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Isolino Virginia viewed from North © Musei Civici di Varese

  Biandronno (VA)  |     Isolino Virginia-Camilla-Isola di San Biagio

Short description

Among the prehistoric pile-dwellings of the Alps, Isolino Virginia is the one with the oldest finds. Isolino was inhabited by prehistoric inhabitants for over 4.000 years, from the Early Neolithic to the end of the Bronze Age, between 5300 and 900 BC. On the island and around it, monumental Neolithic wooden structures were preserved since they were covered by the water of the lake, sediments and vegetation, which through the centuries overlapped. The humid environment and the waterlogged soil has allowed the conservation of woods, seeds, hazelnuts shells, vegetables fibres and bones of animals.

Neolithic / Bronze Age

5300 - 900 B.C.

Varese Lake

239 m.a.s.l.

Size of the site 3,78 ha / approx. 5 soccer pitches

Size of the bufferzone 25,07 ha / approx. 35 soccer pitches

“Vaso a fruttiera” pot typical of Ancient Neolithic © Photo by Massimo Alari for Musei Civici di Varese

Current activities

Protection and research

Pile Dwellings up close
The site can be visited from April to October on Saturdays and Sundays (opening hours: 10:00 – 17:30)

Museo Archeologico di Villa Mirabello,
Piazza della Motta 4,
21100 Varese
to the website

Opening hours
Museum can be visited on Saturday and Sunday  9.30 – 12.30 / 14.00 – 18.00
From Tuesday to Friday opening on reservation for groups
(contacts: musei.masnago@comune.varese.it – 0332 820409

Museo „Andrea Ponti“
Isolino Virginia,
21024 Biandronno (VA)
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Opening hours
Museum can be visited on Saturday 14.30 – 17.30 and Sunday 10.00 – 13.00 / 14.30 – 17.00
From Monday to Friday opening on reservation for groups (contacts: 328 8377206 – www.archeologistics.it)