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Address: Piazzale San Carlo, Arona, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0322 249669

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What a Colossus

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 12, 2014
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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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ADELAIDE
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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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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59 helpful votes 59 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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12 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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335 helpful votes 335 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
251 helpful votes 251 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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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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40 reviews 40 reviews
110 helpful votes 110 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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