At the center of Lake Como, on the promontory overlooking Varenna, stands, for more than a thousand years, the Castle of Vezio, an ancient military outpost of late medieval origin built to defend and control the lake and surrounding villages by the Lombard queen Teodolinda.
Located in a militarily and commercially strategic place overlooking the entire center of Lake Como and for this reason inhabited since the Iron Age, the Castle was associated in the past to the village of Varenna and connected to it by two long arms of walls that encircled it up to the lake, protecting the country and its inhabitants in the frequent wars and looting that devastated the territory throughout the Middle Ages. Partially restored in the mid-twentieth century, today the castle has a square-based watchtower, accessible by a small drawbridge and visitable up to the top, surrounded by a first quadrangular wall with a partial corner tower.
Immersed in the green of one of the northernmost olive groves in the world, thanks to the thermoregulating effect of the waters of the Lake, the Castle, open and open to visitors from March to November, occasionally hosts exhibitions of works of art of various kinds in the garden and permanently, inside the tower, an exhibition on Lariosaurus, a prehistoric marine reptile that came to light for the first time in the world a few hundred meters from the Castle. With its partially visitable basements, the statues scattered in the garden, the "ghosts" and the birds of prey of our small falconry center, the castle blends, in a context of unparalleled natural beauty, with the art, history and culture of the area and we hope it can give you a pleasant break of relaxation and harmony in contact with nature.
€ 5,00 adult.
€ 3,00 Over 65, groups (more than 12 pax), students from 7 to 18 years old.
Free for children up to 6 years old and residents of Varenna and Perledo, disabled people with escort.