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Tourist services

All tourist services available to visitors at the Sacred Mount of Varese are listed below.
We recommend checking the location of each service on the map.

Approfondimenti sui servizi



The monumental journey starts from the first chapel at the Monsignor Macchi exhibition center (viale delle Cappelle) where it is possible to park the car nearby.
The sanctuary can be reached by car and bus up to the parking lots in Piazzale Pogliaghi.



The upper part of the Sacred Mount, the village and the sanctuary are connected by the Vellone - Santa Maria del Monte funicular railway.



Near the sanctuary of Santa Maria del Monte, there are parking lots in Piazzale Pogliaghi: from Monday to Friday free of charge
Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays for a fee



Near the sanctuary an elevator allows direct access to the church from Via del Ceppo/Viale del Santuario.


Info point

The Monsignor Macchi Exhibition Center, located next to the first chapel, provides information and brochures:
It is open on Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
In addition, at Piazzale Pogliaghi, there is the Campo dei Fiori Nature Park Info Point:
It is open on Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday all day



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Guide-assisted tour

Guided tours to the Sacred Mount of Varese are organized by the Archaeologists association or the tourist guides of the Province of Varese, available for a fee.
For more information:  Monsignor Macchi Exhibition Center, located near the First Chapel.


Audio guides / App

The SacroMonteVarese App (available for Android on the Google Play Store and for IOS on the Apple Store).
The App can be downloaded for free in Italian, English and French.



For information on the educational activities, please contact the Monsignor Macchi Exhibition Center located near the First Chapel.


Sign Language guided tour

For information on the guided tours with sign language, please contact
Monsignor Macchi Exhibition Center located near the First Chapel.


Congress room

At the Monsignor Macchi Exhibition Center, near the First Chapel, a large and equipped conference room can be rented for a fee. The room is disabled-friendly.



The restrooms are located near the sanctuary.


Picnic area

A picnic area is located along Via Monte Tre Croci, between Piazzale Pogliaghi and trail No. 10 (Pizzelle).
Consuming food and drinks along the monumental path is forbidden.



Along the way of the chapels, numerous lookout points marked on the map offer spectacular views of the city of Varese, the lake and the surrounding natural environment.



The restrooms are located near the sanctuary.


Disabled Toilets

Disabled-friendly restrooms are located near the sanctuary.


Religious ceremonies

Casa Parrocchiale - via Assunzione, 21
Contacts: 0332-229.223

Opening hour
Winter time 7.30 am-12.00 am e 2.00 pm - 5.30 pm
Daylight savings time 7.00 am - 12.00 am e 2.00 pm - 6.00 pm

Religious Service Hours
Weekends 7.30 am - 9.00 am - 11.00 am; 4.30 pm (from 1st October to 30th April), 5.00 pm (from 1st May to 30th September)
Weekdays 8:00 am e 4.45 pm

Pre-holiday 6.00 pm - Weekends 8.30 am

From 9.30 am to 11.30 am - from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm - e durante le Celebrazioni 

Address: Piazzetta Monastero 3
Contact: 0332-227.678

Talk time
9.30 am -12.00 am e 2.00 pm - 6.00 pm

Address: Piazza Paolo VI
Contacts: 0332-227.678

Orari di apertura del centro:
7.00 am -11.50 am e 3.00 pm - 8.30 pm

Religious Service Hours
7.30 am lodi - 8.00 am Mass - 6.00 pm  Vespers  (Friday at 7.00 pm)

For more information:


Hiking itineraries

Being located within the Campo dei Fiori Regional Nature Park, the Sacred Mount of Varese offers numerous excursion opportunities that allow appreciating and enjoying the beauty and variety of the surrounding landscape. The vast nature reserve area is crossed by twenty trails among which the European E1 trail, the Jubilee trail, the Via Verde Varesina and the Anulare Valcuviano.


Park and garden

The Sacred Mount of Varese is located within the Campo dei Fiori Regional Nature Park which is located a few kilometers due north of Varese.
Characterized by a territory of great environmental value, the Park can be visited through its twenty trails.

Sacri Monti Educational

Visita Sacri Monti Educational

Questo portale è un progetto finanziato a valere sui fondi della Legge 20 febbraio 2006, n. 77
Misure speciali di tutela e fruizione dei siti italiani di interesse culturale, paesaggistico e ambientale inseriti nella lista del patrimonio mondiale posti sotto la tutela dell'UNESCO
This work was carried out with funds made available under Law 77 of 20 February 2006

Progetto Interreg "MAIN10ANCE" ID 473472

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Progetto GAL TERRE DEL SESIA: PSR 2014-20, MISURA 7.6.4





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