In common with all the main towns on Lake Maggiore, Arona possesses a number of fine mansion houses with superb gardens, which were once the summer residences of their wealthy owners.
The best-known of these is undoubtedly Villa Ponti, a splendid eighteenth century Baroque mansion located in Via San Carlo not far from the fifteenth century Palazzo Borromeo.
Today Villa Ponti is a venue for art exhibitions which frequently include paintings by world masters such as Picasso and Kandinsky, and also hosts prestigious events such as conferences, receptions and classical music concerts.
By car: from the A26 motorway exit at Arona; once in the town continue in the direction of the Rocca. The Villa is in Via San Carlo (no. 57).