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

Stazione Vellone

The great originality of the project of the engineer Brezzi was the Vellone station.

Vellone station was at the same time:

- the end station of the train Varese-Vellone.
- the lower station of the funicular Vellone-Sacro Monte.
- the lower station of the funicular Vellone-Campo dei Fiori.
It was a real transfer station!
Another originality was the architecture. The station is a real elegant hexagonal building.
Each track has a 120 degree angle with the other ones.
Today, the Vellone station is like an antic vestige but it has kept all its charm!


Vellone station in 1911.

The same vue in...1995.

Vellone station as it appeared to me throught the vegetation.
Foreground: funicular Campo dei Fiori
Up/left corner: funicular Sacro Monte
(Note the hexagonal architecture)

Original plan of the station.
A: The pier of funicular Campo dei Fiori
B: The pier of funicular Sacro Monte
C: Transfer hall
D: Toilet
E: Office
F: Train Varese-Vellone

The pier of funicular Campo dei Fiori.

The pier of funicular Campo dei Fiori.
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