Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday apartment in Varenna - Bella Varenna,
1 bedroom apartment to sleep 4 in Varenna close to local amenities
Situated in a prominent and pretty Liberty-style Italian Townhouse on the sunny waterfront of central Varenna, one of the most romantic and beautiful of all Lake Como towns, this property (ID 346) enjoys an envious and highly accessible location.
Guests enter the building through a beautiful ornate doorway and can reach the apartment easily by lift/elevator or communal stairwell.
The property is very bright, modern and tastefully decorated with high ceilings throughout, with an Open Plan layout which features a practical Kitchenette with gas hob and sink, and a Dining table which sits 4 guests comfortably. The Living area is comfortable and offers a Sofa which can be adapted into a double bed sofa bed for additional guests, and a working fireplace makes a pretty feature for a romantic evening in.
French doors lead out onto a beautiful iron balcony which is perfect for enjoying a cup of morning coffee or a glass of wine with company in the evenings. The Lake views from here are uninterrupted, panoramic and are truly breathtaking!
The Master Bedroom is spacious and bright with a Double Bed, modern furnishings and lake views from the window.
The apartment also features a modern tiled Shower room, all the desired sanitary ware as well as a washing machine.
Outside the property guests can pleasantly reach the many amenities and Lakeside attractions on foot.
Varenna is the place to get away from it all, but also be in touch with the rest of the Lake. For the romantics, the historians or for those who love peace, tranquility and a history that goes back thousands of years this is the place.Varenna is an ancient fishing village with close to 1000 residents spread along a steep hillside overlooking Lake Como.
Varenna, built on a rock at the foot of a mountain is a boat stop from Bellagio on the east side of the lake and though popular it escapes the throngs in Bellagio (undeniably lovely, but like many other undeniably lovely places the crowds, higher prices and ‘tourist trap’ experiences can be very trying). Varenna dates from the 5th century - you can still see in places the original Roman layout of the town: a geometric design which allows wonderful views of the lake.
The reds, terracottas and yellows of its houses, its mild climate and the olive and cypress trees make you wonder whether you aren’t 200km further south. After the nearby island of Comancina was destroyed the population increased and flourished. The warring factions, as with much of Lombardy saw Varenna at odds with Como on many occasions and the rule of Varenna pass in typical Italian family tradition from the Visconti family to the Sfondrati's. Today Varenna is a lovely spot to chill out, although be aware that shops and even restaurants have been known to shut for lunch, so expect the better things in life to take longer.
Varenna is one of the most beautiful towns on the lake, its steep winding alleys lined with charming homes, flowering balconies and lace-curtained windows. In the evenings, the village is serene and picturesque. Truly a perfect place for relaxing. This is an understatement! The warmth of the locals combined with the perfect setting of the place, would melt the coldest hearts of the most demanding travellers.
Looking down on Varenna is the ancient Castle of Vezio; where Theodolinda, Queen of the Lombards, is said to have died in the 7th century. Today, you can enjoy Falconry displays, the tower which is accessible, thanks to a drawbridge and the underground passages dating back to the First World War. The panoramic views are fabulous from the castle & there is also a restaurant where you can enjoy local cuisine. There are also numerous well marked hiking paths around Castello Vezio.
This old fishing village has several very interesting shops; from local butchers to craft shops and bars, as well as many restaurants ranging from simple but fabulous pizzerias and trattorias, to elegant dining experiences with lake views. Varenna offers excellent rail links to Milan & Venice! Plus there are ferry links to all the gorgeous villages & towns along Lake Como's shores; it makes a great base for exploring the area.
- children welcome
Guestbook comments from the manager
We have just arrived back in Australia after our holiday in Italy and would like to thank you for the wonderful accommodation we had at Bella Varenna. The position on Lake Como was beautiful, and the apartment was all we could wish for.
We only have a couple of suggestions that would help to make it perfect.
On our departure we had to place the keys in the master key box. This proved to be very frustrating as the keys would not fit in the box unless we separated the two keys.
Apart from this, we had an amazing time at Bella Varenna - perfect.