Rocca di Angera
Rocca di Angera
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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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Nikolai
7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
No dogs allowed…..in a castle.
We went with the boat to Angera and walked all the way to have a look at the Castle. In Germany castles are free and for everyone. You habe to pay but thats ok Bit the fact that dogs are Not allowed in a castle is incomprehensible and makes no sence
Written 23 September 2023
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cakewithaview
Italy390 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
If you aren't used to a 30-minute walk uphill, beware, as that seems to be the only way if you don't have a car. Fortunately, we did and parked in the free car park outside the Rocca. The view of Lago Maggiore and the surrounding area from the castle is stunning and the gardens are beautifully kept. I think it might be a case of not enough signage, but, once inside, the layout seems to be a bit chaotic as you're never sure if you're going in the right direction or even if you've finished or if there's more to explore. I'm glad we went but I did come away with a feeling of discontent when, seeing as it was a scorching hot day and we'd finished the water we'd come with, I purchased two small bottles of water and was charged 5 euros, hence the title of this review :-)
Written 23 July 2023
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triptraveller
335 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Rocca di Angera is a wonderful castle visit for people of all ages !

The Doll Rooms are fantastic - and include video displays of mechanical dolls. This will appeal to all !

The historic rooms, and particularly the Sala di di Guistizia, is entirely frescoed - and worth a jouney to view.

Outside are Midieval Gardens - based on research from documents and manuscripts- that recreate original gardens.

Plus: as a service, available is an cafe with a beautiful view.

Wonderful castle - for a visit !
Written 7 July 2023
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Steve
Rovellasca, Italy2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
I have never been to a Castle with less information about the Castle. It houses lots of dolls in its exhibition and most rooms have a little information but the basics about when it was built, who lived there, its history and other interesting stories were completely missing. It's privately owned and it seems to me a little investment could make for a longer, more interesting and informed visit.
Written 26 March 2023
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Steve B
Petersfield, UK442 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • 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 31 August 2022
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Bruce Milani Gallieni
London, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
An amazing castle with a unique view of Lago Maggiore. Beautifully maintained
and still owned by the ancient Borromeo dynasty. Well worth a visit.
Written 19 August 2022
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MartinPilek
Bratislava, Slovakia306 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
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 18 September 2021
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Thank you so much Martin!
Written 23 October 2021
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Richard R
Witham, UK44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • 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 24 May 2021
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Thank you so much for the review!
Written 9 June 2021
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Mark T
DuBois, PA878 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Business
We had an organized event here. The setting is quite nice. The place is interesting...it certainly fits for a big crowd!! The food was good and the staff worked hard. Thank you!
Written 17 October 2019
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Ram C
Birmingham, UK131 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
We walked up to this castle in the very hot sun. It was worth seeing the beautiful gardens but I personally didn't enjoy the endless rooms full of dolls and more dolls. Don't get me wrong I like dolls, toys and pictures etc but the rooms were hot and endless. The views from the top of this castle were spectacular and mesmerizing. You could see some of the other islands across the beautiful lake. The restaurant gardens were also wonderful to look at, I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the kiwis growing there! Actually on the long, hot, sweaty walk up I did spy a pomegranate tree too!
Written 6 October 2019
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