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Rocca di Angera, Angera

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The Rocca Borromeo di Angera, or Rocca d'Angera, also called Borromeo Castle, is a castle that stands on a lakeside hilltop in the limits of the town of Angera in the Province of Varese on the Southern shores of Lago Maggiore. It is visible from across the lake from Arona, where originally stood another castle formerly owned by the Borromeo family.Before 1227, the castle belonged to the Della Torre family, who lost the possession to the Visconti after the Battle of Desio (1277). In 1449, it passed into the ownership of the Borromeo family. It once belonged to the Visconti family, beginning with Bernabò Visconti and his wife, Beatrice della Scala. but it was purchased by the Borromeo family who expanded and refurbished the castle over the centuries. It still belongs to the Borromeo family. It is best known for it Hall of Justice (Sala di Giustizia) which still contains its original late 13th century depicting the victory of Ottone Visconti, archbishop of Milan, at the Battle of Desio. The castle suffered damage during bombardment in the second world war.The castle also contains a Museo della Bambola (Doll Museum), founded in 1988 by the wish of Princess Bona Borromeo Arese, and displays over a thousand dolls made between the 18th century and the present day.
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  • Good family day out. Lots and lots of dolls of different sizes, nationalities and poses. Amazing views at various levels. We had sandwiches and soft drinks at the cafeteria. They tasted good but the m...  more »
  • This is a magic place where knights and mademiselles you could see reflected in the mirrors of the castle. There is a lot of Borromeo paintings and Medieval fresco. The view on the top of the castle t...  more »
  • Great museum and castle. Take the fast ferry from Stresa if you are staying further up the lake. The walk from the ferry is fairly steep. We visited on a cool day so found the walk pleasant but can im...  more »
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  • From the tower of the Rocca you can get an amazing view of Lake Maggiore. A beautiful place to visit, don't miss it!
  • Worth visiting. Don't miss the climb to the top of the castle and a nice view in almost all directions. There is also a small shop and a bar.
  • Awesome lake view from the top of the castle. Nice museum of toys from all over the world. Especially we liked the section of the retro doll houses. We made a journey from Arona to Angera on the ferry boat, and then walked to the castle. The way is a little bit long, and all the time up, so consider it, if you are planning to go there in a hot summer day.
  • Very beautiful castle including a puppet museum. Definitely worth a visit. :) For 10€ you will get the possibility to have a perfect sight over the lake and its surroundings.
  • Doll & Toy Museum is AWESOME. My daughter, age 6, and I had a great experience walking through the castle (which is also beautiful). Dolls and toys from all over the world, including their histories. We could well have spent all day at the castle and on the grounds. Unforgettable experience.