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c/o Villa Erba
Largo Luchino Visconti, 4
22012 Cernobbio (COMO)

© Courtesy Terre Borromeo

© Courtesy Terre Borromeo

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© Courtesy Terre Borromeo

© Courtesy Terre Borromeo

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Rocca di Angera

Angera, Varese

Giardino storico
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Coffee house & Restaurant
Partially wheelchair accessible
In the Name of the Rose

How to reach

By car
Autostrada dei Laghi - 61,5 km from Milan - exit Sesto Calende. From there, you take the strada statale 629, direction Angera, where you can find many tourism signages to lead your way.

By boat
The city of Angera can be reached with the boats of the Navigazione Lago Maggiore.
For further information call number 800 551801, or visit
On the lake are available many navigation societies offering the possibility to move at each time, for every destination.

By train
Ferrovie dello Stato, line Milano-Sempione, stop: Arona, connection with the boat to reach Angera.


The Rocca di Angera dominates the southern Lombard side of Lake Maggiore and is the perfectly harmonious result of five different buildings. Powerful architectures built between 1100 and 1600: the Castle Tower, the Scaligera Wing, the Visconti Wing (or Palazzo Ottoniano), the Giovanni Visconti Tower and the Borromeo Wing. It is impossible not to be impressed by the dimensions and power of this typical medieval fortress and by the grandiose elegance halls of the Good Roman, Gallery, the Ceremony,, Saint Charles and Borromean pomp, where immense canvases, portraits and furnishings recall to ancient times.
Do not miss the Hall of Justice, completely frescoed shortly after the battle of Desio in 1277 by an anonymous master who was named ''Master of Angera''. The frescoes in this important cycle, as well as the refined frescoed tapestries from mediaeval times, have been the subject of recent restoration work.

Inside the castle you can also visit the largest Doll and Toy Museum in Europe. Thousands of dolls, toys, robots, miniature houses from different eras and from different parts of the world have found welcoming hospitality in the ground floor spaces, populating them with intimate, tender tales of children's dreams, and the crystal clear notes of ancient music boxes.

The Scaligera Wing of the castle, reopened to the public after an important restoration work in 2018, has become a space devoted to exhibitions of contemporary art: projects of artistic creativity that take shape inside six rooms, in a stimulating dialogue between past and present.

The magnificent viewpoint on the lake is made unique by the Medieval Garden rebuilt in 2008 following a careful study based on illuminated manuscripts and period documents. A timeless place that evokes what could have been the original garden of the Rocca, where flowers and medicinal herbs follow the life cycles of nature and the seasons. An open-air museum where you can imagine what a garden was like in the Middle Ages.
Opening hours
Season 2024
  • From 16 March to 26 October: daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission) - closing Castle 6 p.m.
  • From 27 October to 3 November: daily from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. (last admission) - closing Castle at 5.00 p.m.
Adults: € 15.00
Children (6- 15 y.o.): € 10,00
Contact us
Via Rocca Castello, 2
21021 Angera (VA)

T. +39 0323 933478
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