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Villa e Collezione Panza

Piazza Litta, 1, 21100 Varese, Italy
+39 0332 283960
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Ranked #5 of 23 Attractions in Varese
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

WE spent a very happy afternoon there this summer, and it was a pity we had to leave at closing time. Even our initially reluctant tween children had to admit it was "epic", especially the temporary exhibition; we all loved the confusion caused by clever lighting and screens, and it brought about several interesting conversations. Very much recommend a visit,... More

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Atlanta, GA
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92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

If you're an art and architecture lover like me, don't miss Villa Panza in Varese Italy, between Lakes Maggiore and Como. In this exquisite 18th century villa, worth seeing for the architecture alone, resides the unexpected: one of Europe's most important collections of American contemporary art. The juxtaposition of new vs. old has never been more cleverly conceived. And don't... More

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Really enjoyed our visit to Villa Panza! The juxtaposition of the modern art in the classic house was stunning. I loved the gardens, and we had them all to ourselves. And the temporary exhibit, all light installations, was quite interesting.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

The 20th C. art collection is wonderful. Colorfield paintings give way to Dan Flavin's splashes of neon color in this sprawling villa. You've never seen so much in your life! The gardens surrounding the villa are nice, as well. Don't go expecting period furniture, though there is a little.

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Detroit, Michigan
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53 reviews 53 reviews
5 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

After paying admission, parking, and lunch at the cafe, I left feeling like I had been pick-pocketed. The villa itself is a treasure, although not unlike many others in the area. Garden has lots of green space, but again, not overly inspiring. The art exhibit really left me scratching my head. Room after room of white painted walls with varying... More

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Kempten, Germany
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

i liked the rooms, the breakfast and the style of the hotel. everything was very clean and we felt very comfortable. Staff was friendly and helpful. Would definitely stay there again

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Penzance Kernow
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

A really staggering museum set in a complex of old palatial buildings with artwork brimming with interest. Also set in beautiful parkland.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

We enjoyed the independent audio guided tour through the art collection at villa Panza. Although the art collection is explained in detail, there was little information about the house itself. It is a wonderful building which is immaculately maintained thanks to the work of the FAI. The gardens are also delightful. We enjoyed lunch at a little crepe restaurant outside... More

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Varese, Italy
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

The estate is beautiful and well mantained; the gardens offer a nice view on Varese The art collection is displayed on two floors The first floor has a lot of monocromatic paintings on exhibit Not really interesting, I think But the second floor, with its neon artworks and sky lights, is impressive

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Varese, Italy
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Tourist want go to visit this palace must be accompanied,usually from by self is very difficult to enter and visit inside,because all Italian patrimony is a business and property of man of power like politic men and priest.

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