Varese Ligure

Varese Ligure: Top 5 things to see (absolutely)

Italian version 🇮🇹

Enjoy this little guide of Varese Ligure, one of the most beautiful villages in Liguria.

Ideal for an outdoor weekend or a day trip, Varese Ligure is a medieval village, well known all around the world, for its uniqueness, its biological setting, its beauty, its food .. and much more!

How to arrive in Varese Ligure.

✔ Varese Ligure is located few kilometers away from Tigullio and the Riviera.

It can be reached from Sestri Levante, continuing along the road that leads to Casarza Ligure. Passed the town of Casarza, continue for about 30 minutes, following the road signs.

✔ Coming from La Spezia, exit at the Brugnato tollbooth and continue along the Provincial Road 566, passing through Sesta Godano.

Are you ready?


1️⃣ “Borgo Rotondo”

The historic center of Varese is called Borgo Rotondo.

It was conceived by the Fieschi Family, feudal lords of Varese Ligure since 1161, who affirmed their control over this area, just at the center of the communication routes, between Parma area the Ligurian Riviera di Levante.

Varese Ligure, Borgo Rotondo
Borgo Rotondo – Picture by Dante Bergamini, from Gruppo Facebook

As can be deduced by the name, the Borgo is actually round (in Italian language Rotondo means Round 😇).

It’s composed by these typical houses – which you can see in the photo – overlooking a wonderful portico in classic Genoese style.

In ancient times, the market was held in the small central square of the Borgo. The houses were almost all the same, on two floors.

At the ground floor, under the arcades, were used as a warehouse or laboratory, while the upper floors, served as a dwelling.

There is still space, even today, for some artisan shops, a bar and a restaurant.