The Rocca di Angera on Lake Maggiore
La Rocca di Angera it stands majestically on a rock spur that dominates the southern shore of the Lake Maggiore. In a strategic position for the control of traffic, it was the property of the Visconti family, originally from Verbano, and in the 1449 it was bought by the Borromeo, which still belongs today. Inside, an engaging path leads to the discovery of the imposing Historical Rooms, embellished by the recent staging of the Sala delle Maioliche, an extraordinary collection composed of three hundred rare pieces.
Il Doll Museum and of the Toy, the largest in Europe, amazes with its exhibition that presents the story of the doll and the game through the evolution of materials, socio-educational behavior and the links with art, costume and fashion of yesterday and today. The sought after is the frame Medieval Garden, rich in symbolic meanings, realized following careful studies on codes, period documents and images on illuminated manuscripts.
History of the Rocca di Angera on Lake Maggiore
The Historic Rooms
The spectacular Rocca di Angera is the result, perfectly harmonious, of five different buildings, built starting from the century after the year one thousand and up to the seventeenth century: the Torre Castellana, the Scaliger Wing, the Visconti Wing, the Tower of Giovanni Visconti, the Ala dei Borromeo.
It is impossible not to be surprised by the size and grandeur of this building and by the solemnity of the rooms of Buon Romano, Mythology, Ceremonies, San Carlo, Fasti Borromeo where large paintings, portraits and furnishings refer to ancient times.
Of great importance is the Hall of Justice which houses the cycle of frescoes made in the thirteenth century by an anonymous master named "Maestro di Angera". The representation narrates events related to the life of the Archbishop Ottone Visconti and in particular illustrates his victory over the Torriani in the battle of Desio of the 1227.
The Doll and Toy Museum
Founded in the 1988 by the princess Bona Borromeo Arese, the Doll and Toy Museum displays over a thousand dolls made from the 18th century to date, in the most popular and widespread materials belonging to the ancient tradition: wood, wax, papier-mache, porcelain, biscuit, composition, fabric.
Given the great quality, variety and rarity of the collection, this Museum ranks among the most important in Europe in this sector.
The exhibition is developed through twelve rooms that have been joined by separate monothematic sections: one dedicated to dolls and toys from non-European cultures, the other, to the collection of the Petit Musée du Costume de Tours, collected by Giséle Pesché, consisting of an extraordinary collection of 19th century French and German automata.
The Medieval Garden
The Rocca di Angera is progressively turning into a real "Middle Ages Interpretation Center" for enthusiasts, families and the school public. The last step of this progressive journey was represented by the project on the construction and restoration of medieval gardens.
To do this, a meticulous study was carried out on the codes and documents of the period that led first to the creation of a temporary exhibition on three main types of gardens, Il Giardino dei Principi, Il Verziere and Il Giardino delle Erbe Piccole, then to the realization of the same in the large esplanade facing towards Lake Maggiore.
Outside the Rocca, the master gardeners of the Borromeo house, have therefore initiated the realization of a project that, with the gradualness required by an initiative of this complexity, has led and will, year after year, add and complete described by those ancient codes.
In a magical alchemy of extraordinary panoramas, wide courtyards, refined halls, frescoed vaults, the medieval castle presents itself as a dream location for the organization of truly unique and unforgettable moments.
The Rocca di Angera, for the celebration of your wedding, opens its doors to its rooms that for centuries have preserved an unparalleled atmosphere: the large internal courtyard, the rustic tinaia, the splendid panoramic terrace overlooking the lake, the spectacular Sala di Giustizia with fourteenth-century frescoes, the impressive Hall of Ceremonies, the hall of San Carlo and the Sala dei Fasti Borromeo.
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