The Castle or Rocca Borromeo of Angera, an unusual example of a completely preserved medieval fortified building, rises on a spur of calcareous rock that has always dominated the southern part of Lake Maggiore.
This imposing construction houses items that bear
important witness to local history, which is revisited
thanks to the marvellous cycle of frescoes of the
"Sala di Giustizia" (Justice Hall) dating
from the end of the 13th century. It also has many
historical rooms, and includes the Torre Castellana,
the top of which affords magnificent panoramic views.
Also particularly worthy of mention is the seventeenth
century wine press that is housed in the wine-pressing
Some rooms house the Doll and Childrens Clothes
Museum. This is the most important collection of its
kind in Europe, and a large section is dedicated to
mechanical automatons dating from the nineteenth century,
all of which are fully functioning.
The spectacular fortress or Rocca, invites the tourist
to experience a fascinating encounter with the areas
historical events and its traditions. It is an age-old
heritage that is enhanced by the wide expanse of Lake
Maggiore, and is crowned by the incomparable beauty
of the foothills of the Alps in the foreground, and
the Alps behind.
The tower can also be reached on the regular ferry service.