April 12 -15, 2013, my wife and I stayed in Varenna (Lake Como) for three nights at the Maddalena House owned by the beautiful Marilena Anghileri. It overlooked the town square. It had a full kitchen and wash machine, a balcony off the kitchen, a good size living room with TV, a large bedroom and nicely equipped bathroom. It was quiet, though next to the square. Every morning at 7:00am, the church's bells at the front of the square would ring seven times, followed by a minute of beautiful church bell ringing. We kept our refrigerator full of fresh fruits and juices from the nearby corner market. The lake front was less than a two minute walk. And Marilena was always there in her below apartment with answers to any questions we had, or suggestions on places to go an things to do. She was gracious enough to pick us up in her car upon arrival at the train station, and to take us back there when we left. Most of all, we loved her suggestions of restaurants to eat. Our favorite was right below our bedroom window--Albergo del Sole. It was so good, we ate there three nights straight--excellent meals and service every time. This, being our second trip to Varenna, was by far the most enjoyable and relaxing of the two. You just do not get the service, comfort and family feeling in a hotel as you do when you stay with Marilena and her amazing cat, Tartufina. at Maddalena Apartments. Relax and enjoy the beauty of Lake Como's Varenna, and Marilena's hospitality.
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