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Castello di Vezio, Vezio

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Dominating a hillside village, Castello di Vezio once served as part of a medieval set of watchtowers. It's a steep climb up a mule path to the village, but the views from the top are more than rewarding. The castle hosts falconry displays on certain days--check the website for more info. To visit Castello di Vezio and get the most from your holiday in Vezio, create itinerary details personal to you using our Vezio trip itinerary maker website.
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  • A vista that is worth the hike- but make no mistake, it’s not an easy hike! (Make sure to wear comfortable shoes!) Best view is from the very top of the castle, it’s worth the extra 5 flights of... 
    A vista that is worth the hike- but make no mistake, it’s not an easy hike! (Make sure to wear comfortable shoes!) Best view is from the very top of the castle, it’s worth the extra 5 flights of...  more »
  • tl;dr don’t support animal abuse by going here. Check out the free Wayfairers walk instead for even better views. Owls, falcons, and other birds are being abused and exploited. The owners have birds....  more
    tl;dr don’t support animal abuse by going here. Check out the free Wayfairers walk instead for even better views. Owls, falcons, and other birds are being abused and exploited. The owners have birds....  more »
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  • Incredibly beautiful location. We followed the walking directions on the website, taking the footpath from Varenna, which was steep but manageable and took about 30 minutes. It was mostly shady but probably best not attempted at the hottest part of the day! Don't follow Maps for walking directions as it currently takes people a longer 3km route up. Entry to the castle was 5 euro, it wasn't too busy and the views are amazing. There are birds of prey to see also - I would love to know a bit more about the birds and their welfare, but several were out of their enclosures and some had information boards. Apart from the birds, most informative was available in English as well as Italian. The tower stairs are quite steep/tall (sadly there is no alternative for those with limited mobility) but it's worth climbing if you can for the view! Some slightly strange but amusing decorations like skeletons in the old WW1 area and spooky ghost sculptures, as well as lots of lovely plants. So worth the price and the climb - some of the most amazing views I've ever seen.
  • This small castle/tower is a gem that you should not miss if you plan to visit Varenna. The site is in a high enough altitude to allow a magnificent view of the lake Como. The castle itself is very beautiful and it is decorated with eerie looking statues and medieval props. Climb to the top of the tower for the best pictures of the lake and the surrounding area. An unforgettable experience.

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