Castello di Vezio is a castle located nearby Varenna and Perledo. Characterized in the main tower by square merlons, similar to Cly Castle in Aosta Valley, it commands the Lake Como. It was once connected by walls to the village of Varenna below.

The castle was built in the late 11th-early 12th century and was restored several times in the following centuries. In the late 19th century and in 1956 remains of tombs from the Iron Age, as well as weapons and armors were found in the area.

The Castle also had dungeons built during the First World War, as part of the so-called linea Cadorna. It currently houses gardens and a group of birds of prey, raised by a local falconer.

It became open to the public in 1999. The tower houses a permanent exhibition dedicated to Lariosaurus, an extinct sea reptile from the Middle Triassic period, which takes its name from the lake after its discover in Perledo in 1830.



Your name

Website (optional)


Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

More Information


4.5/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Féréol M (15 months ago)
Very beautiful place, the walk from the village to the castle is wonderful. The sunrise in the castle and the sight over the lake are amazing.
Lois Bosatta (16 months ago)
Incredible views from here! Well worth going up and the small entry price. Sweet bird of prey display too.
Sarah Wannis (16 months ago)
People keep talking about this big journey up to the castle its not bad at all actually a very cute walk up met some nice local Nona’s on the way that even gave me a short cut. I love birds of prey and was super excited to visit. Problem was we didn’t keep in mind the times it closes. Anyway I did the climb got there 15 minutes before closing and was refused in the girl that worked there was pretty rude about it which was unnecessary. Lol still so sad! I will try again next time.
Jacob Denney (16 months ago)
I walked up hill 3kms to get to the top. The view of the lake was worth every second of walk. The castle wad incredible and the small bird exhibit was interesting
Anna Datchuk (16 months ago)
Definitely worth visiting! Amazing views. But check the schedule at the website before you go.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Externsteine Stones

The Externsteine (Extern stones) is a distinctive sandstone rock formation located in the Teutoburg Forest, near the town of Horn-Bad Meinberg. The formation is a tor consisting of several tall, narrow columns of rock which rise abruptly from the surrounding wooded hills. Archaeological excavations have yielded some Upper Paleolithic stone tools dating to about 10,700 BC from 9,600 BC.

In a popular tradition going back to an idea proposed to Hermann Hamelmann in 1564, the Externsteine are identified as a sacred site of the pagan Saxons, and the location of the Irminsul (sacral pillar-like object in German paganism) idol reportedly destroyed by Charlemagne; there is however no archaeological evidence that would confirm the site's use during the relevant period.

The stones were used as the site of a hermitage in the Middle Ages, and by at least the high medieval period were the site of a Christian chapel. The Externsteine relief is a medieval depiction of the Descent from the Cross. It remains controversial whether the site was already used for Christian worship in the 8th to early 10th centuries.

The Externsteine gained prominence when Völkisch and nationalistic scholars took an interest in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This interest peaked under the Nazi regime, when the Externsteine became a focus of nazi propaganda. Today, they remain a popular tourist destination and also continue to attract Neo-Pagans and Neo-Nazis.