Funiculars of Varese (Italy)

Text and photos by Michel AZEMA (The black and white pictures are from the book "Binari ai Laghi" Adriano Betti Carboncini). Varese Index | Maps | Campo dei Fiori | Sacro Monte | Vellone | Kursaal | Menu

Funicolare del Campo dei Fiori

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The two societies " SocietÓ Varesina " and " SocietÓ dei Grandi Alberghi Varesini " decided to promote the Monte Tre Croci on the Monte del Campo dei Fiori.
They decided to build an hotel at the top of Monte Tre Croci: Grand Hotel in pure Italian Liberty style.
To access the hotel the engineer Brezzi planned (1910) to build a new funicular from Vellone to Monte Tre Croci.
The project was accepted the 9th march 1911.
The funicular del Campo dei Fiori was inaugurated the 20th April 1911 with the Belvedere restaurant built by the architect Giuseppe Sommaruga.

The two funiculars and the train Varese-Vellone were stopped the 31st August 1953.


Upper station in 1911

Upper station in 1995


Actual state of the upper station

Actual state of the upper station


Actual state of the upper station

Toilet beside the upper station (in the same Italian Liberty style!)


Bridge juste below the upper station

The tunnel (note the traces of the track)

TECHNICAL DATAS
Type of funicular
Type of tracks
Energy
Lower station / AltitudeVellone / 630,85m
Upper station / AltitudeMonte Tre Croci / 1032m
Diff. of levels401,15m
Length807,25m
Min. Gradient41,65%
Max. Gradient56%
Gauge1m
Pulleys51 vertical
106 inclined
Cabins2
red color
2 closed compartments
2 opened compartments
Total: 50 passengers
Length of the cabin6,76m
Width of the cabin2,30m
Weigth of the cabin4,5t
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