The Palazzo Estense is a Baroque palace built for the Francesco III d’Este and the House of Este in Varese, Italy. The palace was designed by architect Giuseppe Bianchi and was completed in 1760. It became the home, in 1765, of Francesco III d’Este, Duke of Modena who was also Austrian governor of Lombardy. He straight away had the entire house restored. A large pool, located in the square in front of the palace, is the cornerstone of the architectural development of the entire garden, one of the mosy beautiful gardens of the eighteenth century in the whole of Lombardia. The chapel is dedicated to John The Baptist. Today, the palace houses the civic administration of the local municipal council and hosts conferences and concerts. In May 2010 it hosted a meeting of G6 Interior Ministers.
West of Trentino and Veneto is Lombardy. Cattle are reared on the plains in the central and southern parts of the region and so meat features more in the dishes here, especially veal, a good example being “Ossobuco alla Milanese”. It is hardly surprising that risotto is one of the main dishes of Lombardy as rice grows so well in this region of Italy and rather than pasta, rice is the staple food of Lombardy. Cheese is also a major part of the cuisine of Lombardy and there are several excellent cheeses produced in the area.
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