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Varese for Expats and Nomads

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๐Ÿ‘ฅPopulation: 890,768

๐Ÿš‘Healthcare: good

๐Ÿ“šEducation: great

๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธSafety: great

๐ŸšจCrime: low

๐ŸšŒTransport: excellent

๐ŸšฅTraffic: average

๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธCyclable: poor

๐Ÿ›๏ธCulture: poor

๐ŸธNightlife: poor

โšฝRecreation: excellent

๐ŸŒฆ๏ธClimate: okay

โ˜€๏ธSunshine: okay

๐ŸฅตSummers: not hot

๐ŸฅถWinters: very cold

๐ŸŒง๏ธRain: rainy

๐ŸŒซ๏ธFog: no fog

๐ŸƒAir quality: excellent

๐Ÿ‘ชFor family: great

๐Ÿ‘ฉFor women: great

๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆLGBTQ+: great

๐Ÿฅ—For vegans: okay

๐Ÿ“ˆCost of Living: high

๐Ÿง‘๐ŸปExpenses (single person): 1956.35โ‚ฌ/m

๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐ŸซExpenses (tourist): 2934.52โ‚ฌ/m

๐Ÿ Rental (studio apt.): 312.55โ‚ฌ/m

๐Ÿ˜๏ธRental (2-room apt.): 446.5โ‚ฌ/m

๐ŸฐRental (3-room apt.): 625.1โ‚ฌ/m

๐Ÿ™๏ธHousing Cost: average

๐Ÿ’ตLocal Income: 2083.34โ‚ฌ/m

๐Ÿ‘ชExpenses (small family): 2947.94โ‚ฌ/m

๐Ÿ Sale (studio apt.): 44160โ‚ฌ/m

๐Ÿ˜๏ธSale (2-room apt.): 73600โ‚ฌ/m

๐ŸฐSale (3-room apt.): 103040โ‚ฌ/m

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ปNomad-friendly: okay

๐Ÿ’ƒFun: okay

๐Ÿค—Friendliness: good

๐ŸคEnglish-speakers: okay

๐Ÿ˜ŠHappiness: okay

๐Ÿ’ธNomad cost: 2934.52โ‚ฌ/m

๐Ÿ“กHigh-speed Internet: poor

๐Ÿ“ˆInnovation: good

๐Ÿ–๏ธBeach: poor

โ›ฐ๏ธHiking: good


Map of the Varese province in Lombardy
Map of the provinces of Lombardy including Varese
The province of Varese is the 16th largest Italian province by population with 890.768 people, located in the Lombardy region.

The larger Varese metropolitan area comprises 138 towns (comuni) and covers an area of 119.811 km2. The population density is 743 inhabitants per km2, making it highly densely populated. The male to female ratio is 1.00:1.06.

Varese (Lombard: Varรฉs) is a pleasant hillside city in Lombardy, a few kilometres from the Swiss border, with a cosy historic centre, stunning views of the namesake lake and the Alps and plenty of opportunity for outdoor and indoor activities.

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The province of Varese receives on average 219 hours of sunshine per month, or 7.3 hours of sunshine per day. This is 7.20% less than the average for Italy and 0.79% less than the average for the region of Lombardy.

Throughout the year, it rains on average 8.73 days per month, which is well above average for an Italian province.

Throughout the autumn and winter season, there are usually 0.41 days per month with fog and 4.84 cold days per month with perceived temperatures below 3ยฐC. In the summer, there are on average 11.58 hot days per month with perceived temperatures above 30ยฐC.

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Cost of Living

The average monthly income in Varese is around 2083.34โ‚ฌ, which is higher than the average for Italy.

The estimated cost of living is around 1956.35โ‚ฌ per month for an individual or 2947.94โ‚ฌ per month for a family of 4. The cost for renting a small apartment (2-3 bedrooms) in a main city area is around 1301.45โ‚ฌ per month.

Overall, Varese is expensive compared to other Italian provinces. Living in Varese is around 18.56% more expensive than the average of all Italian provinces.

Quality of Life


Healthcare in Varese is below average. For every 10k inhabitants, there are around undefined pharmacies, 7.58 general practitioners and 26 specialized doctors per 10k inhabitants. Average life expectancy in Varese is very high at 82.1 years of age.


Varese has a higher-than-average percentage of high school graduates, around 67.5%; and a higher-than-average percentage of university graduates, around 27.5%. The average number of completed years of schooling for people over 25 is 10.73, which is not far from the national average of 10.44. There are 2 universities within the province.


Varese has somewhat decent nightlife with 2.35 bars and 2.85 restaurants per 10k inhabitants.

Crime and Safety

The province of Varese is overall very safe for expats. As of 2021, there are an average of 2752.3 reported crimes per 100k inhabitants. This is 2.94% lower than the national average.

There have been around 0.2 deadly road accidents and 8 serious work-related injuries per 10k people in Varese. This is respectively 62.96% less driving accidents than average and 37.98% less work accidents than average.

Car theft is reportedly 29.63% lower than average with only 49.63 cases per 100k inhabitants. Reports of house thefts are 4.60% higher than average with 183.07 cases per 100k inhabitants. Cases of robbery are not totally uncommon, around 11.83% higher than average with 24.76 reports per 100k inhabitants.


Public transport in Varese is quite good, and traffic is below average. There are on average 0.66 active vehicles per person, against a national average of 0.66.

Around 0.34km per 10k inhabitants of the main city in Varese consist of bicycle lanes. This makes Varese not very bike-friendly.

Varese is small enough to get around on foot, and many of the streets are pedestrian-only. Nevertheless if you want to reach and visit towns and villages spread over the area, such as Sacro Monte and S. Ambrogio Olona, we would advise you to use the public transport network, that comprises several lines. Some are mostly within city limits (Urbani) and some are Extraurbani (crossing city limits). Buying a ticket at newstands and bars before boarding is better, otherwise you can buy it on board at the same price of โ‚ฌ1.40 for 90 minutes.


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