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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Féréol M (17 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 (18 months ago)
Incredible views from here! Well worth going up and the small entry price. Sweet bird of prey display too.
Sarah Wannis (18 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 (18 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 (18 months ago)
Definitely worth visiting! Amazing views. But check the schedule at the website before you go.
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