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Rocca di Angera

Via Rocca Castello 2, 21021 Angera, Italy
+39 0331 931300
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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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Via Rocca Castello 2, 21021 Angera, Italy
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am not a fan of Castles but i was impressed by this one.. We ended up staying more than 3 hours there, admiring the amazing view, the incredible gardens, and the cute café with the great terasse overlooking at the lake.. The place stole...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Castle car park is free. You get magnificent views from the highest level of the castle over Lago Maggiore. The Hall is richly decorated with frescos. Beautiful old wine press near the entrance. Dolls collection on the ground floor. Beautiful small walled herb garden to...More

Thank Jan K
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our last castle visit for this trip and so glad we came. Positioned on the hill with commanding views of the town, Lago Maggiore and the Alps. Best to have a few hours up your sleeve to view all that is on offer. There is...More

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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

We visited today and was not disappointed, under 6s are free, so only had to pay for us two. The views are stunning, the castle is beautiful, we witnessed a school trip whilst there, & even though we didn’t understand any of it, our son...More

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Reviewed 21 September 2017

It's a bit of a climb, especially after an Italian lunch, but worth it. It is in excellent condition, and you can climb right up to the top of the tower, passing by some fabulous frescos. There's a toy and doll exhibition too; the toys...More

Thank breva2011
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Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

We visited with friends and our almost 2 year old son. It's a beautiful castle with fine views over the lake. It takes about an hour to explore with great views from the top. Not much furniture in the rooms but they are huge and...More

Thank HugeHugh
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Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

We visited this castle on the shores of Lago Maggiore and thoroughly enjoyed it. There is a toy and doll museum within the castle. There is a gift shop and restaurant located in the castle. You can climb all the way to the top most...More

Thank Holtem
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Reviewed 29 July 2017

Not sure what I expected but for the 9e50c entrance fee I expected more. The layout is very haphazard and there's no logical route round the exhibits/rooms. The dolls collection is interesting if you like that sort of thing and I quite liked the exhibition...More

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Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

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...More

2  Thank Oxana R
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Reviewed 17 July 2017

the castle elegantly overviews the lake and the town of Angera from the nearby hill. you can walk there or drive, i preferred to drive and i am grateful i did that. there is a medium size parking place just near the entrance. the views...More

1  Thank Florin_Petrescu
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mazie
25 July 2017|
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Response from arthurH62 | Reviewed this property |
From the ferry port, be aware it is only for pasengers. no cars.., to the Rocca it is only a 10 minutes walk. and if you are coming from angera, it is really worth goning (with the ferry) to the opposite town of Arona..
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