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Statue of San Carlone

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Statue of San Carlone

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Marcus H wrote a review Nov 2019
Furbo, Ireland381 contributions134 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: November 2019
TBBTGrace wrote a review Aug 2019
San Francisco, California657 contributions2,291 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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2mercury wrote a review Jul 2019
Formby, United Kingdom259 contributions141 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: June 2019
Chuck Nunez wrote a review May 2019
Coquitlam, Canada122 contributions27 helpful votes
It's a very nice and beautiful town where you could see the big Maggiore Lake on Italy's side which also divides Italy and Switzerland. There is a big statue of San Carlo Borromeo on top of a hill in town where you could actually enter literally inside the statue and climb up to his eyes holes level to see the view. You could also see the old castle of the noble Borromeo family which is on top of a hill located across the town proper. This is a privately owned castle and not open to the public except with authorization.
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Date of experience: May 2019
Chris C wrote a review Mar 2019
Penrith, Australia947 contributions260 helpful votes
Whilst I have been to Arona many many times this was the first occasion that I made the trip up the hill to see the statue. 8 have to say it is mighty impressive. It was closed when we arrived so could not travel up to the top. Although i was told u climb a million stairs so was happy with my view from ground zero. Very impressive sight to visit
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Date of experience: March 2019
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