Castello di Vezio, Italy
The Castello di Vezio was built in the 11th century in the region of Lombardy, Italy at the base of the Alps. It is located in the town of Vezio, a small Celtic Ligurian community at the center of Lake Como. The Castello di Vezio was built by Vescinus, a famous Roman, who was given the honor of planning and building the fortress for the Romans. The location was selected in hopes of better controlling both shores of Lake Como. The castle, as well as the nearby village of Varenna, had been linked by a wall to defend against intruders, but the wall was destroyed in 1244. In the early 1900s, during World War I, dungeons were also built into the castle that is now also open to the public.
Today, the Castello di Vezio and the surrounding property is owned by the families of the Count and Countess Greppi di Robilant, who allow tourists to enter and tour the property.
The Castello di Vezio has a spectacular view of Lake Como and offers a great assortment of activities for guests, including a number of gardens as well as a well-known olive garden, which produces high quality DOP olive oil that can be purchased by guests. The activities also include a falconer and raptors, who give daily demonstrations to the public. Guests can also play tennis, go to the beach, rent yachts and take cruises, golf at the Menaggio and Cadanabbia Golf Club, or go horse back riding at the El Picadero Stables. There are also several hiking trails, the most well known being the Sentiero del Viandante, which is an ancient pass going as far as Switzerland. Milan, the fashion capital of the world, is only an hour away by train, offering a great deal of shopping and other cultural activities.
The Castello di Vizio offers something for everyone.