Borgo di Mustonate
Borgo di Mustonate at the gates of Varese
Once an abandoned village, today Mustonate is a small paradise at the gates of Varese, thanks to some splendid restoration work.
It is a wonderful "albergo diffuso", where hotel guests can stay in different buildings in the village, and it is also a place that deserves to be visited by cyclists.
The neo-rural hamlet is dedicated to residential and tourist hospitality, horse training , carriage tours, tastings of typical local products and promotion of the local culture.
Cyclists can also reach the pedestrian-bike trail of Lake Varese at Schiranna or Calcinate del Pesce: from there, Mustonate is reachable on an uphill trail that runs through a relaxing natural setting.
There are marked routes in these places, since it is inside the Campo dei Fiori Regional Park: one of these takes cyclists to the nearby village of Morosolo (at the end of a demanding uphill trail about 2 kilometres long), where tourists can see the ancient Villa Stampa (not open to visitors), where Alessandro Manzoni once stayed for a short period of time.
Two kilometres from Morosolo is Casciago, the location of the lovely Romanesque church of Sant'Eusebio. All tourists should stop to see it. Descending toward Lissago, it is easy to return to Mustonate.
An important reference point for people living in this village is the 18th century church of Sant'Antonio and Santa Caterina. Mass is celebrated every Friday, and in January celebrations are held for the patron saint with the famous bonfire and blessing ceremony for animals.
For further information: www.borgodimustonate.en