Corenno Plinio hamlet and castle

Photo credits: Enrico Minotti


In Dervio, in the hamlet of Corenno Plinio, there are a typical fortified village carved into rock and a medieval castle bearing the same name.

The hamlet grew around the castle and the church located on the promontory and from there it’s possible to get a great view over the lake. Going up from the village, ancient patrician villas are seen and through steep “scalotte”, typical stone staircases with characteristic steps cut into rock, it’s possible to get to the cobbled square.

The castle, erected in the tenth century, stands out on the ruins of an ancient building which was not a house, but a fortess. It has a wall crowned with battlements and is a typical example of a castle-enclosure, that is a fortification built as shelter for the population in case of attaks. It has two towers: one is sail-shaped (meaning it’s open inside) while the other is square.

St. Thomas of Canterbury church is also worth a visit, with its ancient frescoes and the particular churchyard with gothic sculptures and arches.

Every year at the beginning of September a reminescent medieval demostration is held: fighting, knights wearing costumes and playing music, show the landing of Barbossa Emperor. Guided tours of the castle and the village are organized.

The castle has a private owner, but it is visitable freely the first Saturday of every month till October. It is suggested to book the time of the visit in the municipal library of Dervio (Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2.30pm till 6pm and Saturday from 8.30am till 12pm. Tel. +39 0341 804113 email


Indirizzo:Castello di Corenno Plinio, Dervio LC


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