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Villa e Collezione Panza

Address: Piazza Litta, 1, 21100 Varese, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0332 283960
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Ranked #2 of 31 things to do in Varese
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art museums, Museums
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Type: Art museums, Museums
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Paris, France
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66 reviews 66 reviews
17 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

One could break down a review of this place into reviews of the villa itself, the gardens, the expositions and the permanent collections--and they're all very, very different. The Wim Wenders exhibition was a marvel: an hommage to Edward Hopper with large format prints displayed along the walls of this very Italian place. Truly worth the visit. The villa itself... More 

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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Well managed by Fai Italian trust preserves part of the modern art collection of Panza di Biumo. Periodical exhibitions of contemporary art and photography. The villains magnificent and strolling in the garden a pleasure. A little gem in a otherwise quite sleepy provincial town.

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Milan, Italy
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

An amazing Villa, surrounded by a magnificent garden, built in the middle of the XVIII century. In the halls and in the large stables, are now exhibited over one hundred works by contemporary artists, as well as rich furnishings of the period from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century and an important collection of pre-Columbian and African art.

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5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I visited Villa Panza for see the exhibition of photographs by Wim Wenders. The parking is not too big for all visitors. The ticket was expensive, excessive for low number of photos shown. Not exist any discount for seniors. Some photos aren't bed expost because are in front of windows and you can see only reflected.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

They have a great permanent collection and the most interesting temporary one, check with them on what is available

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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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53 reviews 53 reviews
9 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 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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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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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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4 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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