Walk to the beach & restaurants
This beautiful, spacious modern villa has fantastic panoramic lake views and a swimming pool, and is located just ten kilometers north of Menaggio, near the famous Golden Triangle of Menaggio, Bellagio and Varenna. Villathis property is perched on a hillside and set in a peaceful location with close proximity to the lake. From the villa, the walk to the beach is 500 meters (less than half a mile) downhill, where there is an excellent local pizzaria and fish restaurant. A grocery shop is 800 meters (almost half a mile) from the house. A frequent car and passenger ferry service connects Menaggio to Bellagio and Varenna and there is bus service to cosmopolitan Como. A surf school is located in the nearby village of Cremia. The area is wonderful for hikers, mountain bikers and golfers, with a course in Menaggio (16 km) and five more near Como and in Lugano.
HOLIDAY HOME AMENITIES
Pool: 5 x 11m
Internet WIFI connection
Large fridge with freezer
4 ring gas hob
Iron and ironing board
Pizza oven (can be only used by a Pizzaiolo)
Electronic entrance gate
Parking for 4 cars in a garage inside the property and further parking for 2 more cars
Lugano, Switzerland: 35km/22mi
Menaggio (ferry with car transportation to Bellagio and Varenna): 10 km/6.2mi
Como: 44 km/28mi
Milano: 91 km/56.5mi
St Moritz (Switzerland): 92 km/57mi
Nearest airport Lugano Agno: 35 km/22mi
Airport Milano Malpensa: 80 km/50
Nearest train station Como: 45 km/28mi
Many small towns and villages surround Lake Como. They are quaint and beautiful and it's worthwhile exploring them. If you spend the mornings on the west side and the afternoons on the east side of the lake, you will always stay in the sun.
Steamers, boats, car ferries and buses serve all the main towns on Lake Como. A ferry around the heart of Lake Como (between the key towns of Bellagio, Varenna, Menaggio and Cadenabbia) is a must. The most popular of the stops remains Bellagio.
Bellagio - known as the pearl of the lake is a beautiful little town in a picture-perfect location on the promontory where Lake Como separates into two branches. The town is historic and charming, with a waterfront promenades, stately hotels and two gardens open to the public: Villa Serbelloni and Villa Melzi. Bellagio's tourist information offices are by the ferry jetty and in Piazza della Chiesa.
Menaggio is located on the western shore of Lake Como, and has small stretches of shingle beach. From Menaggio you can travel to Lake Lugano or embark on mountain hikes. The town is a useful base for exploring Lake Como; with good bus and ferry connections.
The fishing village of Varenna has picturesque narrow alleyways and streets below a castle and a lakeside walking path. Varenna is a peaceful resort, smaller than Bellagio and also very beautiful. You can admire views from the Castello di Vezio or simply relax by the lakeside.
In Tremezzo visit Villa Carlotta - a villa and botanical garden. The villa is today a museum, whose art collection includes works by Canova, Thorvaldsen, Migliara and Hayez in addition to pieces of furniture from the time of the various owners.
The walled town of Como is a lively and pleasant town with an appealing historical centre and a scenic location at the southern end of the east branch of Lake Como. The impressive cathedral (Duomo), like most in Italy, was built and added to over a period of centuries, so you can admire Gothic and Renaissance features including some fine tapestries and paintings. The town's earlier cathedral (built in the tenth century), San Fedele, is another fine sight, as are the tall nine-hundred-year-old gateway, Porta Vittoria, and the Romanesque church Sant'Abbondio. The town's art gallery (Pinacoteca) is also worth a visit. For a short trip out of town, take the funicular up to the top of the hill above Como, where you can enjoy spectacular views.
Lake Como and the region is a shopper's paradise. Around Como there are many small shops and boutiques, and in the larger towns you will find a great range of boutiques, designer stores and department stores. Wherever you are you are never far from great shopping.
Como is an interesting place to shop because of its local flavor. There are very elegant stores in Como that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Some of the world's greatest designers are found in Como. Perhaps the nicest discount silk store (Mantero VIII) is found on the outskirts of Como.
Como is only a few minutes' drive from the Swiss border and from Lake Lugano. Cross the border into Switzerland and visit Foxtown Factory Stores, a temple of luxury and elegance with 3 km of shop windows, where 160 stores. The world famous mall that has every imaginable brand name store (Armani, Gucci, Prada, Loro Piano, Yves St. Laurent, Ferragamo, Versace, Missoni, Bally, Bruno Magli, Dolce and Gabbana, Cerrutti......to literally name only a few) at discounted prices. The mall sells last year's fashions at prices that seem a third of what can be found in Milan.
Then of course there is Milan. Milan is a short train-ride away for those in search of some city life. Milan has been crowned the fashion capital of the world thanks to designers such as Versace, Prada and Armani. Via Monte Napoleone and Via della Spiga with its designer showrooms and boutiques are two of the most elegant, if expensive, shopping streets in Europe. Milan also has sections of town dedicated to antiques, art and house supplies.
In Milan is to see Leonardo Da Vinci's The Last Supper. In the heart of Milan is the rose-colored marble Gothic Duomo. Not far from the Duomo is the world's most famous opera house - La Scala. Throughout the city are symbols of Milan's illustrious past including the 16 Corinthian-style columns from early Roman settlements. These are placed just outside the 4th century Basilica di San Lorenzo. Also impressive is the Sforza Castle and Museum of Ancient Art. St. Ambrose's Basilica and Museum is interesting as the Basilica was founded in the 4th century by the Bishop Ambrose who baptized St. Augustine here.
Lake Como boasts some of the very finest Italian cuisine, and is home to a number of world-class restaurants. Check out the back streets and old lakeside towns to find some of the less well known but excellent restaurants.
Lake Como boat hire is possibly the finest way to experience the Lake in its full splendour. One has not seen Lake Como if it hasn't been experienced from the water. There are numerous touring companies that can take large or small groups for tours of the lake which can include a refreshing swim in the lake. A wonderful day is to take the morning to explore the lake by boat. Stop for a long lunch at the Locanda dell' Isola Comacina and return to the Villa by late afternoon.
Outdoor Activities: biking, mountain biking, hiking, boating, paragliding and windsurfing.
There are numerous hikes and walking trails in and around Lake Como. Around the lake, through the woodlands and up through the hills and mountains offer an enormous variety of hiking possibilities, from easy walks for families to the more difficult for skilled hikers.
For water sports lovers it is possible to spend entire days sailing or kayaking, windsurfing and motor boating, water skiing and canoeing, wakeboarding and kitesurfing. In Como there is even a hydroplane piloting school.
Lake Como can also be dicovered by bicycle. Scenic roads, and alternative routes to those followed by the main traffic and some real cycle paths offer the visitor an alternative way of visiting various parts of the lake.
Lake Como has also several golf courses which can be easily reached by car.
Bed, bath and kitchen linens changed only on Saturday
Internet WIFI connection
Special experience: Guided tour to the Forte Montecchio north of Colico
Heating (if required): metered
Wood for fireplace: please check price on the premises.
Pool towels available on request: please check price on the premises.
Additional beds (2 tatami-futons in the SPA room) if maximun capacity PAX 12 is exceeded: EUR 150 per person per week
Baby bed if maximum capacity PAX is exceeded: EUR 70
Final cleaning: EUR 250
Pet allowed: EUR 60 domestic pet supplement per week. If you plan to bring your dog, please send us the completed and signed form Declaration of Accepting Responsibility for Your Pet together with your booking form.
EUR 1000 via credit card (Visa/Mastercard) are due on arrival.
SERVICE ON REQUEST (please enquire with us when booking)
Domestic help (house cleaning): please check prices upon booking.
The pizza oven can be only used by a Pizzaiolo, please enquire well in advance for availability and rates.
Reservations from Saturday to Saturday
Availability only during the above mentioned dates
Pool opening dates: April 20th - October 12th, depending on weather conditions
For more than 3 children, please enquire.
If rented for 12 people
Spacious and bright living/dining area, comfortable sofas, satellite TV, large sliding glass doors with panoramic lake view
Well equipped kitchen with coffee machine (filter), cooking stove (4 burners + oven), dishwasher, large fridge, toaster
Mezzanine: a few steps up
2 double bedrooms with twin beds that can be joined
1 bathroom with shower (shared by the 2 bedrooms above)
1 matrimonial bedroom with en suite bathroom
All of the bedrooms in the mezzanine are at ground level (garden level) which is not flat,Get the full listing »