The town of Arona is a splendid jewel on the Piedmont shore of Lake Maggiore, in the province of Novara
From the lakeside you can enjoy poetic views of Lake Maggiore, and by boat you can reach the characteristic Borromean Islands. The old town centre is a riot of ancient palazzi, churches in a variety of styles and other places of interest such as the Archaeological and Mineralogical Museum in Piazza San Graziano. The heart of medieval Arona is Piazza del Popolo, where the Palazzo del Podestà and the baroque-style Church of Santa Marta (or Church of the Madonna di Loreto) dominate. Those who wish to combine spirituality and contact with nature can make a stop at the Sacro Monte of Arona, dedicated to St Charles Borromeo. A giant statue, the 'San Carlone', which can also be seen from the other side of the lake, is also dedicated to the archbishop of Milan. The municipality is home to the Lagoni di Mercurago Nature Park, a protected area established in 1980 and included among the 'Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps', declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.