- A private guided tour to Arona
- Amazing natural landscapes
- A private visit to a concern of cheese
- A tasting of cheese and wine
- San Carlone statue
Meeting with an English-speaking driver at Stresa or Baveno and transfer to Arona by private car/minivan. Meeting with a licensed tourist guide in order to enjoy a tour to the historical town centre, situated on the southern shore of Lake Maggiore. A pleasant panoramic walk to admire the well-known Piazza del Popolo famous for its Broletto (old Town Hall), dating back to XV century and then on to St Mary’s Collegiata, a church where the well-known Renaissance-style polyptych by Gaudenzio Ferrari (1511) is kept. Transfer by private car/minivan to the nearby hilly area dominated by “San Carlone”, a big bronze and copper statue portraying St. Charles Borromeo, archbishop of Milan (XVI century), who was born just at Arona. The sculpture was projected by Giovan Battista Crespi, nicknamed “Il Cerano”, and made during XVII century. It is 23- metre high (35-metre high with its pedestal) and tourists are allowed to climb inside it, and to reach the saint’s eyes to enjoy an unusual panoramic view over the lake. Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, who projected Miss Liberty in New York, spent some days at Arona in order to study its structure. Transfer to your last stop at “Luigi Guffanti 1876”, a leader concern for the most important Italian cheese ageing and ripening, such as Parmigiano Reggiano, Pecorino and Bitto as well as Gorgonzola and Bettelmatt, some local kinds. Guided tour to the cellars. At the end wine and cheese tasting and possibility of buying some local products. Back to Stresa or Baveno.