• Art & Culture
    • Lakes

Vezio Castle

Ancient medieval fortress overlooking Varenna, surrounded by a centuries-old olive grove, with a breathtaking view over Lake Como.

Where
Castello di Vezio
via del Castellano, 6 Perledo (LC)
Contacts
+39 348 8242504 / +39 333 4485975
Official site

Atop the promontory overlooking Varenna in a strategic position controlling the central area of Lake Como is Vezio Castle, a fortress that in medieval times enclosed the village of Varenna with two long walls that reached the lake.

This ancient military outpost probably dates before the Roman times.
Today it's possible to visit the gardens, the dungeons of the First World War and the defensive walls. It's also possible to walk up the watchtower that hosts a permanent exibition on the Lariosauro, to enjoy a 360° view of the lake.

The Castle is reachable on foot after a 30/40 minutes walk from the center of Varenna or by car following the Via per Esino (15 minutes). The Castle hosts a falconry with diurnal and nocturnal birds of prey. With good weather, their training is usually held in the garden of the castle, allowing visitors to take pictures, see the birds up close and hear the history of falconry, its modern use, and information on the birds’ biology and training. The birds of prey can be seen in the garden on the days in which demonstrations are held, after which they are put inside their night shelters.


Opening hours

June, July and August: Monday - Friday from 10.00 am to 07.00pm;
Saturday - Sunday 10.00 am to 08.00 pm  
September: Monday- Friday from 10.00 am to 06.00 pm;
Saturday - Sunday 10.00 am to 07.00 pm  
October: Monday - Friday from 10.00 am to 07.00pm;
Saturday - Sunday 10.00 am to 06.00 pm  

Closed in case of bad weather. Animals not allowed. Admission charge. 

Take me here: Vezio Castle

Places

Villa Monastero

Villa Monastero is one of Varenna’s best-known landmarks. It's now a museum showcasing a collection of items left by its owners
  • Art & Culture
Villa Monastero, Varenna
168 mt

Ornithology and Natural Science Civic Museum "Luigi Scanagatta"

Ornithology and Natural Science Civic Museum "Luigi Scanagatta"
204 mt

Villa Cipressi

  • Parks
Villa Cipressi Varenna
209 mt

Village of Varenna

The Village of Varenna is divided into a grid of streets that steeply slope down towards Lake Como.
  • Villages
Village of Varenna
248 mt

Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie

  • Art & Culture
Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie
256 mt

Church of San Giovanni Battista

Discover the oldest church in Varenna, one of the first built on Lake Como when Christianity was beginning to spread.
  • Art & Culture
Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista Varenna
256 mt

Church of San Giorgio

  • Art & Culture
Chiesa di San Giorgio Varenna
282 mt

Fiumelatte

In Varenna, discover the shortest river of Italy and visit its source surrounded by nature.
  • Active & Green
Fiumelatte Varenna
1.85 km

Villa serbelloni

In the village of Bellagio, "the pearl of Lake Como", is home to one of the most evocative historical residences of the Lario
  • Art & Culture
Villa Serbelloni
3.14 km

Lido of Lake Como

Relax and comfort on Lake Como during the summer
  • Lakes
lettino lido lago como
3.46 km

Orrido di Bellano

The strength of the nature sculpts the rocks
  • Active & Green
orrido bellano lago como
3.8 km

Walking tour through Menaggio

Historical itinerary along the main sites of the town
  • Art & Culture
Piazza Garibaldi
3.83 km

Church of S. Marta

  • Art & Culture
Church of S. Marta
3.85 km

Centre and lakeside of Menaggio

  • Villages
Centre and lakeside of Menaggio
3.86 km

Il Rogolone

The big oak tree
Il Rogolone
3.88 km

Monument to the silk weaver

  • Art & Culture
Monumento alla Tessitrice
3.88 km

Itinerario a quiz per Menaggio

  • Art & Culture
medieval sculpture
3.88 km

Villa mylius vigoni

Rich of suggestions, memories and ancient trees, the park of Villa Vigoni is one of the best preserved romantic gardens in Lombardy
  • Art & Culture
Villa Mylius Vigoni
3.88 km

Parish church of S. Stefano

  • Art & Culture
S. Stefano
3.94 km

Bellano

Bellano offers a lot of historical and cultural attractions and is also an excellent starting point for excursions.
  • Lakes
Bellano_panorama_da_sud_foto di Carlo Borlenghi
3.95 km

Activities

Cruise & Dinner from Varenna

  • Lakes
Cruise & Dinner from Varenna
286 mt

Villas and Flavors of Lake Como

  • Lakes
Villas and Flavors of Lake Como
450 mt

Let's taste Como Lake

  • Food & Wine
Let's taste Como Lake
2.39 km

Bellagio Travel Guide: the complete guide

  • Art & Culture
Bellagio Travel Guide: the complete guide
3.25 km

Bellagio, the pearl of lake Como

  • Art & Culture
Bellagio, the pearl of lake Como
3.46 km

E-bike Tour with Lunch in Valsolda, Lake Lugano

  • Active & Green
E-bike Tour with Lunch in Valsolda, Lake Lugano
5.88 km

Tour Menaggio's Most Magical Lake Views in E-bike

  • Active & Green
Tour Menaggio's Most Magical Lake Views in E-bike
5.88 km

E-bike Tour of Three Lakes and Idyllic Mountain Life

  • Active & Green
E-bike Tour of Three Lakes and Idyllic Mountain Life
5.88 km

E-bike Classic Lake Como Villages with a Local Touch

  • Active & Green
E-bike Classic Lake Como Villages with a Local Touch
5.88 km

The Devil's Bridge

  • Active & Green
The Devil's Bridge
10.37 km

Cook with us - Lake Como

  • Food & Wine
Cook with us - Lake Como
11.23 km

In the footsteps of Leonardo walking along Lake Como

  • Active & Green
In the footsteps of Leonardo walking along Lake Como
13.33 km

Where to sleep

EREMO GAUDIO

Perledo
EREMO GAUDIO
2 mt

CAV CASA VISTA CIPRESSI - AZ SRL

Varenna
CAV CASA VISTA CIPRESSI - AZ SRL
201 mt

CAV VARENNA GUEST HOUSE DI ENRICO PAOLO BERETTA

Varenna
CAV VARENNA GUEST HOUSE  DI ENRICO PAOLO BERETTA
220 mt

CASTELLO DI VEZIO

Perledo
CASTELLO DI VEZIO
291 mt

CAV IL GIARDINO DI ALICE - VARENNA HOLIDAYS

Varenna
CAV IL GIARDINO DI ALICE - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
434 mt

CAV VILLA FIORELLA DEPENDANCE - VARENNA HOLIDAYS

Perledo
CAV VILLA FIORELLA DEPENDANCE - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
540 mt

AGRITURISMO CONCA SANDRA

Perledo
AGRITURISMO CONCA SANDRA
574 mt

CAV VISTA D'ORO OLEANDRO C8

Perledo
CAV VISTA D'ORO OLEANDRO C8
787 mt

CAV APPARTAMENTO D17

Perledo
CAV APPARTAMENTO D17
787 mt

CAV VISTA D'ORO OLEANDRO C11

Perledo
CAV VISTA D'ORO OLEANDRO C11
787 mt

CAV VISTA D'ORO PALMA A7

Perledo
CAV VISTA D'ORO PALMA A7
787 mt

CAV VISTA D'ORO MIMOSA B6

Perledo
CAV VISTA D'ORO MIMOSA B6
787 mt

CAV DI CLEANBNB SPA

Perledo
CAV DI CLEANBNB SPA
1.08 km

CAV RED SUNSET HOUSE - AZ SRL

Varenna
CAV RED SUNSET HOUSE - AZ SRL
1.49 km

LOCANDA CROTTO DI GITTANA

Perledo
LOCANDA CROTTO DI GITTANA
1.73 km

CAV LACUM LUX RESORT

Perledo
CAV LACUM LUX RESORT
1.88 km

C.A.V. LA PUNTA

Bellagio
C.A.V. LA PUNTA
2.88 km

C.A.V. IL CENTRO - HOLIDAY APARTMENTS S.R.L.

Bellagio
C.A.V. IL CENTRO - HOLIDAY APARTMENTS S.R.L.
3.23 km

CAV VILLA STUPENDA AND APARTAMENTS

Bellano
CAV VILLA STUPENDA AND APARTAMENTS
3.45 km

C.A.V. BELVEDERE - HOTEL BELVEDERE S.R.L.

Bellagio
C.A.V. BELVEDERE - HOTEL BELVEDERE S.R.L.
3.6 km