Rocca di Angera
Rocca di Angera
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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The Angera Fortress stands majestically on a spur of rock that dominates the southern shore of Lake Maggiore, on the Lombardy side. Placed in a strategic position for the oversight of movement and trade, this property initially belonged to the Visconti family and was bought by the Borromeos in 1449. It is now the perfectly harmonious result of five different buildings: the tower, or Torre Castellana, the Scaligera wing, the Viscontea wing, the Giovanni Visconti tower, the Borromeo wing. The hall of Justice is a surprising room, entirely frescoed shortly after the battle of Desio in 1277 by "Maestro di Angera", where human affairs are related to astrological influences. Founded in 1988 by Princess Bona Borromeo Arese, the Museum of Dolls and Toys shows more than one thousand pieces among dolls and toys crafted since XVIII. Outdoors, next to the ancient church, is the Medieval Garden: medicinal plants grow next to ornamental plants.
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Steve B
Petersfield, UK396 contributions
Friends
Fantastic castle. Really don’t understand why this isn’t on the hit list for Lake Maggiore. Tricky-ish to get to. From Arona the slightly erratic ferry takes 5 minutes to get across the lake. Go to the information booth behind the ferry terminal, pick up a map and get directions for a walk up. About 20-25 minutes, mostly in shade. €13 to get in. Plenty of museum items to view. Dolls, toys and other memory-jerkers. Beautiful views from the tower, in all directions. This should top the islands as a ‘go to’ place. No question.
Written August 31, 2022
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Richard R
Witham, UK45 contributions
Couples
We bought tickets to visit the garden islands from touts in sestri. We then found wed paid only for the boat not the villas and gardens.
The lady who sold us the villa tickets explained there was a third visit included. A castle owned by the family on the south east shore of the lake.
A decent drive took us to a pretty lakeside village with a beach. We parked and walked up to the castle.
Beautifully renovated this castle displayed a fabulous collection of toys.
Videos of working automatons showed these mechanical toys perfectly.
Great views lovely gardens.
A must visit. Well off the tourist track
DO GO
Written May 24, 2021
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Thank you so much for the review!
Written June 9, 2021
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MartinPilek
Bratislava, Slovakia286 contributions
It was a very good experience right from the beginning. The lady at front-desk explained us everything what we needed. She took the body temperature and checked Green Pass. We took our own pace and tour order. Nice views from top of the castle to the lake, village, vineyards and even Alps.
Magnificent garden that is well taken care of. We enjoyed this trip very much and recommending to everyone who likes history.
Written September 18, 2021
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Thank you so much Martin!
Written October 23, 2021
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Malillysr
Honolulu, HI277 contributions
Couples
When I tour a medieval castle, I expect (and want to see) a lot of old armor and weaponry and dungeons. Had I known ahead of time that this tour would have been primarily of a multi-level display of hundreds of toys, dolls and toys, I would have passed it by. What a mistake that would have been. The old dolls and toys are fascinating - and some were downright weird. You really have to see it to believe it. No matter what your interests are, you will be amazed by this castle and its wonderful museum.
Written October 4, 2014
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Philip Lawson
Godstone, UK113 contributions
Couples
We took the ferry from Arona to Angera and walked up the hill to the castle, through the charming town which had a small street market on the Saturday. We had to ask for directions, but once we got on the right road it was easy to find and takes about 20-25 minutes.

The castle itself is fascinating and we stopped for a drink on the terrace before exploring the charming gardens and then the interior. We were slightly spooked by the doll exhibition, and then explored the rest of the interior. The only slight disappointment was that although the signs to the tower encouraged one to climb up to enjoy the views, the door to the very top was padlocked shut. It would have saved some energy if this had been pre-announced at the bottom of the stairs!

A fascinating slice of history from the 13th century, very well preserved. The wine press is amazing on the way up/down and worth a look.

A quick ten minute ferry back to Arona completed a happy morning after some lunch down in the town square.
Written May 30, 2016
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Yorkslasstraveller
Wiltshire, UK210 contributions
Couples
My husband suggested this as he is interested in castles etc. I’m glad I agreed.
It’s a fair old walk from the ferry and up hill so we drove up to the ticket hut. Not a lot of parking.

10 euros each is a fair price to pay.

This is a quality tourist attraction everything including facilities and caffertteria.

Fantastic restored just a few years ago. There is a lift to a few floors but getting to the gates from ticket booth will be steep.
Lots of huge paintings some pieces of furniture but sadly the lighting ‘LED’ are too bright to see them. There are no signs but don’t get close to pictures and windows as alarms do go off.
Fantastic animatronic dolls collection very impressive and tv screens show them working. Amazing.
Beautiful garden and the cafeteria sell good quality coffee, wine and selection of snacks.

Hubby had the sea salt and rosemary Focaccia but I had the Guarnitra which had a bowl of tasty tomatoes basil oil sea salt and the capers were the best I have tasted. We both agreed mine was the best and enough to be shared. Only 1 red and 1 white glass of wine but again both excellent.

All in all a fantastic cultural day and lunch. Better to go by car!

Sorry but I forgot my husband had a L’affogato see photo. He said it’s interesting like a floatten with sprinkles of wafer on top and coffee beans.
Written June 1, 2019
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AMD319
Angera, Italy29 contributions
Friends
The castle is perfectly maintained, and therefore unique. Inside, the castle houses a doll museum, apparently well known by collectors Europe wide. But for they normal visitor it is just a nice little add on to the visit as seeing the exhibition leads you through the whole castle. Climbing all the way to the top is definately worth it: the view are spectacular.
Written January 7, 2015
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Dunworkin49
Newton Abbot, UK85 contributions
Solo
Visited this fortress as it is another Borromeo home, having been to Isola Madre and Isola Bella. You can get an ordinary ferry or a hydrofoil down the lake to Angera. Be prepared for the uphill hike from the ferry landing, not much shade on a hot day. View over the lake well worth the effort. Be sure to go right to the top of the fortress for the best views, climbing up the various ladders from the Hall of Justice (where the excellent frescoes are). If it's a wet day, this place is ideal for the Doll and Toy museum; it warrants a good inspection. Take some time to wander round the garden and then enjoy the stroll downhill back to the town. There is a cafe and small shop at the fortress, but there are lots of cafes back at lake level.
Written October 12, 2014
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Dubaitraveller
Dubai, United Arab Emirates93 contributions
Family
This beautiful old castle sits atop the rock as the name suggests and can be seen from some distance as we approached. The car park was small and fairly full but was free. It was approx 22 euros for our family and we got the tickets and started the steep ascent. Outside the castle if affords excellent views of Lago Maggiore and there is a lovely garden with fruits and vegetables and other flora.
Once inside there is a large couryard (with toilets) and then you are into the castle which has various rooms to explore which are split between exhibitions of dolls and some large oil paintings. My almost teenage boys were surprising interested in the dolla particularly the automaton display. They really loved scrambling up the steep steps to the highest rampart for the spectacular views.

Overall a good couple of hours spent though we didn't partake in the small cafe/shop which looked delightful.
Written August 10, 2019
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Oxana R
7 contributions
Family
We visited with two kids, 6 and 9 years old. We really enjoyed doll collection, which is amazing and extensive. Beautiful view of the lake from the castle. Nice garden to walk around after you've seen the castle... Parking area. The only downside of the visit was amount they charged us at cafe. Bear in mind you have to pay for the service as well. So 2 hot chocolates( small), 1 coffee and 1 piece of cake €17 !
Written July 22, 2017
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