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Statue of San Carlone

Address: Piazzale San Carlo, Arona, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0322 249669
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Ranked #2 of 13 Attractions in Arona
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Sights & Landmarks
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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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90 reviews 90 reviews
12 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This statue is indeed a colossus and it is difficult to realise how old it is. We were there on a day when it was closed but one can go up an outdoor spiral staircase at the back to get to the top of the plinth and then 85 steps up a ladder to a point where you can look... More 

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Den Haag, Nederland
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

The story of San Carlo and his family is an interesting piece of local Lago Maggiore History and legend. The view from the statue is amazing. The church across the street is small but interesting also.

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Manila, Philippines
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512 reviews 512 reviews
207 attraction reviews
266 helpful votes 266 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This colossal statue would probably not have met the approval of St. Charles himself. He was a simple man even if he was of the nobility. As a cardinal, he did his best to care for his people and to institute reforms in the Catholic Church. The statue is quite amazing because of its size. The architect of the Statue... More 

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Port-au-Prince, Ouest, Haiti
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Go see this masterpiece and learn about this great Saint. There is a church next to the statue and a small museum which tells about his important contributions as a reformer of the Church during troubled sixteenth century times. St Charles Along with St Ignatius of Loyola, St Philip Neri and others, fought against Protestant Reformation inroads. One of his... More 

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
222 helpful votes 222 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is 35m high statue. In the middle of which is hollow and has a step up to the head. You can go to the beginning of the statue where is viewing platform ( where is very nice view, you can see Lago Maggiore and castle) or to the top of the head, but from the viewing platform to the... More 

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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156 reviews 156 reviews
77 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

If you have a bit of time you can climb the internal stairs to the viewing platform and look at the view of the lake.

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Chandler, Arizona
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Worth a walk to see if you are out and about. It's a very walkable town with good views. Not exactly a 'must see', but if you're out doing a hike by the lake, shopping or heading to a restaurant it's a piece of history that adds to the visit.

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Arona, Italy
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37 reviews 37 reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

It can be challenging to climb to the top, but it is well worth your effort, if not too hot outside. Beautiful views of Lake Maggiore!!

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141 reviews 141 reviews
50 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

Nice to see, it has deep roots in the history of Lombardia and into the religious soul of this area of Italy. But the ticket is too expensive.

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Cervo, Italia
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263 reviews 263 reviews
81 attraction reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

The Colossus stands 35 metres high including the pedestal. You climb inside it via a spiral staircase with 60 steps first, then a steel ladder with 85 rungs to reach St. Charles' s head, through whose eyes you gaze dizzingly down below. Beside the eyes, there are openings through the nostrils as well, and a couple of larger windows cut... More 

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