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The Rocca di Angera is a castle or fortress which stands majestically on a spur of rock that dominates the southern shore of Lake Maggiore. In a strategic position to see the surrounding area and any approaching people, it was the property of the Visconti family, originally from Verbano, and in 1449 it was bought by the Borromeo family, to whom it still belongs today. Inside, an enthralling walkway leads around the impressive Historic Rooms, a highlight of which is the recent opening of the Sala delle Maioliche, an extraordinary collection of 300 rare pieces of majolica. The Doll and Toy Museum, the largest in Europe, amazes with its exhibition that presents the history of dolls and toys through the evolution of materials, socio-educational behavior and its links with the art, costume and fashion of yesterday and today. The refined Medieval Garden, rich in symbolic meanings, was recreated after careful research of the forms and structures of such gardens in period documents and images on illuminated manuscripts.