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1 Bedroom, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Varenna, Lake Como, Lombardy

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Zichy1
Legana, Tasmania, Australia
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“An excellent reunion”
Reviewed 26 July 2015 for a stay in June 2015

We have recently returned from a repeat visit to Maddalena House in Varenna, on Lake Como, and found that it more than matched the happy memories of our previous stay.
Marilena met us at the station as she does for all her guests, but this was a reunion. She immediately took us shopping for staples in Bellano- this time we knew the routine and had our shopping list ready. Fresh fruit and vegetables were available locally, also meat including sausages, the delicately flavoured lake fish, cheeses, pasta, wines, dried mushrooms and much more. This allowed us you to sample the joys of Italian cuisine and eat outside on the tiny balcony. If you do not wish to cook yourself, Marilena can recommend the best restaurants.
On arriving we discovered that Marilena had repainted the apartment, put in a new easy to understand washing machine and while we were there she replaced the sofa bed. There is also a new cat, Trudi, but he is very private, unlike the older, more confident Tartufina.
Do not go to Varenna if you do not like church bells. San Grigorio, one of the four historic churches in the Piazza has a tall bell tower with four magnificent bells. These bells ring out at various times of the day, but not at night. They toll slowly, individually in sequence for funerals and joyously all at once for weddings.
Marilena took us to the fish hatchery where several species of lake fish are hatched, raised and grown until large enough to be released into the lake. They take two years to mature and the local fishermen fish every day except Sunday- the shop opens around 7am- so hurry to buy this fresh fish as it disappears rapidly.
Varenna is central to:
1. Ferry trips to Bellagio, Menagio, Lecco, Collico and Como, the major towns on Lake Como. If you want to enjoy the atmosphere and scenery you can take the slow ferry.
2. Walking to Fiumelatte (where the world’s shortest river roars out of a hole in the mountain), Perledo, Gitana, Bellano, Vezio, and Vezio Castle above Varenna or find the old Saints trail (sentiero) and follow the signposts. These walks will lead you all over the countryside.
3. Trains from Varenna to Milan allow you to use the Italian rail system to explore further. Or take the train from Varenna north to Tirano on the Swiss border where you can catch the Bernina Express to St Moritz and return- a must for train lovers and one of the world’s great train experiences.
4. If you want to buy Italian silk to bring home to have made up, rather than ready made in the shops, we suggest you visit Seterie Trombetta, Piazza San Fedele 1, Como. They had a wonderful range of offcuts of silk rather than buying the 40 metre whole bolt.
5. Also take some time climbing up and down the many stepped streets of Varenna leading to and from the Lake and enjoy the houses and views as well as taking the lakeside walk which leads you to the ferry terminal. You can visit the Monastery garden or view it from above on the road.

Marilena is a wonderful, charming and unobtrusive host, but if you want any information or advice- just ask.

Stayed at Maddalena House, Varenna, June 2015

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Liked best: The position of the property within Verenna
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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epaulm
Dublin, Ireland
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“Perfect for Couples and People with Limited Mobility”
Reviewed 20 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015

My wife and I stayed here for a week and it was a exactly what we were looking for. The apartment was spotless, well equipped and vey comfortable, and the location on the town's main square is ideal for self-catering as we were were just meters for the local shops. Our host, Marilena, was fantastic. She picked us up from the station and gave us an early-morning lift there when we were leaving. She is from Varenna and was able to give us excellent advice on where to eat, go, etc. We will be back:)

Although the apartment is in the second floor of an old building (it's a very charming apartment) and the stairs is steep, there is a chair lift, so anyone who has difficulty with stairs can use this facility.

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Liked best: The owner, the location and the price.
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riitta954
Helsinki, Finland
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“The best apartment in Varenna”
Reviewed 12 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015

I have visited Varenna three times in a year and lived once in a nice small hotel, once in another nice apartment and now in Casa Maddalena, which was the best of all. In Casa Maddalena there is everything you need. It is nice peaceful apartment in the best place in Varenna on the Piazza San Giorgio. There are many very good ristorantes, Villa Sypress, Borgovino, Cavatappi, Quatro Pass, Sole and VIctoria nearby . The host Marilena is very helpful and kind.

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Liked best: The location, the cozy apartment, the nice host Marilena
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 50-64
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Ontario, Canada
Reviewed 3 April 2015 for a stay in March 2015
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Catji
Bellingham, Washington
1 review
“Even Off-Season is Wonderful at Casa Maddelena!”
Reviewed 10 December 2014 for a stay in November 2014

I stayed in Varenna five nights, at Casa Maddelena in November. It was a wonderfully memorable experience. My lodging, right on the main square, was convenient to grocery shopping and access to several interesting walks around the town. Grocery shops were close by. I strongly recommend the delicious yoghurt at the macelleria. I ate every night at the Del Sole restaurant just downstairs where the food was delicious and the staff warm and welcoming. My wonderful hostess at the guesthouse, Marilena, picked me up at the train station from Milan, and deposited me there the morning I left. She was a wonderful resource for ideas of how to see and visit the best places. From the guesthouse it is only a ten-minute, downhill walk to the ferry for Bellagio and Meaggio. Although it rained almost all the time I was there, on the last day the sun--and the snow-capped mountains--came out. I was delighted with my entire time in Varenna and heartily encourage anyone looking for a comfortable, beautiful experience of the Lago de Como area to stay at Casa Maddelena.

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Liked best: The kitchen and washing machine
Liked least: Well, the church bells are charming and all, but there are a lot of them!
Travelling group: Solo
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