Castellanza is in the province of Varese on the border with the province of Milan at an equal distance from the two cities (about 35 Km.). It is geographically located in the southern end of the Valle dell’Olona and is divided into two parts (Castellanza and Castegnate) by the path of the Olona river.

Located there since 1991 is the University C. Cattaneo (LIUC) and since 2011 the University Institute of Linguistics and Cultural Mediation C. Albasio; also there are clinics such as Humanitas Mater Domini, Multimedica and the ASL district of the Province of Varese.

The town has a population of approximately 15,000 inhabitants and since the late 19th century has been one of the main industrial centres in the province of Varese. With the beautiful backdrop of the Alps and the famous Italian lakes Lago Maggiore and Lago di Como, the province of Varese is also home to 23,000 manufacturing and craft industries that export over 30% of their production worldwide and generate employment to approximately 175 thousand people.

Castellanza received the honorary title of city with a presidential decree on January 4, 1974.


All the nightlife structures and bars are close to the University Campus and easy to reach walking (most of them were estabilished after the University did). 

Il Gigante ( ) and LD Market ( are the two closest groceries that you can easily reach. 


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