"Dimora dell'Antico Porto" stands on the shore of Lake Maggiore in the oldest piazza in the town of Arona, across from the 14th century harbour, which used to be much busier than it is today; the splendid little church across from the home was built in 1592.
16th century arches and original wrought iron balconies bearing the coat of arms of the Borromeo family add to the ancient home's charm.
Our second boutique residence is called “Palazzo delle Antiche Mura” and is located next to the “Dimora dell'Antico Porto”.
In 2016, when maintenance works were being carried out on Lungolago Marconi along the lakeside route, they discovered a section of the ancient Borromeo walls which surrounded and defended Arona, as testified by a map from 1644. It was right here, at the end of the lakeside promenade, where this majestic palazzo stood sentry over the ancient piazza, almost checking up on the comings and goings; this is why it is called “Palazzo delle Antiche Mura”, or Palace of the Ancient Walls.
Its construction dates back to the mid-1500s, and it was in fact a customs checkpoint owned by the Borromeo family.
The facade is decorated with stunning columns whose stone capitals support pointed arches. To soften the impact of these arches, glass panels were inserted during restoration which give a unique sense of elegance and gracefulness.
From here you can admire the historic bar “L’Angolino” which overlooks the square and is worth exploring: inside you can admire the original barrel-vaulted ceilings and there are also two tiny, charming balconies which provide a stunning view of the lake and the castle, the Rocca d’Angera.