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Statue of San Carlone, Arona
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Built in the 1600s, Statue of San Carlone is a bronze statue of San Carlo Borromeo, the archbishop of Milan from 1564 to 1584. This figure overlooks Lake Maggiore, and you can ascend stairs inside the statue to the top, where there are windows through the eyes and ears. Nearby, you can also view a small exhibit honoring Borromeo’s life. Work out when and for how long to visit Statue of San Carlone and other Arona attractions using our handy Arona itinerary builder.
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  • Veneration is a colossus built in 1600 to celebrate Saint Charles Borromeo. Bishop and great exponent of the Tridentine Reformation. The statue was unique in that when was designed there were other examples of such high statues. It is inspired by the Colossus of Rhodes. Worth the visit and the climb up to the head (5euros) not so much for the view that can be admired by other parties but especially to see the skill and ingenuity that our architects (g.b. Crespi called il Cerano) and craftsmen have been able to put into practice. Copper sheets embossed work, nailed together and anchored to a mighty central pillar. See Italian ingenuity tested on a building that stands for more than 300 years is a satisfaction. That's the spirit in which we climbed, it is obvious that the climb could not be with a comfortable lift, therefore not recommended for people suffering from claustrophobia and Vertigo is little nimble and obviously young children. Parking you could make. From the statue you can admire the impressive seminar wanted by the Borromeo x prepare future priests.
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  • see if you happen by parts of Arona or Lake. Very beautiful surrounding parkland. recommended
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  • Many are the wonders that you can see and visit the Lago Maggiore, from famous Borromean islands, beautiful gardens overlooking Lake (https://www.tripadvisor.it/ShowUserReviews-g187843-d246675-r62995567-Isole_Borromee-Lake_Maggiore_Lombardy.html # REVIEWS). But in Arona, on the South side of the Lake, there is something you don't expect to find in a vacation spot: it is the Sancarlun, the colossal bronze statue of Saint Charles Borromeo, there for over 300 years! It is 30 meters high and was commissioned by Cardinal Federico Borromeo, cousin of the Saint, in the city that gave him birth. Past the statue, was made even the Sacred Mount of Arona, a complex of Memorial chapels of Saint Charles that climb on the hill north of Arona (even if they were performed a few compared to the original project). In addition to piazza San Carlone (admission charge) there are also the Church of San Carlo and the large building that houses the seminary. Inside the sanctuary, behind the altar, the Holy House, reconstructed with original furniture. But let's get to the San Carlone. The exterior consists of beaten copper, and precisely this type of construction has inspired the construction of the statue of liberty in New York (https://www.tripadvisor.it/ShowUserReviews-g60763-d103887-r424022315-Statue_of_Liberty-New_York_City_New_York.html); the Builder was just here to study the Interior and exterior. Finally leads to the statue, of course empty inside, with a complex system of stairs. You go up first to a platform at the foot of the Saint, then you enter inside the statue: to climb into the "head" should I use a steep vertical scale, so it is not for everyone; provides a helmet to protect your head. Curious is to see the face of the Saint "in negative" on the inside. As well as see out through the holes of the eyes and nose! With your right hand blesses Arona and all populations of St. Charles Lake. Beautiful view of Lake Maggiore with well evident the fortress of Angera, on the opposite shore of the Lake. In the spring and summer months the place is easily accessible with a tourist train from the Centre of Arona. If you want you can climb with trenino and descend on foot with a long walk. Recommend to visit this monument not only to the beauty of the place, but also because it can with a small contribution to participate in the restoration of the statue, in the not too distant future as the "ailments" time you see all. Today is San Carlo: congratulations to those who bear this name!
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