In north-western Lombardy, 55 km north of Milan, close to Malpensa Airport and only a few kilometres from the Swiss border, the town of Varese is well known as the “Garden City”, while its province is rightly defined as the “Land of Lakes”, because of the seven lakes scattered throughout its territory. The A8 motorway (follow the green signals!), part of the oldest toll road system in the world, connects Varese with Milan. The town is also served by both the state-run Ferrovie dello Stato (FS) and Ferrovie Nord Milano (FNM). Trains run every 50 minutes and the journey to Varese takes about 45 minutes. Here are some tips for discovering some of the area’s historical and artistic treasures, in the city or just outside it.