Torre di Velate
The Velate Tower was constructed in the 11th century on the high plains overlooking the road that leads towards Lake Maggiore. It was intended to protect the southern part of the defensive walls of Velate – a fortified borgo dating from the late-Roman era (the so-called “castrum de Vellate”). The tower was rendered unusable during the 12th-century battles between Milan and Como. One full side of the original 25-metre-high imposing quadrilateral remains, made more resistant by the staircase attached to it, as does part of another side. The tower has served as a cornerstone of the hillside landscapes around Varese and, for the local people, has great symbolic value.