Arona Travel Guide

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    Castello Angera
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Arona Things to Do

  • Taking a "swing" about Arona

    We took time out to rest from our drive around Lake Maggiore in the town of Arona and while there did a short walk around and found as usual things of interest.The hanging bottles were an unusual way to store them so we recorded for posterity.Icecream (Gelateria) is something we always keep an eye out for and Italy has some of the best we have...

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  • Promenade in Arona

    Just a good place to go for a walk, observe the life of locals, let your children play in a lively playground, look at the boats or relax on a bench while having a lunch.

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  • Chiesa dei Santi Gioacchino e Anna

    Corso Cavour is the main street of the town centre, an splendid pedestrian precinct in which the main shopping area is located.Right at the beginning of Corso there is Chiesa di SS Gioachino e Anna, completed in the first half of the 18th century. This church hasn't any particular historical or cultural importance except for the altar-piece, work...

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  • Chiesa di San Giuseppe

    Chiesa di San Giuseppe - St. Joseph - dates back to the 17th century, but it facade was reconstructed in the 20th century. The church is worth of attention because it contains a lot of wood handiwork created by Lombard carvers. The canvas on the altar depicting the Nativity, can be attributed to the Nuvolone school.

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  • Villa Ponti

    Villa Ponti, which stands opposite to the convent Monastero della Visitazione, is the most elegant houses in the town. Nowadays it held the most prestigious art exibitions.The Villa was built in the 18th century according to Bartolomeo Pertossi's wishes. As the plaque on the building states, Gian Giacomo Ponti (1878-1939) an electronics teacher who...

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  • Palazzo Borromeo

    Palazzo Borromeo stands next o the church of Santissima Trinita. The palace is in pretty bad conditiones now but it is important as the part of St. Charles Borromeo heritage. The lintel above the portal is of particular interest, it is adorned with 1446 coat of arms of the family Borromeo, with two unicorns that are the symbol of courage under the...

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  • Chiesa di Santissima Trinita

    Via San Carlo is the main street in the high part of the town where major historic sights can be found. Chiesa di Santissima Trinita is actually divided in two parts, one is the Monastero della Visitazione, dedicated to the convent, and the other is Chiesa della SS Trinita, which is dedicated to the public.The altar-piece above the altar depicts...

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  • L'Ossario Beolchi

    The small and very beautiful chapel, situated next to the church of St. Joseph, contains the Beolchi Ossuary. The ossuary was built in 1683 and commissioned by Bartolomeo Beolco. It has grating with the form of flowers and is in wrought iron, an extraordinary example of Lombard Baroque.

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  • Il Broletto

    Piazza del Popolo, once called Piazza del Mercato, is the real heart of Arona. The central part of the suqare is occupied by ancient building which has large Gothic portico with six arches. The building is incorrectly called Broletto or minicipal hall, actually, it is ancient Hall of Justice, located here by the Visconti Family between the 14th and...

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  • Collegiata di Santa Maria

    The parrish church of Santa Maria is a building showing miscellanous styles. It was consacrated in 1488, but the inside was rebuilt in many parts in the 19th century. The Romanesque style bell tower dates back to the 12th century and is the oldest part of the church.The 16th century masterpiece "Polittico", painted by the great painter Gaudenzio...

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  • Chiesa di Santa Marta

    Piazza del Popolo, where the church of Santa Marta is situated, used to be the trading port and the seat of the town market.The church dates back to 1592 and was build in an unusual style which looks more like a palace then the church. Inside the church containing a 16th century fresco of the Madonna, which was considered a miraculous image.

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  • Chiesa di San Graziano

    The church of San Graziano is centrally positioned in the old core of the town. In its origin it was the church of the Benedictine Abbey, which dates back to the end of the fifteenth century, whereas the Baroque facade was made by the Jesuits in 1720.In its interiors the church preserves a couple of masterpieces; the high altar in marble and the...

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Arona Restaurants

  • Main square restaurant

    There is this lovely restaurant on the square shown on my pictures, which looks really beautiful and very ambiental. I haven't been there (yet!) but it seems to be an attractive place so let's see next time...

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  • "La Monnalisa"

    A VERY beautiful restaurant by the lakeside, with fascinating view and a lot of space inside. The staff is extremely kind, everything is so nicely decorated, and you get snacks and aperitive gratis. The food is delicious and it is not expensive!!! I have expected it to be quite expensive because of the location and interior, as well as the general...

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  • Art Gallery

    Actually, I was attracted with this interesting chair when passing by the art gallery shop which is located in Piazza del Popolo, right next to Broletto. It has somehow shape of an thron and is coloured with very attractive mix of colours..

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  • jewelry

    If I took this picture, and I'm NOT a jewelry fan, nor I ever look into jewelry shop windows, then you can understand that this one was extraordinary! There is wonderful jewelry of all designs, for all tastes, and the shop window is so birght and cheerful, decorated in the latest fashion that rules here in Italy - bright/neon pink and green, these...

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Arona Off The Beaten Path

  • La Rocca Borromeo di Angera

    La Rocca Borromeo (the Castle Borromeo) in Angera is one of the best preserved castles in Lombardy. Since Roman times Angera was an important lake port and trategic road station. The fortified gateway of the castle is probably a watchtower of Roman origin. The castle, as it is today, was built in the 14th century and largely rebuilt under the...

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  • Sacro Monte

    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...

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  • Il Colosso di San Carlo - Sancarlone

    Since 1439 the town of Arona was feud of the Borromeo Family, who built many civil and military buildings.Carlo Borromeo (1538-1584) was born in Arona and became Archibishop of Milano and a great reformer of Catholicism famous all over Europe.The huge statue of Carlo Borromeo, one of the highest in the world, was ordered by Cardinal Federico...

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    It was saturday morning and I had espresso in the hotel bar before departing home after spending few days on a business trip in Varese. Barmen was a nice guy and we had enjoyable conversation about "calcio". At the certain point he suggested me to visit nearby town of Arona and the castle in Angera. Well, this is story about Arona which happened...

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  • Labyrinth

    By the lakeside, on the quay, there is this charming walking passage with benches to admire the view. It is all covered with plants and makes a kind of a tunnel.

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  • The Clock Tower

    One of the buildings that quite stands out and has different features from Arona architecture is this old German clock tower, facing the lake.

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