Statue of San Carlone
Statue of San Carlone
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TBBTGrace
San Francisco, CA754 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends

The San Carlone or “Colossus” of San Carlo Borromeo is a massive copper statue, erected between 1614 and 1698, near Arona, on Lake Maggiore, Italy. It represents Charles Borromeo, Catholic saint and former archbishop of Milan.

The statue was designed by Giovan Battista Crespi, (nicknamed Il Cerano). It was begun in 1614, soon after St Charles Borromeo's canonization. The 23.5-m statue is finished with sheets of hammered copper and joined with bolts. It stands on a granite pedestal, 11.5 metres high. The interior can be accessed by narrow stairs and ladders, allowing visitors to peer through the eyes and ears.

Maintenance through the centuries has kept the statue in good shape, however in order to visit it there’s a ticket of about $10 per person, which I think it’s worth.
Written August 18, 2019
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Janet M
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May 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 eyes, ears and nose (or wave from the nose if you are trying to entertain a 10 year old!). We went on a fairly quiet day - I imagine that it could get a bit chaotic climbing and descending the ladders on a busy day, although there is an attendant who controls access. I also suspect that it could get very hot inside the statue in the height of summer as it was pretty warm in even May.
Written June 2, 2015
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Nina
Ljubljana, Slovenia256 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
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 head are not steps but ladder and you can look throw the Carlos eyes and nose.
Written August 17, 2014
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Daniela V
Cervo, Italia1,718 contributions
Oct 2013 • Friends
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 in the cowl at the rear of the statue, looking over the fabulous lake. It can become claustrophobic inside, given the narrowness of the passage, but it is well-worth the experience
Written October 15, 2013
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2mercury
Formby, UK270 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
Said to be only second in size to the Statue of Liberty in NewYork, the statue is impressive, but we thought not worth going out of your way for - pictures tell the same story.
There is an entrance fee allowing you to climb the many steps to the base and then to the viewing platform at the foot of the actual statue.
If you are passing make a visit, if not carry on th Arona and enjoy the lakeside walks.
Written July 14, 2019
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Libranthor
Bengaluru, India57 contributions
Apr 2018 • Solo
The statue along with its pedestal stands over 35 m tall. The statue is plated with Copper sheets on the outside. This is located near the bank of Lake Maggiore near Arona. This was the tallest statue till the statue of Liberty overtook it. The designer of the statue of liberty studied this statue before commencing work on the statue of liberty. One can reach the statue either by road or by foot from Arona. You also get a great view of the Lake Maggiore en route to this monument.
Written April 25, 2018
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nnmercman
Camberley, UK13,823 contributions
Jul 2017 • Solo
The statue is situated on a hill a couple of km outside the main town of Arona, there's plenty of parking (50c per hour which should be sufficient for your visit), tourist tat stalls at entrance and bar/cafe opposite overlooking the lake. A joint gardens/statue ticket is 6e (including English brochure) and entitles you to climb to the half way balcony and/or inside to the statue head - initial external spiral staircase is an easy climb (60 steps) but the second half to top is not for faint hearted as not only is it vertical but the steps (85) and vertical handrail is metal and slippery - plus if you're claustrophobic don't even consider as the view from the top is minimal as you probably get better views from the 360degree balcony. There's also a large garden area with picnic tables and toilets.

The statue dates back to 1698 and commemorates San Carlo Borromeo who was proclaimed a Saint just 25yrs after his death at age 46 in 1584.
Written July 9, 2017
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lakegirl48
Arbroath, UK552 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
We climbed up the inside of this stunning statue some years ago. Now the heat, and advancing years (!), made us think twice about repeating the experience! But I recommend the climb for the chance of looking out of the eyes of the statue on to the beautiful Lake Maggiore. This year our hotel was close to the base of the statue and we enjoyed a walk around the base in the sunshine, watching other people buy their tickets for the visit. Did you know that Bartholdi, who designed the Statue of Liberty, studied this statue in his research?
Written September 28, 2015
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AlaFly
Biella327 contributions
Jul 2012
The colossus of San Carlone or SanCarlùn (San Carlo Borromeo) is quite impressive with his 30 meters high. But the really fun is that you can go inside and climb a little spiral staircase and reach the top where enjoy a beautiful view ot Lake Maggiore. (Not for people who suffer from claustrophobia)
Written September 16, 2012
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Marcus H
Furbo, Ireland379 contributions
Nov 2019
That is some statue, most impressive I have to say. It's a nice drive to it as well. And you come around the corner and next you see this enormous statue of San Carlo. Very impressive.
Written November 13, 2019
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