Varese is an important center, active in many sectors (mechanical, electro-technical, food processing, wood, textiles, clothing, shoes, leather, paper, graphic arts-publishing and plastic materials). In the tertiary sector, business is particularly brisk also due to adequate road, highway and railway connections to Milan.
In the area surrounding Varese the landscapes are magnificent. The border with Switzerland is nearby, and affords great advantages. The view of the Pre-Alp lakes is indeed unique.
The municipality of Varese has a population of 85,687, according to the results of the 2001 national census.