Luogo - Museum
Museo della bambola e del giocattolo
Where Via Rocca Castello, 2, Angera (Varese)
From on high, on a buttress of chalky rock, the Rocca Borromeo di Angera imposingly dominates the extreme south end of Lake Maggiore. The medieval building houses testimony to long past epochs that are revisited in the Hall of Justice, with its admirable frescoes from the 1200s, the Historical Rooms ant the Castellana Tower, from whose top you can enjoy a panorama of rare beauty. The mounting of the colorful Collection of Majolica is recent: three hundred of the rarest pieces of Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Persian and Chinese production. The display resembles a crowded and multi-coloured tapestry: a real triumph of collector's passion, of the pleasure of research and care in details. Rocca Borromeo houses the Doll and Toys Museum, now the most important in Europe, which tells the story of toys through the evolution of materials, techniques and connections to art, customs and fashion from the 18th century to today. The collection of 19th century automated toys, in perfect functioning order, is of exceptional importance. Between the crenellated walls of the ancient castle you can admire the Medieval Garden. A privileged place for courtly love, the garden with its splendid roses, fruit trees and medicinal herbs, is the ideal place to discover the social cultural and symbolic universe of an era that has never died.