The Castle of Vezio
The origin of the castle of Vezio is still uncertain, lost in the mists of time. Probably, the first people who settled on the shores of our Lake had immediately noticed the exceptional site of the fortress and its tactical advantage over enemy attacks; indeed from the top of the promontory it was possible to overlook the area where today stands Varenna, at the foot of it, as well as the centre of the lake and, as a consequence, the ancient communication routes for men and goods.
It’s not wrong to suppose that there were settlements, maybe fortified, on the hill of Vezio in the late V or IV century B.C.; nevertheless, we are sure that in the Roman a defensive line of strongholds was built on the banks of the oriental side of the lake; and, among them, our castrum.
In the Middle Ages our castle and Varenna have joined their fates. Because of the frequent attack from Como, the inhabitants of the village used to find their salvation into the castle; it was defended with walls that extended from the top of the hill to the banks of the lake, enclosing the underlying residential zone.
Before the seventeenth century the tower had been a property of the Church of St. George in Varenna, until, in the year 1600, the priest of the village and the Duke of Monte Marcino had a quarrel. Despite the fact that the right of property belonged to the Church, the Duke occupied the castle.At last, the Earl of Riviera won the legal argument, and decided to rent his properties in Vezio to Giovanni Antonio Forno in 1619; then, in 1631, to Giovanni Antonio de Tarelli, and in 1656 to Antonio Tarelli.
One of the first documents related to Vezio belongs to 1368: it’s a donation of land in St. Anthony Church’s favour. In accordance with two inscriptions dictated by Parlaschino, the tower of the castle was rebuilt in 1635; unfortunately, there is no other information about this and it makes the testimony unverifiable.
Coming back to the “legal” history of the castle, it remained a property of the family Sfrondati – Earls of Riviera – until the end of the dynasty; then, the castle passed tothei heirs, the family Serbelloni. In 1647 the Earl Giulio Monti was invested with the estate of Perledo e Varenna, which added to his feud in Valtellina. At a leater stage, in 1778 even the estate of Varenna passed to family Serbelloni, and they retained the possession of the Castle of Vezio until the nineteenth century.
Finally, the building passed to the current owners, the family Greppi of Robilant. By 1994, the castle is rented to “Associazione Turistica Castello di Vezio”, a no-profit organization that, as well as maintain and restore its beauty, promotes artistic expositions and various initiatives inside it.
Bird of Prey exhibition
Bird of prey exhibition programme is weekly settled; however it could be changed daily.
Please check the programme the day before your visit or call the referent at no. +39 333 4485975
From 3th March to 1st November:
The castle is closed in case of bad weather
March from Monday to Friday: 10:00am-5:00pm | Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am-6:00pm
April from Monday to Friday: 10:00am-6:00pm | Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am-7:00pm
May from Monday to Friday: 10:00am-6:00pm | Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am-7:00pm
June, July and August: from Monday to Friday: 10:00am-7:00pm | Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am-8:00pm
September Monday to Friday: 10:00am-6:00pm |Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am-7:00pm
October from Monday to Friday: 10:00am-5:00pm | Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am-6:00pm
NO PETS ALLOWED
Full price: € 4,00
Reduced price: € 3,00 (groups of 20+, senior visitors 65+, Touring Club members, CAI members, students)
Reduced price: € 2,00 (children between 7 and 12)
Annual Membership: € 12,00
Free: Varenna and Perledo citizens, disabled visitors with guide, children 0f 6 and under
(Taken from www.castellodivezio.it)
T +39 333 4485975