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See Edgar Varèse for the composer
Varese is a city in north-western Lombardy, northern Italy, 55 km north of Milan.

It is the capital of the province with the same name; other important towns in the province are Busto Arsizio, Gallarate, Saronno, Tradate.

Geographical features

The province of Varese lies below the Alps, so mountains and hills constitute 32% and 46% of its territory respectively; other common features are rivers (including the Ticino and Olona) and glacial lakes (Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano, Lake of Varese and four other smaller ones). The southern part of the province belongs to the Pianura Padana (which means the Po flatlands – see Po river).


In 2001 Varese had 82,282 inhabitants (38,424 male and 43,858 female), with a density of 1497.9 people.km2. (Source: ISTAT)



The economy of Varese is mainly based on industry and, to a lesser extent, specialized agriculture; some famous Varese-based firms are:

Varese is home to Malpensa International Airport, which serves the international traffic of Milan, Italy

Edgar Varèse (1883 - 1965) was a composer, sometimes known as the father of electronic music.