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Visit Varese Ligure
The hill town of Varese Ligure is in a quiet location in the Vara Valley, in the hills of north-east Liguria, to the east of Chiavari. and north of the villages of the Cinque Terre. The town is interesting because of the unusual circular layout of the town - hence the name Borgo Rotondo - the attractive medieval houses and the small fortress.
Exploring Varese Ligure
In the centre of the village there is an old stone bridge across the river Vara, which is a good place to start your visit with a stroll along the riverside and a chance to see the colourful river facing houses.
The historic centre is very unusual in being planned to a circular design, and the houses are paid in lovely bright colours and many retain the original arcades at ground floor level which adds further to the interest of a visit. Some of the houses such as those in Via Garibaldi also feature decorative frescoes.
This unusual town layout dates from the 13th century.
The principal historic monuments of interest here in Varese Ligure are the 15th century castle and the 17th century Church of San Filipo Neri and Santa Teresa D'Avila, both in the centre of the village. The castle is not open to the public but you can walk around the outside. You can however go in the church and see a collection of paintings and frescoes. A second church nearby, the Church of San Giovanni Battista, also contains some notable 16th century artefacts and artworks.
Although exploring the small town centre doesn't take long we suggest you also allow time to have lunch in one of the restaurants in Varese Ligure before heading off - there are several to choose from.
Vasere Ligure also has a reputation for both its commitment to environmentally frendly energy production (it produces more than it needs itself) and its commitment to organic farming - you can buy local organic products in the village. Both of these factors contribute to the town being listed among the 'Orange Flag' (tourist friendly) towns in Italy.
The road to reach Varese Ligure can be a bit slow and winding in places but no need to rush - the scenery in the forested hills is very attractive so relax and enjoy the journey!
If you enjoy exploring Varese Ligure you will also perhaps want to visit the village of Brugnato. About 15 kilometres to the south-east (along a slow road), it is another of the round "Borgo Rotondo" towns that are unique to Liguria.
You can find more local travel ideas in the Liguria guide.