Our expectation was to have a comfortable residence for a short vacation. This apartment was beyond expectations. The location could not have been better,Lakeside, waves lapping 40 feet from our balcony.Restaurants, coffee shops, art gallery immediately below the balcony.
But the unexpected was the service of Luigi, the owner. He picked us up at the train station and delivered us to the apartment. Advertised tours were available for ferry or water taxi. Luigi took us on our own designed boat tour of the villas, the towns across the lake that could be seen from Varenna and significantly less expensive than the commercial tours.
He was an available but not intrusive resource for all there was in the area..He closed out this stay by delivering us back to the train station at the end of our memorable sojourn in Varenna.
Would we recommend this apartment? Read the above.
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This apartment is situated in Varenna's Old Town and is right on Lake Como. It has a double balcony from which you can see Menaggio and other towns on the eastern shore, the mountains,boats criss-crossing the lake, the lakeside walk and little bars and restaurants nearby. You can watch the sun go down behind the mountains each evening! The apartment is clean, light and airy with a well-equipped kitchen, a very comfortable bed and a good-sized sofa bed. It is very convenient for the ferry boat terminal and the railway station. Luigi, the owner, was very prompt in all his communications and kindly met us at the station when we arrived and gave us a lift to the apartment and generally ensured we were settled in. Varenna itself has an ample choice of excellent restaurants, 2 small but amply-stocked shops and at least 3 ice-cream parlours and a take-away pizzeria.
Lots of cobbled steps and pavements though in Varenna so apartment would not be suitable for anybody with mobility problems and, because of the balcony, maybe not for young children. This is clearly stated in the description though. Sensible shoes advised!!
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