Sentiero del Viandante

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Karim Maarouf
Cairo, Egypt668 contributions
Amazing view up to the castle
Sep 2020
Great hike up to the castle. Start from the ferry terminal then you have two options, head to the right (with your back to the water) and climb up a very steep but short path and return from the other side, which is not as steep but longer. Or you can do it the other way round. Either way, the views along the way and at the top where the castle is are very nice. You don't need to be very fit to do this or even have hiking shoes.
Written October 18, 2020
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Burdett P
Sayre, PA234 contributions
Sentiero del Viandante Bellano to Varenna
Nov 2019
We enjoyed a wonderful hike on a cloudy autumn day with Mario from Hiking Como Lake (review posted there as well). We found this path to be challenging at times with changes in elevation and much cobblestone pathway. Agree with other reviewers that signage seemed easy to understand and interpret. The views from the hike were spectacular.
Written November 19, 2019
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Rosie8302
Brighton, Australia348 contributions
The Wayfarers Walk - Sentiero del Viandante
Oct 2019
We loved this exhilarating experience. The Tourist Information Office in Varenna (closed on Thursday’s!) supplied us with a great map and very explicit directions. Off we set! It was the perfect day, no rain and a very pleasant 18-20° - wearing comfortable walking shoes and carrying just a light day pack, for water..........off we set...straight up and up to the Castello Di Vezio €4 entry. The walk Is well signed with orange markers and continues to twist and turn, up hill and down dale but the lake is never far from sight. The views are spectacular. We didn’t pass any other walkers the whole 6 kms.

Most disappointing was the lack of a cold beer at the end, so we returned by train from Bellano to Varenna and sat down by the lake to recover.

We are both in our late sixties, but a knee replacement did not prevent me from thoroughly enjoying this amazing walk.
Written October 17, 2019
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John H
Gothenburg, Sweden71 contributions
Varenna-Bellano, 2 hours of good views
Jul 2019 • Couples
We went this hike during a cloudy day in July. It was great way of breaking a sweat and to see the views from above. Firstly we walked up to the castle, cost 4€ á head to go in. Then we kept walking up n down, up n down until we reached our destination!
Written July 31, 2019
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Steve M
Leamington Spa, UK621 contributions
Lovely walks in the shade, but steep
Jul 2019 • Couples
We enjoyed walking sections of this ancient track, especially by the castle. It is shady, but can be quite steep in places. Well signed and easy to follow.
Written July 26, 2019
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,413 contributions
Brilliant Hike With Huge Reward at Top
May 2019 • Couples
A wonderful hiking path that follows the ancient mule trails that once linked Milan and Switzerland. It really is as picturesque as it sounds. The full trail is about 45km. The most popular stretch is from Varenna to Vezio Castle, which is what we did.

The trail is very scenic at points although it becomes closed in with greenery. It is a fairly steep walk although the climb is steady. At times, there are uneven, and roughly made stone stairs which would be easy to slip on if you are not wearing decent walking shoes. You don't need hiking boots but I’d get out my trainers rather than sandals or shoes with thin soles.

GETTING THERE
From Varenna, start at Villa Monastero. Walk alongside the villa (and take the chance to look down at the gardens as you go). Across the road, there is a multi-level carpark and at this point, take the street that runs uphill from the carpark. There is a sign to ‘Castello Di Vezio’. The other ‘Sentiero Del Viandante’ signs along the way will be orange but signage is not always clear or obvious so it can be useful to stop and double-check with others if they pass you. In particular, the path at the top, that diverts to the castle is easy to miss. Look out for two signs on opposite sides of big stone walls. One is a large brown sign with various arrows and the other is a small white sign saying ‘Via al Vezio’. Take the narrow path between the two signs (I have included a photo).

HIGHLIGHT
The views from the castle lookout point are absolutely stunning. Look out also for the castle ghosts – each year they make plaster casts of real-life volunteers and position them around the grounds to make a striking display. Don't stop when you get to the castle. Climb to the top of the central tower. You would think the views couldn't get better but they do, so don't baulk at climbing these final lot of stairs.
If you can, time your visit with the displays of falconry. The castle is also a training centre for birds of prey. Our timing wasn't right and we missed it but this would only have been icing on the cake. The hike was absolutely worth it anyway.
It is worth noting that the castle is usually only open between March and November. There is a café and toilet at the entry point. Entry to the castle & grounds is € 4 (well worth it). Importantly, pick up an information sheet where you pay. There is no information inside so the sheet is really helpful.

OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST
* the tiny town of Vezio with its medieval church, small graveyard, ceramic studio and olive grove.
* dry stone walls along the way – so clever to make these walls without any mortar and with just the weight and compression of the stones keeping them together for so long.
* beautiful wildflowers in the spring and summer months
Written July 14, 2019
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YvonnePapamoa
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand404 contributions
It's a Hike !
Jun 2019 • Couples
Pretty little walk but pretty steep if you keep going up to the castle. Worth it though to go all the way.
Written July 13, 2019
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain8,251 contributions
A beautiful walk to go to Vezio Castle
May 2019 • Friends
Sentiero del Viandante (Pathway of the walker) is a pathway located in the surroundings of Varenna, the most beautiful town in Lago di Como, in the North of Italy. In fact, if you follow this way, you can go up until Vezio and Vezio Castle, from where you can see very beautiful views of the lake. Also, here you can walk to the other towns near Varenna. Beautiful.
Written June 6, 2019
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OrlandoTennisbum
Orlando218 contributions
Varenna to Bellano
May 2019 • Couples
Wear hiking boots and expect to get lost. Signage starts out good then gets challenging. Still made it to Bellano and took an easy train back. Buy train tickets at station in downstairs shop. Gorgeous towns and lake views. Stop at castle Vezio. Great lunch deal for $10...panini, castle entry, and a beer!
Written May 28, 2019
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M2018K
Pilsen, Czech Republic379 contributions
Sentiero from Bellano to Mandello del Lario
Apr 2019 • Couples
We passed the part of this trekking – only 22,5km from Bellano to Mandello del Lario. We took the train in the morning to Bellano and walked back to the South (to Mandello). The views were breathtaking. The trail is very easy in the part from Bellano to Varenna/Castello di Vezio. Then we decided for the “upper” part of this path, so we started climbing. Ascending wasn´t very sharp, the descending was worse. Sharp parts with stones and rocks were demanding, so we were happy to get down to Lierna (from 1053m to 200m above sea level). The rest of the walk (approx. 3km) was moderately up and down. We were happy we took this direction – heading sun all the time and having nice view of the “triangolo lariano”. The whole trek took 10,5 hours with comfortable visit of the Vezio Castel and few stops for break/snack.
Written May 21, 2019
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