Varese is located in the upper Vara Valley, in the northern most part of the province of La Spezia.
It borders on the provinces of Genoa and Parma.
Motorway Exit: Motorway A12, Exit Brugnato-Borghetto ( 27 km from Varese Ligure).
Train Station: La Spezia Centrale (info: www.trenitalia.com )
Airports: Pisa Airport, 110 km from Varese Ligure (info: www.aereoportodipisa.com);
Genova Airport, 105 km from Varese Ligure (info: www.airport.genova.it).
What to see and do
Varese Ligure has an unusual circular architectural design. It is called the Borgo Rotondo, the round village, for this reason.
The town is located in the Vara Valley, surrounded by hills and mountains.
Varese Ligure is the first European town to receive the Certificazione Ambientale, an environmental certification. Nearby high tech windmills are used to create clean energy.
The town has also been awarded the prestigious Bandiera Arancione, the orange flag, by the Touring Club Italiano. The Bandiera Arancione is an award given to inland towns for the quality of their environment and attention given to tourism.
Varese Ligure is also included in the list of the Borghi più belli d’Italia, the most beautiful villages of Italy.
The valley of Varese Ligure is called the Valle del Biologico, the Organic Valley, because of its high standards of organic agriculture. Local farmers produce organic cheese, milk and meat.
Many footpaths run through the territory. The Alta Via dei Monti Liguri can be easily reached from the Passo Chiapparino and from the Passo delle Cento Croci (info: www.altaviadeimontiliguri.it).
Varese Ligure, like the rest of the Vara Valley, is an oasis of tranquillity. The simple pleasures of nature, age old traditions and delicious local dishes can still be enjoyed here.