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Hotel near Vezio Castle Varenna

The strategic location of the Hotel Villa Cipressi right near Vezio Castle in Varenna, enables guests to reach one of the most interesting ancient sites in the area both quickly and easily.

By car, you’ll just need to drive along the Via 4 Novembre / Viale Giovanni Polvani / the SP72 towards Via Roma until you arrive at the castle, a journey that takes just a couple of minutes by car.

Taking the road uphill, you’ll reach the Varenna promontory where this ancient military outpost dating from medieval times has stood for over a thousand years.

The structure was erected to defend and control the lake and the surrounding villages and was built by the Lombard queen, Theodolinda and was previously connected to the town of Varenna by two long stretches of wall.

Staying at the Hotel Villa Cipressi will enable guests to take the opportunity to spend a day at Varenna’s nearby Vezio Castle which was restored in the middle of the 20th century and is distinguished by its square based lookout tower which is accessible via a typical drawbridge and is open to the elements at the top.

The fortress blends in seamlessly with its surroundings and almost appears to have risen naturally out of the ground itself.

In fact, its connections to the earth is even stronger as the castle boasts underground passages as well as some eye-catching statues in the gardens and a collection of birds of prey in its small falconry centre.

Vezio Castle is an unmissable excursion if you’re staying at the Hotel Villa Cipressi and can be visited from March to November.

This is really popular with those who love history, the magical appeal of a fortress and anything to do with medieval times. The castle is also home to a range of cultural experiences thanks to the varied exhibitions of art works that are on display in the gardens.

The castle’s tower houses a permanent exhibition that’s dedicated to the long extinct Lariosaurus, a prehistoric marine reptile whose remains were first discovered in the basin in front of the fortress.

The castle can be visited as follows:

• From Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 17.00;

• On Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00 to 18.00.

Enjoy a fairy-tale experience by travelling back in time. Book your stay at the Hotel Villa Cipressi and visit the nearby Vezio Castle in Varenna.

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