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The magic of Varesotto's castles

A tour of Varesotto's castles: an itinerary to discover a regional area where time seems to stand still.

A frontier territory and a necessary passageway by land and sea, Varesotto was fought over by numerous local lords who held power here between the 11th and 16th centuries.

The region had to fortify itself with defensive structures that initially prevented transalpine invasions and then acted as a protective belt around the Duchy of Milan.    

Now that the need for protection has disappeared, today the fortresses, signal towers, and castles of Varesotto stand proudly between lakes, mountains, and plains, eager to reveal the richness of their glorious and industrious past to visitors.

The region represents a heritage of cultural importance that has not always received the attention it deserves in terms of tourism, but which undeniably represents regional excellence that must be preserved and protected.

Rich in medieval walls, stunning frescoes, and enchanting gardens, here is a selection of castles in Varesotto that are truly worth the visit.

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