For those lucky enough to visit the massive Campo dei Fiori regional park that lies just north of the city of Varese, they will be impressed by the views of Lake Maggiore and the other lakes that surround them, set against a backdrop of green alpine slopes.
Situated on the slopes of the hills surrounding the lake, visitors can admire the grand Liberty-style villas built when, at the beginning of the 19th Century, Varese became a favourite place for these noble country homes.
Monuments and buildings are also of cultural interest and importance in this area. There is the 17th century Sacro Monte and the Palazzo Estense di Varese, the Rocca di Angera fortress which dominates the southern part of Lake Maggiore, the lovely ancient sanctuary of Santa Caterina del Sasso and finally the magnificent Renaissance Castiglione Olona. The gardens and the contrast between the blue waters of the lakes and the green of the surrounding nature that changes with the seasons in a rainbow of colour is what draws visitors back to this area. They visit over again and again, just as Stendhal did at the beginning of the nineteenth century.