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A classic waterfront town on Lake Maggiore

On the southern shore of Lake Maggiore, Arona has all the must-haves of a town on the Italian Lakes: beautiful Italian buildings, a lovely waterfront promenade, and plenty of authentic trattorie. Here you'll also find one of the tallest statues in the world, the remarkable Sancarlone, depicting the Catholic saint Charles Borromeo. It stands 35 metres tall and is hollow, so you can climb inside the statue and look out through Charles’s eyes.
 
The waterfront promenade in Arona is smooth and wide, ideal for leisurely strolls. Watch the boats coming and going and spend a while just absorbing the gorgeous views. For a view from a higher vantage point, you could head to Parco della Rocca Borromea to admire historic castle ruins and panoramic views. Take a picnic and enjoy the grounds before returning to the town at dusk to enjoy homemade pasta in one of the trattorias. 
 

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Your Arona questions, answered

Getting to Stresa from Arona on the ferry takes less than an hour.     
 
Yes. There are guided boat tours, or you can catch a regular ferry, which takes around 90 minutes, depending on the route.   
Arona has a ferry terminal and train station, so you have good public transport options. However, hiring a car can make it easier to explore. 

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