Hotel Ristorante San Carlo

Via Verbano, 4, Arona, 28041, Italy
Hotel Ristorante San Carlo
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Visiting Arona, but can't find much information.

by jmsgirl

Hello! My fiance and I are spending one night and day in Arona, Italy. I cannot find much information about the city on the Internet or on Virtual Tourist. Does anyone have any suggestions for sightseeing or things to do in Arona?

Re: Visiting Arona, but can't find much information.

by mccalpin

I don't suppose you read Italian? The city's tourism portal is at
but it's only in Italian.

On the left, you have links for "Cosa vedere" (what to see), "Percorsi" (generally, foot routes for things to see - in this case, the city center and along the lake), and "Le Chiese" (the churches)...

You can try some of the translation software in the Web (although I'm not too crazy about them), or you can send me a large amount of money in small unmarked bills, and I'll give you the real translation ;-)

If I find stuff in English, I'll let you know...


Re: Visiting Arona, but can't find much information.

by Manara

I have been in that area several times (the last was just a couple of weeks ago), but I always just passed by Arona to go to other destinations by the lake.
The most famous landmark in Arona is the giant statue of San Carlo Borromeo: it is a copper statue of about 80 feet, on a pedestal of about 40. It is empty inside and you can go into it to climb the stairs to the top. People call it colloquially "San Carlone".
In Arona there are also a couple of churches from the 15th and 16th century. Exploring Arona can fill a half day. For the afternoon I would recommend a boat trip to the Isola Bella, the "pearl of the lake". The public boats that go from Arona to this island are not frequent, but you could go there with the boat leaving at 1.25 pm, arriving at 2.35, visit the island, its palace and the gardens and get back with the 5.00 pm boat, which arrives in Arona at 18.20. The boats are nice and spacious and have a bar, a return ticket should cost about 10 euro. The views in these boat trips are spectacular.

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Sacro Monte

by croisbeauty

Sacro Monte is an imposing group of religuois buildings dedicated to the memory of the saint Carlo Borromeo. The plans were made to build a church and fifteenth chapels with statues and paintings, inspired by Sacri Monti of Varallo Sesia and Orta. Sacro Monte of Arona is known, however, as the Unfinished for lack of money. Instead of the fifteen estimated chapels, there are only three of them.
The Church of San Carlo still stands on the hill, containing some nice works of art. "Camera dei tre laghi" (room of the three lakes) is of particular interest. It is faithful reproduction of the room in the fortress where the Saint was born.


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