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Address: Piazzale San Carlo, Arona, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0322 249669
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A good bit of slightly dangerous ladder climbing for those with a head for heights!

The statue has a great view over Lake Maggiore. Most visitors get to the viewing platform which you can see in the picture. It might not be worth paying the entry fee just for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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Napa, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

It is nice to see but we did not pay to go in and climb the stairs. There were better views of Lake Maggiore and it does not cost anything.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I climbed the statue with my 10 year old boy. It is really quite claustrophobic inside and the ladder steep and even overhanging on a small section. We really enjoyed the adventure but not for anyone without a head for heights. The guardian wasn't keen to give my son a safety harness (too much work). It would be a long... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

The statue has a great view over Lake Maggiore. Most visitors get to the viewing platform which you can see in the picture. It might not be worth paying the entry fee just for this, but from there you can climb a rather precarious set of ladders inside the statue into the head where you can look out from the... More 

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Tarxien, Malta
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

It is very rare that I do this type of remarks. Really nothing special. Statue can be climbed from the inside. Great view. Beware if you are claustrophobic; to be avoided if you are!

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

The statue is very big and impressive. It is possible to climb it from the inside and to access it from the basement.

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ADELAIDE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Amazing statue....surprised at how little we knew about it....easy to find from Arona and well worth stopping here on the way around the lake

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Taranto, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

good on a nice sunshine day, quite big to see from the street...if you pay a small fee you can go on the top of it but there are no elevators so ..be prepared for many stairs! The view from upstairs is nice. I don't rememeber anything to eat exactly there, so if you have children, you better bring something... More 

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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 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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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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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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