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

This is a really, really big bronze statue - probably around 30 metres high including the base. There's a fee to see the statue up close, although you get a good view from the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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Zwolle, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

To find the statue is easy from Arona, there are enough road signs to guide you. It takes about two-three minutes from the main road between Meina and Arona. If you're at the site you will find a parking lot at the feet of the statue. To enter the statue will cost you about 3 - 5 euro, depending the... More 

Thank raoul d
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The San Carol statue can be climbed just as the Statue of Liberty. There is fist a high balcony you reach that provides a wonderful view over lake Maggiore. But the rest of the climb is not for the faint of hearts. If you reach the top you can look out the ear and eye of the statue.

Thank Amanda G
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a really, really big bronze statue - probably around 30 metres high including the base. There's a fee to see the statue up close, although you get a good view from the adjacent piazza. If you do pay entry and feel brave, you can climb up inside to get a good view of the surrounding countryside and lakes... More 

Thank LeeStJohn
Arona, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The imposing Statue of San Carlo is one of the world's biggest statues and gives the visitor access up to the Saint's head, where the panorama is stunning.

Thank acolombo66
Milan, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

St Carlos Borromeo was born in the castle across the lake from Arona and was made a saint by Pope Paul V in 1610. This statue and park were erected in 1697 by a famous Italian sculptor Giovanni Crespi The Borromeo family is quite famous in this area on Lago Maggiore as well as the city of Milan. This site... More 

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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

Interesting. If you are on the Lago Maggiore you should stop. From the neighboring church and from the top of the statue there is a great view. It is interesting to think about Saint Charles Borromeo and his legacy after so many centuries.

Thank Francesco M
Flagstaff, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

You can buy a ticket just to the platform up 60 spiral-staircase steps, or pay a bit more to climb inside (more spiral stairs and then a REALLY steep ladder!) to peer out the saint's eyes and ears for views of Lake Maggiore. Views are great, even from the platform. Parking is really limited, and costs .50 euro per hour... More 

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Arona, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

This is so worth just walking up to from Arona and then taking the other road down. It is close, looks far and if you are unable to enter just take in the magnitude of it and the history of how it came to be in the near by church.

Thank M C
Prague, Czech Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

The trip to the statue is totally worth it. If you walk up, the way is well marked and you should have no problem finding the statue. Moreover, so many picturesque views will be offered to you while walking. The statue is enormous and if you want to climb it, be aware of the changing opening hours.

Thank AndreaPO4675WH
Paruzzaro, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

history to be seen and learnt here. nice site for scenery of the lake. some nice restaurants in the area also

Thank joannc831

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