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Angera is a town and comune located in the province of Varese, in the Lombardy region of northern Italy. In Roman times, it was an important lake port and road station. Formerly known as Anghiera, Angera received the title of city from Duke Ludovico il Moro in 1497. The town is situated on the eastern shore of Lago Maggiore.HistoryThe earliest known inhabitants of the area were hunter gatherers who made use of the cave known as the Wolf's Den, at the foot of the cliffs. By the Roman era, Angera was an important lakeside port on a trading route, but by the fourth century it was in decline, and in 411 was destroyed, along with Milan, by the Visigoths. By the eleventh century, the area had passed into the ownership of the Archbishops of Milan, and the first castle was built on a strategic site above the town. The district came under the rule of the House of Visconti in the thirteenth century, and in 1449, it was sold to the Borromeo family. It received the title of city from Duke Ludovico il Moro in 1497. Later the town was under Spanish rule for two centuries, followed by Austrian rule which lasted until 1861.
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Popular things to do in Angera

Rocca Borromeo ©
Rocca Borromeo
Duration: 2h 30 min
Distilleria Rossi d’Angera ©
Distilleria Rossi d’Angera
Duration: 30 minutes
Lungolago di Angera
Scenic Walking Area
Lungolago di Angera
Duration: 1h 30 min
Oasi della Bruschera
Oasi della Bruschera
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Angera

Safari Park ©
Safari Park Pombia
Duration: 4 hours
Lake Orta ©
Water Body
Lake Orta Orta San Giulio
Duration: 1h 30 min
Eremo di S. Caterina del Sasso ©
Religious Site
Eremo di S. Caterina del Sasso Leggiuno
Duration: 1h 30 min
Statue of San Carlone ©
Statue of San Carlone Arona
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Angera

Enoteca Savini ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Enoteca Savini
Duration: 1h 30 min
Collina di San Quirico
Hiking Trail
Collina di San Quirico
Duration: 1h 30 min
Santuario della Madonna della Riva ©
Religious Site
Santuario della Madonna della Riva
Duration: 30 minutes
Museo Civico Archeologico ©
Children’s Museum
Museo Civico Archeologico
Duration: 1h 30 min