Villa e Collezione Panza

Villa e Collezione Panza

Situated atop the Biumo Hill overlooking the city of Varese, an 18th century mansion is home to a 20th century American art collection

Villa e Collezione Panza inglese


Regularly open


Piazza Litta, 1 VARESE


+39 0332 283960



A 18th century mansion, whose windows look out on a magnificent Italian garden, hosts one of the foremost collections of contemporary American art, as well as international exhibitions.

Villa Panza was bequeathed to FAI by Giuseppe and Giovanna Panza di Biumo in 1996.A worldwide known centre for contemporary art, Villa Panza dates back to the 18th century, when Marquis Paolo Antonio Menafoglio chose the top of Biumo Hill, in the city of Varese, as the ideal place to build his country residence.

The mansion was expanded and renovated by Luigi Canonica at the beginning of the 19th century and Piero Portaluppi in the 30s of the last century. Its character changed during the 50s, when Count Giuseppe Panza began amassing a collection of contemporary art that over time has become famous all over the world. More than 150 works by American artists, mostly exploring the concepts of light and colour, are harmoniously combined with ancient rooms, Renaissance furniture and precious collections of African and pre-Columbian artifacts. A perfect balance reflecting the prescience and sensibility of the collector, Count Giuseppe Panza, who regarded the crystalline and almost transcendent light of the site as the key concept for his research.

The stable block is particularly significative in this respect: a temple dedicated to light art, this astonishing gallery hosts environmental site-specific works by Dan Flavin, of whose art the Panza Collection boasts the largest number of continuously exhibited pieces, Robert Wilson, Wim Wenders and James Turrell.

An exhibition venue of international prominence, Villa Panza offers a rich aesthetic experience to both adults and children, who have access to a programme of activities specifically designed for them. It is the ideal place to spend a day surrounded by art, whether it be visiting the building, walking in the park among the Land Art installations, or enjoying a meal at the haute cuisine restaurant “Luce”.

Visitor information
Opening hours

Villa Panza is open daily (except non-holiday Mondays and Wednesdays), from 10.00 AM to 6.00 PM

Last admission to the Villa: 5.15 PM

How to get here

By car

Take A8 (Autostrada dei Laghi) towards Varese. Take Varese exit and reach the city centre, then follow the signs to Villa Panza.

Taxi Deals available
Consorzio Artigiani Varese Trasporto Persone
Radio Taxi Varese
For further information, please call +39 (0)332241800

By train and bus
Varese Nord Railway Station. The service is operated by Trenord, for further information on the timetables see their website.

Once arrived at the railway station, take the A bus and get off at the final stop

20% discount on the admission ticket for ITINERO or IOVIAGGIO card holders.

10% discount on the admission ticket for the holders of a Trenord train ticket to Varese, validated on the same day of the visit.

Car parking
The car park is a paid for facility (€ 2 per day)


Villa only

FAI members: € 6
Standard: € 13 on weekdays; €15 on holidays.

Children between 4 and 14 years of age: € 6 on weekdays; € 7 on holidays.

Children under 4 years of age: free

Students between 18 and 26 years of age: € 8 on weekdays; € 10 on holidays.

National Trust members: € 6

Families (2 adults + 2 children): € 30 on weekdays; € 32 on holidays. In case there were more than two children, admission is free starting from the third.


FAI members: € 4
Children between 4 and 14 years of age: € 1

Free entry is granted to residents of the municipality of Varese on Tuesdays.

FAIrPlay Family: additional € 1 on top of the price of the admission ticket
Running at a breakneck speed, discovering hidden passageways, doing somersaults in midair, listening to the sounds of nature: the 60 activities of the “FAIr Play Family” programme encourage children aged 5-12 to explore both the indoor and the outdoor spaces of Villa Panza in an original and creative way, stimulating their imagination and curiosity. The spirit of these activities is always informal and playful but, at the same time, fair and loyal towards art and nature, so that the visit results in a formative experience for the young generations, future guardians of the beauties of our country.

Guided Tours

Guided tours for groups of up to 25 people are available in both Italian (€ 90) and English (€ 110). Reservation is required: for further information please contact

Guided tours for school groups are also available: check FAI Scuola’s website

Further options can be found here


All the purchases made in our bookshops help to support FAI’s mission

Useful advice

Baby changing tables and bottle warmers are available.

Dogs on a leash are allowed in the Park.


People with disabilities have free access to FAI properties.

The property is equipped to meet the needs of people with intellectual disabilities. For further information, see


Free Wi-Fi is available.

Eating and Drinking

Restaurant “Luce”. Please contact +39(0)332242199

Venue hire and events

Choose Villa Panza as a venue for your events!

A magnificent mansion in the centre of Varese

Villa Panza may make available, upon request, a list of local suppliers of the following services: displays; flowers; stewardship; music; PR; technical service support; photo shoots. The Restaurant “Luce”, located inside Villa Panza, offers an impeccable and highly professional catering service.
Choose a FAI property as a location for your event and support the conservation and protection of the Italian landscape.
What sort of things can you do at Villa Panza? Are you looking for the perfect location for your film or photo shoot?

Private events
Wedding receptions, exclusive dinners, book presentations, launches of new products, fashion shows, concerts.

Business events
Business meetings, volunteering, team building, exclusive guided tours, workshop led by industry experts.

Filming and photo shooting
Villa Panza is the ideal location for photo shoots and all kinds of professional filming.

Further information
Please contact Simona Gasparini
Tel +39 (0)339 2892686

Choose the best space for your event
Empire Room

110 SqM

Conferences: 100 guests

Lunches and dinners
100 seated guests

150 guests

Biliard Room

50 SqM

Buffets: 30 guests


750 SqM

Lunches, Dinners, Buffets: up to 200 guests

Court of honour

250 SqM

Concerts: 250 guests


7,800 SqM

Lunches, Dinners, Buffets: 300 guests

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