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Monastero di Torba

A slice of the Middle Ages in the silent woodlands of Varese

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Wednesday to Sunday: 10am-6pm
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FAI members: free entry, Adults: €6, Reduced (aged 6-18): €4
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+39 0331 820301
Opening times

From February 23th to September 30th from Wednesday to Sunday: 10am-6pm
Last entry one hour before closing time

From October 1st to December 8th from Wednesday to Sunday: 10am-5pm
Last entry one hour before closing time

Mondays and Tuesdays closed, special openings for schools and groups upon reservation and during closing times.

In order to book and to verify special openings and closures, please click here.


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Entry ticket

  • FAI members: free entry
  • Adults: € 6
  • Reduced (aged 6-18): € 4
  • Children aged 0-5: free entry
  • Students aged 25 or under: € 4
  • Family: €21 for 2 adults and 2 or more children (6-18 years old)
  • INTO – The International National Trust members* (for more informations, Bienfaiteurs Amis du Louvre*, ICOM*, those with disabilities + 1 companion: free entry
  • Residents of the Gornate Olona and Castelseprio local council areas: free entry

Guided tours

  • FAI members: € 6
  • Adults: € 14
  • Reduced (aged 6-18): € 6
  • Students aged under 25: € 6
  • INTO – The International National Trusts Organization members (for more informations, Soci Mécènes e Soci Bienfaiteurs Amis du Louvre, ICOM, those with disabilities + 1 companion: € 6
  • Family (2 adults + 2 or more children 6-18 y.o.): € 36,00

During events the price may be subject to change.

FAIr Play Family € 1 on top of the cost of the ticket.

Run until you lose your breath, discover secret passageways, find the perfect place for a somersault, listen to the sounds of nature: there are a total of 60 activities on offer through the “FAIr Play Family” project, which invites children aged 5-12 to discover the interior and exterior of the property in an original, creative way, stimulating their imagination and curiosity. It is a playful, unconstrained approach that is also respectful to both art and nature, with a view to ensuring that the visitor experience is educational for the younger generation, who after all will be the future “custodians of Italy’s beauty”.

Getting here

By car
A8 Milan-Varese Motorway (“Autostrada dei Laghi A8 Milano-Varese”): take the Solbiate Arno exit, then follow the signs for Castelseprio and Torba.

By public transport
On Trenord trains, Milan branch: get off at Tradate station, continue by bus (Giuliani & Laudi operator - line B45), head for Varese and get off at the “Torba” stop.For the train timetables, consult the Trenord site, and for the bus timetables consult the site of the bus operators.

Internal parking for cars near the monastery.

Guided tours and Group visits

Guided tours lasting one hour are available for groups at the following rates:
• Guided tour in Italian: €80 (maximum 25-30 visitors)
• Guided tour in a language other than Italian: €100 (maximum 25-30 visitors)

For information and bookings, please click here.

School visits
School groups and school children are welcome. Prior booking essential.


Purchases from the bookshop make a tangible contribution to supporting the work of FAI. Don’t miss to taste the local production of honey.


Visitors with disabilities and, when applicable, their caregiver have free access, in accordance with M.D. 507/97 updated to M.D. 13/2019 and L.104/92.

A reduced ticket is required in case of guided tours, events and other additional services.

Guide dogs and therapy dogs with a training certificate for assistance to persons with disabilities are allowed, always on a leash, both in the external areas and inside the Monastery.

For persons with reduced mobility: difficult access to the property due to its historic nature.

The first and second floors of the tower are accessible only by stairs.

The external passages (access road to the church and path along the walls) have a gravel bottom.

The lawn is accessible to all.

Food and Drinks

Antica Torre from March to September 30th: 10am - 6pm, Wednesday to Sundayfrom October 1st to December: 10am - 5pm, Wednesday to SundayPrior booking essential on Saturday eveningsFor bookings: tel. (+39) 348 8687196

Picnic area
The grounds include a picnic area.

Good to know

Comfortable shoes are recommended.

Dogs are always welcome in the Park, but must be kept on a leash at all times  To ensure the protection and preservation of the interiors of Monastero di Torba and its collections, only guide dogs and assistance dogs with certificates for accompanying people with disabilities are allowed inside. 

Possibility to rent an electric bike on site.
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Located between Milan and Varese, Monastero di Torba is a monumental Longobard complex, today part of an archaeology park that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, immersed in nature and centered around an imposing tower with frescoed interiors. Open from March to December, it’s a family destination with an interesting focus on archeology and nature. You can complete your visit with lunch in the annexed restaurant. It offers local and organic food as well as picnic baskets.

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