Varese (Lombard: Varés) 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 3°C. In the summer, there are on average 11.58 hot days per month with perceived temperatures above 30°C.
The average monthly income in Varese is around 2083.34€, which is higher than the average for Italy.
The estimated cost of living is around 1956.35€ per month for an individual or 2947.94€ per month for a family of 4. The cost for renting a small apartment (2-3 bedrooms) in a main city area is around 1301.45€ 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 is known for its vibrant nightlife scene that caters to locals and visitors. The city features a variety of bars, pubs, and clubs offering a range of entertainment options. Visitors can enjoy live music, DJ sets, and a bustling atmosphere that extends into the late hours of the night. Varese's nightlife scene offers a mix of trendy venues, energetic crowds, and a diverse music scene, ensuring an enjoyable and memorable night out in the city.
Overall, 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.
Varese offers a safe and secure environment with a low crime rate. Instances of petty theft, pickpocketing, and property-related offenses are rare, contributing to a peaceful atmosphere for residents and visitors. The city maintains effective safety measures and has a visible police presence, which further enhances safety. Road accidents are infrequent, but it is advisable to drive responsibly and follow traffic regulations when traveling in Varese.
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 €1.40 for 90 minutes.