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“gardens only”

Palazzo e Giardini Estensi
Ranked #3 of 41 things to do in Varese
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the highlands
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144 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
“gardens only”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

the gardens are lovely but you cannot see the palace itself from the inside as its used by various council departments, which is a real shame. we did take a picture of a painted ceiling on one of the staircases ( look for the golden busts) which gave a glimpse of what visitors to varese are missing! there is a bar/café in the park and childrens rides.

Visited June 2013
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San Francisco
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243 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Surprise! Nice formal garden in Varese.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013

The gardens are pleasant and fairly well maintained. The requisite features of formal gardens dating to the 18th century seem to all be here. I must be jaded though, because I didn't see any delightful new surprises not seen in other places. Nevertheless, I do think this is terrific for Varese.

Visited May 2013
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Thornaby on Tees, United Kingdom
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“Extensive gardens close to town”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2012

Entering through an archway just off a busy main street, these gardens provide a surprising oasis of calm, away from the traffic. The backdrop is a (now) municipal buidling which is said to resemble Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna. There is an impressively large fountain as well as a additional "lago di cigni", complete with swans, forest paths, a number of different parterre gardens, a children's miniature railway, archaelogical museum in a hilltop villa, plus children's go-kart track and minigolf, spread out over quite an area. Also, plenty of seats just to sit and relax away from the bustle of the town!

Visited September 2012
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Orlando, Florida
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106 reviews
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“Seriously beautiful area”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

Even in the snow, this is a seriously beautiful area...or maybe because of the snow, this is a seriously beautiful area. Stop by before or after eating at one of the nearby restaurants and just walk around for a little while

Visited January 2012
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