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The flagship of Casa dell’Arco is the breathtaking view over the Lake Como. Casa dell’Arco is located in the heart of Varenna, a true urban example of the old Italian villages. Except the main street crossing the village, all others are pedestrian stairs ways (contrada) that bring you down to the lake, ideal for children. The apartment is on top of the building, on two floors and outside the living room are two balconies. The interiors are stylish and modern and the apartment has been completely restored in early 2010. The lake is 20 meters far and in 5’ of pleasant walk along the lake you reach the ferry dock. The train station is only 10' far. Close to the apartment are : pharmacy, grocery, butcher, bank, restaurants and bars. Casa dell’Arco is the ideal location to live the unique atmosphere of Varenna that will make your holiday unforgettable.
We stayed three nights in Casa dell 'Arco in the beautiful and charming hillside town of Varenna overlooking central Lake Como.
After entering the building, a climb of 50 stairs brings you to the apartment's entrance. The apartment has two levels at the top of the building. The living / kitchen area are on the main level in an open floor plan, and the three bedrooms and the bathroom are upstairs.
The moment we entered the apartment we were thrilled with the views. The living area faces the lake, and has two small decks overlooking the red tile roofs of the buildings below, with a 180 degree view of the tops of neighboring buildings, and of the lake and the mountains rising from its far shore.
Upstairs a door separates two of the bedrooms. Access to the back bedroom is through one of the other bedrooms. The front bedroom has a great view.
The apartment's interior is sparsely but adequately furnished. The kitchen includes stove, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, cookware, dishes, silverware, etc. (There is also an automatic coffee maker, but you need to bring your own filters. A small percolator is also available.)
The apartment's location in Varenna was absolutely ideal for us. It is located between the train and ferry stops at one end of town and the main town plaza. The town is very walkable, with mostly pedestrian-only passages and stairways between the buildings. I counted 69 stairs from this apartment building's entrance down the narrow passageway to a very pleasant collection of shops and waterfront restaurants at the edge of a cove on the lake's shoreline.
The only reason I haven't rated it with 5 stars was the requirement to prepay in two installments using wire-transfers. They resulted in an extra $70 fee charged by my credit union for the wire transfers. I wish there were a better way to pay the rental, and avoid those added charges.
Our gracious host, Luciana, helped me understand the process and kept me informed on the payments' progress. She was also provided good instructions on how to find and get into the apartment when we arrived.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Casa dell'Arco, in the completely charming town of Varenna.
We loved Varenna and the apartment. The views are truly amazing as are the sunsets. It was a great jumping off spot for everything we needed.
We went to Varenna with our three small children. It is just a very nice place, and Luciana's apartment is perfect! Newly renovated, everything works, beautiful views from the balconies and all windows. Two of Varenna's best restaurants are literally just downstairs, and the best pizza take-out in town next to them. The lakefront is 30m down the charming, cobblestone alley. All in all a perfect base for a visit to Como, and Varenna is really the best spot; most charming and least overrun - with the other nice locations (Bellagio, Menaggio etc) just 15mins away by ferry.
This apartment is simply amazing. It is a relatively short walk from the train station to the apartment and yes, there are lots of stairs to the front door of the apartment, but once you open that door, you quickly forget the stairs because the views are amazing. All I wanted to do was sit on the balcony and look at the lake. Every window has a view. Truly spectacular. The kitchen is great. We didn't do much cooking, mainly breakfasts, but everything we needed was there. The bedrooms are clean and the beds are comfortable. There are several down comforters available as it was very cold the day we arrived. The bathroom is beautiful and such a big for shower and a rain shower head to boot. There are some great restaurants within easy walking distance as is the ferry to several cute towns across the lake. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and wish it could have been longer. Luciana was very responsive to our problem with the faucet handle in the shower.
We couldn't have been happier with our stay in Luciana's property. Varenna is a beautiful town and away from the hustle and bustle of Bellagio but with easy ferry access to the rest of Lake Como. And the location of the apartment couldn't have been more ideal in Varenna: Just a minute's walk from main piazza, where there's a small grocery store, pharmacy, ATM, butcher; cheap pizza and more upscale dining options within a block, gelato just down the hill, ferry and train station ~10 minute walk. As every reviewer has mentioned, the view is absolutely stunning. The apartment is furnished very practically, and Luciana was very responsive.
We had a few hot days in Varenna and being on a high floor, the apartment can get quite hot, but even on the hottest days, Varenna cools down quickly once the sun goes down and Luciana provides a number of fans to help cool off.
We were delighted with the apartment, immaculate & good amenities.
We dealt with the daughter who had limited english & wasn't particularly friendly or helpful.
Great memories of champagne on the deck while watching divine sunsets over the lake. Handy to fabulous cafes & restaurants, the best dinners were had at the charming 'ristorante borgovino' on the closest corner part way down the steps. great coffee & free fast wifi in the town piazza @ '28m2'. No air conditioning made for a very hot & sleepless few nights as the temperature soared! Kathy's mother was travelling with us & found the steps up to the apartment a challenge with her arthritic hips.
I recommend the picturesque walk to Fiumelatte for lunch @ Hosteria del Platano, delicious!
Suitable for maximum four adults as there is only one bathroom & the two single rooms are connected & share the same exit door.
We would love to return one day
Thanks to the central position on Lake of Como, you can easily visit the most attractive places on the lake. Old villas, typical villages like Bellagio, Menaggio, Gravedona and many others and reach the different beaches on the lake coast. In 10' you can take a train that brings you to Milano, Bergamo, Como in not more than an hour time. Other places you can reach in 1h drive are : Lugano, St. Moritz, different Alps best sites as Passo dello Spluga., Passo San Marco. Walking paths bring you to the villages of Vezio Castle, Gisazio, Bologna in the nature with breathtaking view sites. In half an hour drive you can take the path that brings you to the top of Grigna mountain (2400 mts.). A guide is recommended. You can find any kind of attraction as sport activities: wind surfing, swimming, trekking; historical guided visits and shopping in towns.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
In the event of a reservation being cancelled the deposit will not be refunded. Should the reservation be cancelled less than 20 days before the arrival date, the full payment will be required. Should the nights of a cancelled reservation being booked to another guest in the interim, the paid amount will be all refunded less 50 Euros for administration fees.