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Apartment with breathtaking view over the lake, no car needed

Bedrooms 3
Space 90 m²
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Downstairs is the open-space living room and kitchen, upstairs are 3 bedrooms

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.

Luciana Sala (Mrs)
Member since: 2006
Speaks english, italian
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
23 March, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment rental in Varenna, Italy

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 90 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(15 traveller reviews)

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Apartment with breathtaking view over the lake, no car needed
average rating of 4.6 based on 15 reviews

Varenna property

  • 4 of 5

The second bedroom had no bedding or towels when we arrived. Also, the internet didn't work. When we contacted the owner, she got the linens and bedding right away. The internet was fixed the next day. Great location.

  • Review Submitted: 19/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location with amazing view

  • 5 of 5

Way better than I expected. Was just travelling with my wife, and didnt need all of the space, but was pleasently surprised by the size and number of bedrooms. Having them on the top floor is great, as there is no noise from above.

View from the living room balcony is spectacular. You could sit there all day and consider it a good holiday.

Luciana was great, she is very accomodating and extrememly easy to lwork with. We had no problems at all, only positive thoughts for the 3 days we were in Varenna.

  • Review Submitted: 15/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Highlight of our trip!

  • 5 of 5

We took our kids on a 2 week tour of Europe: London, Paris, Varenna, and Rome. Varenna was our rest stop in the middle of the trip and was just what we needed. Luciana's apartment was lovely and gave us enough space to spread out. I will give you 3 warnings if you rent this apartment:

1. She required a bank draft instead of paying through HomeAway. This cost us $45 through our bank to pay in full, would have cost double to make 2 payments. Consider this when you are comparing prices.

2. This apartment has no A/C. It was very warm in the afternoon and then cooled off at night.

3. This apartment is on the 3rd floor. Varenna is already full of stairs, and then this is 3 floors up. (Also, watch yourself when climbing the stairs to the apartment and inside if you are taller than 5'9 or you will hit your head!)

If none of things are a concern to you, this is your place! We absolutely loved it and hope to return one day!

  • Review Submitted: 22/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and modern apartment in Varenna

  • 5 of 5

We were intimidated by some of the reviews about the stairs, but this was NOT a problem for us! There are stairs up to top of apartment building but lots of landings and hallways so it was not bad. The entry to the building was easy to find by using the map in relation to the town plaza. The apartment was very clean and had everything we needed for small meals and cooking. The bed linens were very nice and everything was just as appears in the pictures. The views from the living room and master bedroom were magnificent! We left and drove to Milan airport at 7am on a weekday from apartment and it took about 1.5hrs with traffic. The payment through trasferwise was easy and the fees were minimal compared to a bank transfer. I only wish we would have stayed longer in Varenna.... so much to enjoy on and around the lake. Again, views were amazing!!!

  • Review Submitted: 12/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place with an amazing view!

  • 4 of 5

We loved our stay there. The view to wake up to is absolutely worth every penny. A downside is there's no air conditioner so it got super warm at night so we had to open the windows which could be extremely noisy when a car or a motorbike passes by. Also, the host only accepts bank transfer so the total cost was higher due to the wire transfer fees.

Other than those 2, it's a GREAT place!

  • Review Submitted: 08/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful views from every window and balcony, great location in charming Varenna

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 27/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$101.93

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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