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An art and food tour close to Arona, on lake Maggiore

Stresa, IT
Stresa, IT
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Experience the captivating beauty and history of Arona on an exclusive art and food tour close to Lake Maggiore. Begin your journey in the charming center of Arona, where you will be guided to the hill to visit the awe-inspiring bronze statue dedicated to Carlo Borromeo, the future saint and bishop of Milan. From the statue's vantage point, enjoy breathtaking views of the lake. Afterward, indulge in a full tasting of local wines and delicious varieties of cheese at a nearby seasoning cellar. Immerse yourself in the world of art and taste as you explore the rich heritage and flavors of this picturesque region. This tour promises a day filled with art, culture, and gastronomy, offering an unforgettable experience for all travelers.

About this experience

  • Non Refundable There is no return, refund or cancellation possible with this product
  • Admission Included
  • 4 hours
  • Suitable for 2-6 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Visit the stunning statue of St. Carlo Borromeo
  • Enjoy a breathtaking view of Lake Maggiore
  • Taste local delicious varieties of cheese
  • Discover the charming center of Arona
  • Experience a day of art and taste
  • Private transportation
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Qualified private guide
  • A guided visit to a cheese seasoning cellar
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities

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Introduction

Experience the perfect blend of art and food with this exclusive tour near Arona, on the picturesque shores of Lake Maggiore. Immerse yourself in the rich history of this charming town as you discover its fascinating connection to the renowned Statue of Liberty in New York. This tour will take you on a journey from the enchanting center of Arona to the hilltop where the magnificent statue stands, offering a breathtaking view of the lake from its eyes. Indulge in a full tasting of exquisite local wines and delicious varieties of cheese at a nearby seasoning cellar, adding a culinary dimension to your day of art and culture.

What to expect?

During this four-hour tour, you can expect to delve into the cultural heritage of Arona and its ties to St. Carlo Borromeo, a revered figure. Explore the historic center of town where you'll find notable landmarks such as Piazza del Popolo and the Renaissance-style church of St Mary's Collegiata. Visit the colossal bronze statue dedicated to St. Carlo Borromeo and ascend to the top for an unparalleled panoramic view of Lake Maggiore. Finally, indulge your taste buds with a delightful wine tasting experience accompanied by locally-sourced, mouthwatering cheese varieties at a traditional seasoning cellar.

Who is this for?

This tour is perfect for art enthusiasts, history buffs, and food lovers alike. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or a curious explorer, this experience offers a unique blend of cultural discovery and culinary delights. The tour is suitable for individuals, couples, or small groups looking to immerse themselves in the fascinating history of Arona and indulge in the flavors of the region.

Why book this?

Embark on this exclusive tour to uncover the captivating history of Arona and its significant contribution to world-renowned art. Stand in awe before the impressive bronze statue that served as inspiration for the iconic Statue of Liberty. Ascend the statue and witness the stunning panorama of Lake Maggiore from a truly unique perspective. The journey continues as you savor the finest local wines and taste a variety of exquisite cheeses, showcasing the gastronomic delights of the region. This experience seamlessly blends art, culture, and culinary exploration, promising an unforgettable day of discovery.

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As you explore Arona, wear comfortable shoes to roam the cobblestone streets and fully enjoy the historic sites. Don't forget your camera to capture the stunning views from the statue's elevated position. The wine tasting experience offers a selection of carefully curated local wines that perfectly complement the delicious regional cheeses. Our knowledgeable guides will provide insightful commentary, enriching your understanding of the town's history and the significance of the statue.

Reviews

Travelers who have embarked on this tour have been enthralled by the seamless combination of art, culture, and gastronomy. They describe the visit to the bronze statue as awe-inspiring, offering not only visual delight but also a unique vantage point to admire the beauty of Lake Maggiore. The wine tasting experience delighted their senses, allowing them to sample the delicious flavors of the region while learning about the local traditions and craftsmanship. Overall, visitors praise this tour as a truly immersive and unforgettable experience that unveils the hidden gems of Arona and its rich artistic heritage.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

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Your Itinerary

Stresa

(Pass by)

This small town, standing on the Western coast of Lake Maggiore in the so-called Borromea Gulf, is one of the most visited touristic sites of entire Piemonte. Its territory includes three of the four Borromean Islands: Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Isola Superiora, also named Isola dei Pescatori. The first recorded file about the town is dated 998, but even in the Roman age, the way leading from Milan to the Sempione pass ran by this site.

Arona

The area where Arona stands was probably inhabited since the Prehistoric Age, even though the first documents describing the town date back to the half of the 10th century and an important ROman way, leading from Milan to Sempione pass, ran by here. During the Renaissance, Arona was dominated by the Borromeo family, then by the Sforza family; later on, after having been ruled by the Spanish and then the Austrians - as well as the whole Duchy of Milan, it was ceased to the Savoia realm. The town centre features Piazza del Popolo, famous for its 15th century Broletto, and the church of St Mary’s Collegiata, where the well-known Renaissance-style polyptych by Gaudenzio Ferrari (1511) is kept.

Statue of San Carlone

This gigantic bronze statue, standing close to Arona, is dedicated to St. Carlo Borromeo, born in this town in 1538 and later Bishop of Milan. It was built between 1624 and 1698. With its 23 metres-height, it stood as the highest hollow statue of the world, until the construction f the Statue of Liberty in New York. Reaching the inner top allows the visitors to enjoy a view of the lake from the statue eyes.

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2024-07-21 20:27