Vezio Castle: an ancient wonder on Lake Como

For over a millennium, the Vezio Castle has stood in the center of the wonderful Lake Como. If, therefore, it was once an important military outpost, today the Vezio Castle has become one of the most important and most loved and appreciated tourist destinations. of Lombardy.


Built during the late Middle Ages as the control and defense of Lake Como by the Lombard queen Teodolinda, the Castle of Vezio is, therefore, a more than appreciable place frequented by a multitude of tourists. Among the wonders that can be enjoyed from his visit, the one offered by the garden and its main tower, a window opening onto Lake Como, is truly spectacular.

The area, commercially and militarily strategic, was already inhabited since the Iron Age. The Vezio Castle was therefore built in a place from which you can enjoy an incredible view of Lake Como . In the past, this military structure protected the village of Varenna , also thanks to the walls that reached the lake. In this way, the Vezio Castle provided protection both to the inhabitants as well as to the town from the numerous wars and frequent looting that, throughout the Middle Ages, shook this territory.
The Vezio Castle, also thanks to a restoration carried out in the mid-twentieth century, today is certainly a tourist experience of great value . For those who go there now to visit, therefore, the structure presents itself in all its splendor. Given its beauty, this magical place hosts, occasionally informs, appreciable exhibitions of works of art in the garden, while, permanently, inside its tower.

Of particular value, then, is its watchtower which stands on a square base. The tourist who goes to visit the Castle of Vezio on Lake Como, can access it through a characteristic drawbridge. Thanks to the careful restoration, the structure can be perfectly visited up to its top.

Among the things not to be missed, there is its immersed green park , as well as the presence of an olive grove which, by virtue of the particular conditions guaranteed by the lake, turns out to be one of the most northerly in the globe. Even its basements , which can be partially visited, enhance the beauty of the Vezio Castle.

In a context of incomparable natural beauty, enriched by the presence of an interesting small falconry center and by the visit to the Lariosaurus , in conclusion, it is a tourist experience of great value, where, among other things, it is given the opportunity to admire a uncontaminated nature, as well as history, art, folklore and the many other beauties that the territory of Lake Como can so generously donate to all its visitors.

From 1 November closing at 17.00 (last admission to the Garden at 16.00; last admission to the Villa at 15.30 according to availability).

Prices and Reductions

  • Full: € 4
  • Reduced: € 3 (seniors over 65; groups over 12 people; soldiers; “Touring Club” card; “CAI” card; students with card.)
  • Children from 7 to 12 5 years: € 2
  • Annual Card: € 12
  • Free: residents of Varenna and Perledo; handicapped persons with companion; children up to 6 years.

How to get

The Vezio Castle can be easily reached by train from the Varenna / Esino Lario station along the route that goes from Milan towards Sondrio. From the station you have to follow the signs for about 20-30 minutes on foot. By car, take the SS36 in the direction of Sondrio. After Lecco, take the first exit for Abbadia Lariana and continue on the road to the lake. Once in Varenna, turn left towards the center and cross the town.

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