Hidden Italy: Villa Panza and Varese the garden-city

If you are fond of gardens and contemporary art, you cannot miss to visit Villa Panza, one of the best examples of house-museum, where you can appreciate both the huge villa with its collection and its beautiful garden. Then on to Varese, the garden-city, an unknown destination close to Como, Lugano and Milan. This destination will struck you for the beauty of its historical centre and its public gardens.
At the end of your tour, you will enjoy a typical local aperitif!

You will meet your local, private and licensed tour guide at Villa Panza, Varese. Dated back to XVIII century, built for Marquis Paolo Antonio Menafoglio and enlarged in the neoclassic period, the big noble mansion house is U-shaped. In the 30ies of last century, it was bought by Panza; the villa is well-known for the contemporary art collection Count Giuseppe Panza gathered there.
In so doing, he, boldly, placed Renaissance furniture and XIX-Century armchairs near some African and Pre-columbian works of art, stuccoes and neo-rococo consoles close to monochrome paintings by American artists, up to the big site-specific installations by Dan Flavin, Robert Irwin and James Turrell.

At the end of the tour you will reach Varese city centre in ten minutes. Here you will “live” the atmosphere of the cute historical core, thanks to spare time for shopping and an individual lunch.

In the afternoon guided visit to the city and its landmarks. Its visit links up the most representative civil and religious places, stopping at suggestive courtyards and hidden corners, up to Varese election as the “garden city”, when it became the seat of the Court of Francis III of Este Duke of Modena and also the selected area to build villas of pleasures, surrounded by big and luxuriant parks.

At the end a “pink aperitif” based on the well-known alcoholic “Apollo” aperitif in a historical café.

Book now your private experience!


  • A private guided tour to Varese historical centre
  • The beauty of its public gardens
  • A private guided tour to Villa Panza contemporary art museum
  • The most rich collection of Dan Flavin’s art specific installations
  • An Apollo cocktail tasting




  • The rate includes: a private licensed tour guide (6 hours’ length), admission tickets to Villa Panza and its garden, n. 01 aperitif
  • The rate does not includes: lunch



The meeting point with the tourist guide or the private driver will usually take place in the lobby of the Client’s hotel if it is in THE HISTORICAL CENTRE OF THE CITY WHERE THE TOUR STARTS. Please, let us know the name of your hotel.

In case the Client’s accommodation is distant from the historical centers or if you come from other departure places, different meeting points will be communicated after the confirmation of the tour.


Private tour
Intolerances or allergies must be communicated on your booking.
Comfortable shoes are reccommended.


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• Up to 21 working days prior to the start of the activity: full refund of the service paid by the buyer;
• From 20 to 10 working days prior to the start of the activity: 50% refund of the price paid;
• From 9 to 0 days prior to the beginning of the activity or non-use by the buyer of the service: no refund.

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• The day of the activity is not counted;
• The days begin at 00.00 and end at 24.00 hours in the time zone in force in Italy (GMT +1).

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