Statue of San Carlone
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Robbo
Yallingup, Australia7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
It was a pleasant walk mostly up hill, some of the paths are loose rocks! As you come around the corner it is a surprise to see how big it is! I had a short wait to go up, where I am from u would never be allowed to climb without a harness! It’s not a big space as you climb the stairs! Coming down was definitely easier! The view was lovely as was the weather!
Written 10 June 2022
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Marcus H
Furbo, Ireland366 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
That is some statue, most impressive I have to say. It's a nice drive to it as well. And you come around the corner and next you see this enormous statue of San Carlo. Very impressive.
Written 13 November 2019
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TBBTGrace
San Francisco, CA1,083 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends

The San Carlone or “Colossus” of San Carlo Borromeo is a massive copper statue, erected between 1614 and 1698, near Arona, on Lake Maggiore, Italy. It represents Charles Borromeo, Catholic saint and former archbishop of Milan.

The statue was designed by Giovan Battista Crespi, (nicknamed Il Cerano). It was begun in 1614, soon after St Charles Borromeo's canonization. The 23.5-m statue is finished with sheets of hammered copper and joined with bolts. It stands on a granite pedestal, 11.5 metres high. The interior can be accessed by narrow stairs and ladders, allowing visitors to peer through the eyes and ears.

Maintenance through the centuries has kept the statue in good shape, however in order to visit it there’s a ticket of about $10 per person, which I think it’s worth.
Written 18 August 2019
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2mercury
Formby, UK259 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
Said to be only second in size to the Statue of Liberty in NewYork, the statue is impressive, but we thought not worth going out of your way for - pictures tell the same story.
There is an entrance fee allowing you to climb the many steps to the base and then to the viewing platform at the foot of the actual statue.
If you are passing make a visit, if not carry on th Arona and enjoy the lakeside walks.
Written 14 July 2019
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Chuck Nunez
Coquitlam, Canada117 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
It's a very nice and beautiful town where you could see the big Maggiore Lake on Italy's side which also divides Italy and Switzerland. There is a big statue of San Carlo Borromeo on top of a hill in town where you could actually enter literally inside the statue and climb up to his eyes holes level to see the view. You could also see the old castle of the noble Borromeo family which is on top of a hill located across the town proper. This is a privately owned castle and not open to the public except with authorization.
Written 22 May 2019
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Chris C
Penrith, Australia882 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
Whilst I have been to Arona many many times this was the first occasion that I made the trip up the hill to see the statue. 8 have to say it is mighty impressive. It was closed when we arrived so could not travel up to the top. Although i was told u climb a million stairs so was happy with my view from ground zero.
Very impressive sight to visit
Written 17 March 2019
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lindapbailey
West Chester, PA8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Business
Beautiful sunny October day. Walked up very pleasant. Enjoyed learning more about San Carlo. Closes between 1:00 and 2:00.
Written 5 November 2018
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Geoff S
Sandiacre, UK80 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
The Statue was the biggest in the world for a long time, it was the basis for the Statue of Liberty when the French were designing it.
Hollow inside you can climb up a ladder if your daring and have ropes attached and look out of the eyes, not for me though!
Written 19 October 2018
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tankengine12
Main Beach, Australia23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018
one of the many attractions in and around this fantastic town, but there is only one statue - that i know of - like this. there is 1 entry fee for the park and to the platform - at the feet - buy this if you are unfit or afraid of heights. the other fee - E6 - gets you to the head/ eyes - via a vertical narrow ladder - worthwhile if you're able - 2 of our group of 4 did not go up. great and highly recommended.
Written 2 October 2018
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Mary M
79 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
We walked up to the stature site from Arona. We actually started out the day in Dormelletto further along the lake and walked in total perhaps 1 and a half hours. I think maybe 40 mins from centre of Arona. Fairly steep in places but a nice walk with fantastic views of the lake.

Site around statue is interesting too, church has an exhibition with the history of the restoration.

On the day we visited we could only get onto the terrace - not into the statue itself which was disappointing but still an interesting attraction.
Written 2 October 2018
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