The little town of Arona rises on the banks of Lake Maggiore. Thanks to it’s location it is easily reachable from Milan so it represents an ideal place to go for a day out.

Arona has several attractions and one of them is the villas. I suggest to whoever likes art to spend a visit at Villa Ponti. An elegant villa, where Napoleon stayed at the end of his Egyptian campaign. The villa was build in 1760 by a rich merchant, the engineer Gian Giacomo Ponti, born here in 1878 and become famous for being assistant to Thomas Edison and founder of STIPEL.

Sculpture at  Villa PontiToday Villa Ponti is the setting of many art exhibitions and cultural events, classical music concerts and important conventions and meetings.

Its rooms are extraordinarily elegant and also it’s façade in piedmont baroque style. This unique setting is even more enchanted thanks to the surroundings of a large park of over 5,000 m2 with ancient beeches, silver cedars, magnolias, azaleas and rhododendrons

Villa Cantoni is certainly one of the most sumptuous and elegant villas of the area, thanks to the many exotic plants embellishing its vast and beautiful garden and the beautiful frescoed rooms.

The third villa that I would like to mention is Villa Zuccoli, built on the foundations of a pre-existing 17th-century convent. It is located in the hilly area and enjoys an enviable view overlooking the lake. The park has rich vegetation and the cluster pine, which rises its twisting shape and its special perfume, reminds you of the seaside.

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