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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Patrick Suhner (13 months 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.
AG (13 months ago)
The driving directions on Google maps are WRONG. Head up the bendy roads up the hill and follow the signs until you get to the car park. Once you're there, you only have to walk about 10 minutes to soak in the amazing scenery. Entry fee is only 4 euros.
Jules Hajjar (14 months ago)
Nice view at the top of tower, you can see eagles and owls in the area
Eddy Bellens (15 months ago)
Pay to see an old ruine of 1 tower? Or the great views at lake Como that can be seen for free from many other nice spots? Really not worth the money if you ask me.
Michael Reale (15 months ago)
We took the hike up from the parking garage at the lakeside of Varenna. Our 7 year old managed with some complaining but otherwise not too arduous, couple places where there was a sheet drop where I made sure to hold him tightly. That being said hike was absolutely worth it with breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Como, particularly Bellagio where the lake splits in two. Small Cafe at top with friendly staff and reasonable prices.
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