The Hotel Colonne is located in the village of Sacro Monte, in Varese, Italy, within the Campo dei Fiori Natural Park, 500 metres from the 14 chapels of Sacro Monte Varese and 20 kilometres from Lake Maggiore. Varese train station is four kilometres away, and Milan Malpensa Airport is 47 kilometres distant. Hotel Features.
Built as a hotel in 1921, The Hotel Colonne retains many original features, with a view from its terrace over the mountains and the lake. Wireless Internet is available, there is 24 hour front desk and room service, and parking is complimentary.
The hotel's Colonne Brasserie serves complimentary breakfast, and offers simple traditional food, with fresh pasta and polenta and homemade cakes for lunch and dinner. All are served in a homely atmosphere with candlelight and a veranda. The Colonne Restaurant serves traditional Varesina cuisine, such as Roccia Mussels, Taragna Polenta, and Fish in Lime Tempura. The atmosphere is relaxed and decor traditional, with a panoramic terrace. On Friday nights jazz is played.
A meeting room is available for conferences and there are business services.
Nearby activities include bird watching, golfing, horse riding, and tennis. Bikes and scooters can also be rented nearby. Guestrooms.
The 10 guestrooms at Hotel Colonne have individual fittings, wallpapers, and antique furnishings. Each room has a television, fridge, phone, and safe. Private terraces with deck chairs give views over the lakes, and superior rooms have small lounges with couches. Wireless Internet is available throughout. Expert Tip.
The 14 chapels of Sacro Monte Varese are set along a mountain path, begun in construction in 1604. The chapels were built and dedicated to the mysteries of the Rosary. The Campo dei Fiori is covered in forests of chestnut and beech and has underground caves, some still unexplored.
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From Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP):
Distance to Hotel Colonne is 47 kilometres, approximately 45 minutes' drive.
Getting there. Taxis to central Milan cost about 65 75 EUR. The Malpensa Express train runs every 30 minutes between the airport's train station and the city centre (Cadorna station). Single tickets are approximately 9 EUR, and journey time is 40 minutes. The Malpensa shuttle bus runs to Stazione Centrale (central station) every 20 minutes. The fare is 4.50 EUR and journey time is 20 minutes. Trains run from Milan station to Varese, from where a bus or taxi goes to Sacro Monte.
Getting around. Varese train station is four kilometres away, providing access throughout the region. Scooters are available for hire for closer excursions. Cars are recommended for wider exploration of the area.
Driving directions. From Milan Malpensa, take the A8.
Leave the A8 at the Varese exit and follow signs first to Varese, and then to Sacro Monte.
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