The Gardens of Palazzo Estense
8.19 km

Ispra

  • Lakes
Ispra
8.2 km

Palazzo Estense

  • Art & Culture
Palazzo Estense
8.23 km

Ancient mills and rural structures

  • Art & Culture
Ancient mills and rural structures
8.35 km

Events

Cycling: Night-time cycling on Lake Varese

Lido di Gavirate, Varese
25/07/2021 - 26/07/2021
  • Cycle Tourism
Cycling: Night-time cycling on Lake Varese
3.76 km

Italian Open Water Tour: Monate

Lago di Monate
Via Binda, 2, Monate (VA)
20/06/2021
  • Active & Green
Italian Open Water Tour: Monate
3.82 km

GLIDING: OPEN DAY

Aeroporto Adele e Giorgio Orsi
Lungolago di Calcinate, 45, Varese
18/09/2021 - 20/09/2021
  • Active & Green
GLIDING: OPEN DAY
4.12 km

THE FESTIVAL FOR YOUNG ROWERS

Lago di Varese
02/07/2021 - 04/07/2021
  • Lakes
THE FESTIVAL FOR YOUNG ROWERS
5.1 km

The Gran Fondo Tre Valli Varesine On Road Competition

Varese
02/10/2021 - 03/10/2021
  • Cycle Tourism
The Gran Fondo Tre Valli Varesine On Road Competition
7.85 km

Cycle with the Champions

Brinzio (VA)
08/12/2021
  • Cycle Tourism
Cycle with the Champions
10.26 km

Cycling: The Carnago Grand Prix

Carnago (VA)
28/08/2021
  • Cycle Tourism
Cycling: The Carnago Grand Prix
13.82 km

Activities

Bike Tour around the Lakes of Comabbio and Varese

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

Italian cooking class

  • Food & Wine
Italian cooking class
10.33 km

Where to sleep

ALLA VOLIERA REALE

Ternate
ALLA VOLIERA REALE
2.53 km

EQUIRELAIS S.R.L.

Bodio Lomnago
EQUIRELAIS S.R.L.
2.74 km

ALLOGGIO BUTTERFLY

Bardello
ALLOGGIO BUTTERFLY
2.83 km

SUNSET HOTEL

Gavirate
SUNSET HOTEL
3.04 km

B&B LA CASA ROSSA

Gavirate
B&B LA CASA ROSSA
3.05 km

ANTONIETTA'S B&B

Gavirate
ANTONIETTA'S B&B
3.17 km

LE TRE ARTI

Gavirate
LE TRE ARTI
3.33 km

RESIDENCE LE ARCATE

Gavirate
RESIDENCE LE ARCATE
3.39 km

B&B PICCOLO LAGO

Travedona-Monate
B&B PICCOLO LAGO
3.4 km

B E B IL SASSO BIANCO

Comerio
B E B IL SASSO BIANCO
3.45 km

B&B VILLA ERMELINDA

Comerio
B&B VILLA ERMELINDA
3.46 km

CA' DEL RE' SCARTOZZ - SARISCI

Gavirate
CA' DEL RE' SCARTOZZ - SARISCI
3.55 km

HOTEL BEL SIT SRL

Comerio
HOTEL BEL SIT SRL
3.55 km

FORESTERIA MARCONI 11

Bardello
FORESTERIA MARCONI 11
3.63 km

L'ULIVO PETITE MAISON

Gavirate
L'ULIVO PETITE MAISON
3.68 km

RESIDENCE MONTELAGO

Ternate
RESIDENCE MONTELAGO
3.9 km

FATTORIA PASQUÈ

Casale Litta
FATTORIA PASQUÈ
4.04 km

FATTORIA GAGGIO

Galliate Lombardo
FATTORIA GAGGIO
4.11 km

AZIENDA AGRICOLA LA VIGNA

Malgesso
AZIENDA AGRICOLA LA VIGNA
4.14 km

HOTEL VILLA BORGHI

Varano Borghi
HOTEL VILLA BORGHI
4.45 km