10 Jun Path ring of the Castle of Vezio
RING OF THE CASTLE OF VEZIO
A PATH IN THE NATURE AND HISTORY OF THE CASTLE
◇ HISTORY ◇
FROM THE CENTER OF VARENNA TO THE CASTLE
From the center of Varenna go beyond Piazza San Giorgio until you arrive in front of the splendid Villa Monastero, famous for its beautiful garden full of flowers and succulents. Take via Roma, the one-lane asphalted road that leads to the cemetery. During the climb, where you can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding landscape, you will find indications for the “Scabium” scenic route, which starts from the parking lot of the former Hotel Eremo Gaudio near the lift (hiking shoes recommended). It is an ancient itinerary that connects Varenna to Vezio di Perledo lasting about 30 minutes, and which is part of the best known Wayfarer’s Path. Difference in altitude of about 160 meters.
This path leads to the square in the village of Vezio which overlooks the Church of S. Antonio Abate di Perledo. Walking you will find a path that leads to the cemetery and climbs the hill to the Castello di Vezio, which can be accessed through the gate.
Once the visit to the Castle is over, you can return to the village along an alternative route to the outward route, usually used for the climb, but steeper and less panoramic. In less than 30 minutes you will reach Varenna again by walking on a shaded cobblestone mule track next to the Hotel Montecodeno (Olivedo area), a convenient point for reaching the pier or the station. Near the landing stage, you will find a small playground with a swing, slide and benches overlooking the lake. From there take the Lovers Lane of Varenna: a walkway anchored to the rock, cantilevered on the lake, with the photographed red railing. Continue to the center of Varenna, where you will return to Piazza San Giorgio with its beautiful churches – Church of San Giorgio, Church of San Giovanni Battista and Church of Santa Madonna delle Grazie.
- We always recommend walking shoes, not sandals or flip flops.
- It is not possible to walk along the paths with the stroller.
- Remember that dogs are not allowed in the Castle.