The sleeping giant

Closed since the sixties, it was the protagonist of hospitality in Varese and today it has been transformed into a unique set of Liberty inspiration

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A magnificent example of Italian Liberty nearby the city center of Varese: the architectural complex of Grand Hotel Campo dei Fiori, located on the summit of Mount Tre Croci, is one of the most spectacular and scenic buildings in the Province of Varese.

Designed in 1908 by the architect of Liberty Giuseppe Sommaruga, it had the honor to host famed personalities starting from 1912, the year in which it was opened to the general public and to élite tourism from all over Europe, including royals and bourgeois of the time.

A real luxury hotel, easily reachable from the city center thanks to a panoramic funicular and equipped with all the comforts available in that historical period. Every corner of this vast property, now closed, is decorated and enriched by the Liberty style typical of the Belle Époque that made Varese an important artistic and cultural center. The originality of the structure, the furnishings and the perfect harmony with the surrounding natural context, make recognizable the ingenuity and the style of the famous architect Sommaruga that makes the Grand Hotel Campo dei Fiori a still popular destination today.

The Liberty style in Varese

The ambitious project for the development of tourism in Varese born at the beginning of the twentieth century allowed the architect Sommaruga to enrich the city with real Liberty jewels in among which the Grand Hotel Campo dei Fiori, the numerous private villas in the area that accompany the visitor in the Belle Époque and the large complex of Colle Campigli which includes Palace Grand Hotel Varese and the now destroyed Kursaal complex.

A great journey into Liberty in Varese that has welcomed expert scholars, art lovers and countless curious tourists from all over the world for more than a century.