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.



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

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C. G. (8 months ago)
Horrible people run this place. I would not want to give them any money. We went there with our kids, a baby and a toddler. The staff threatened us because we couldn't get out of the place as fast as they wanted us. We had children with us!!! Unbelievable! It really was a police matter, but who wants that on their holidays. Unbelievable! Update: I had not looked at previous bad reviews and the ridiculous answers by the owner. So now I am not surprised. The first communication to us was literally: "I am closing now, I will lock you in. You can call the police. I don't care!" You can not treat people that way and think we will be nice.
Semina Efstratiou (8 months ago)
Amazing view, only 5€ entrance! Google maps has the long way there, but there is a tiny(kinda scary) path there if you follow the road signs.
Cristian Trombetta (10 months ago)
Amazing place. Minus one star since they do not accept dogs. While it is true that they can disturb the local birds but keeping them to the leash should not be a problem
Axel Wretman (11 months ago)
One of the best preserved castles in the area that is so old. Plenty of interesting historical tidbits to read about.
Patrick Suhner (2 years ago)
Very beautiful old castle (ruins). Entrance ticket (adult : 4 euros) also includes viewpoint and WW I bunker. Therefore correct price. Even in covid period, waiting time to get on top of tower is reasonable and you still feel secure. To visit if you stay in the region.
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