The sweet flavour of tradition!
Corso Cavour, 15
28041 Arona (NO) - Italy
How to find us
From Milan: motorway A8 direction Laghi, exit Castelletto Ticino, keep left in the direction of Arona, after the sign "Arona”, keep right towards the town centre.
From Genoa/Turin: motorway A26 direction Gravellona, exit Arona, keep right in the direction of Arona town centre.
Distances in kilometres
60 Km from Milan
120 Km from Turin
20 Km from Malpensa international airport
Arona and Lake Maggiore
The main attraction for visitors who come to the town of Arona, on the shore of Lake Maggiore, is the statue of San Carlo [St. Charles] Borromeo, known as the Sancarlone, which stands on the hill behind the town; this is a place of great historic and religious interest, and also a spectacular viewpoint due to its location overlooking the lake.
The construction of the statue of San Carlone began in 1614, following the canonization of the saint, but the work progressed slowly due to various wars, famines and plague epidemics.
The huge bronze and copper statue was designed by the artist Giovan Battista Crespi, known as “il Cerano”, but was erected by the sculptors Siro Zanella of Pavia and Bernardo Falconi of Lugano. Construction of the statue was completed in 1698, after 84 years of work.
The statue is 23.40 metres high and it stands on a granite pedestal 11.70 metres high.
With a total height of 35.10 metres, it is second in height to the Statue of Liberty; from the top, there is a magnificent view of Lake Maggiore.
Our “Amaret dal San Carlon” (local dialect name) are named after this famous monument.
The town of Arona features a romantic lakeside promenade and ancient square (Piazza del Popolo), surrounded by a Gothic portico with six arches, the old harbour, the church of Santa Marta, and Corso Cavour, the main shopping street leading into the old town centre. Arona also offers plenty of green open spaces, including the Lagoni di Mercurago nature park where you can take a relaxing stroll or a step back into history, following the archaeological trail.
You can admire a magnificent view from the green park around the ruins of the Fortress of Arona, a medieval fortification and birthplace of San Carlo, dismantled around 1800 by Napoleon. After a recent new layout, in 2011 the area was re-opened to the public and is now a venue for numerous concerts and events in the summer.
The lake offers many beauty spots and, starting from Arona, the Gestione Governativa Navigazione Laghi [public ferry service] offers numerous excursions, including the Borromean Islands opposite the town of Stresa, Villa Taranto with its botanic garden in Verbania, the hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso falling sheer to the lake on the Lombardy side, and also trips over the border into Switzerland.
Come to the beautiful historic town of Arona and try our specialities – we look forward to seeing you!