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Our Charming house close to Lake Como, Milan and Monza

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment



About the property

Charming apartment very close to the train station, only 2 minutes walking. A perfect solution That Allows you privacy and relaxation but at the same time Allows you to reach Milan, Como, Monza, in very short time! I live close the door and, if you would, i would always be to suggest you places to visit and restaurant where really find good Italian specialty! In the house you will find all you need. WiFi, full equipped Kitchen with dishmachine, oven, microwave, coffee machine, water boiler, TV. A big living room with two armchairs, TV. Two bedrooms with double bed available Both (160x190). One bathroom, shower and a washing-machine. You will have bed linen and towels available for all your stay and will be provided anche essentials you. You will find all you need for anche a very Italian breakfast (coffee, tea, milk, cookies, pastries, juices). Daily cleaning. Possibility to organize pick up from / to the airport.

Beautiful apartment, ideal for those who wish to visit Milan and the lakes of Como and Lecco. Ideal for business travelers and want to be "home".

The apartment is located 2 minutes from the train station with connections to Milan, Como, Lugano and airports. The railway line offers quick connection to Milan city center, Fiera Milano, the Milan Furniture Fair, Fashion Milan, Monza race track.


Monza Cathedral "Between Legend and Religiosity"

The Cathedral of Monza is a small medieval town, was ordered by the queen of the Lombards Teodolinda. Legend has it that one night, in a dream, appeared the Savior who told her to build a church in the place where it appeared a dove. Teodolinda woke up and decided that he had followed the advice in the night. One day, leaving the castle of Pavia, he went hunting in the territory of Monza and, as he rode into the forest, tired, stopped to rest on the banks of the River Lambro, the shade of a tree. Just fallen asleep, in a dream, it appeared the white dove which stood not far from her, indicating where he was to build the religious building. "

Within this [..] cathedral,

as in a dark belly of the whale.

I suck an echo of the sea, and from the great times

down an ancient choral which is fused to my voice.

(M. L. Spaziani)


Giotto- Milan, the Royal Palace from 02.09 to 10.01.16, to enjoy through art the way of beauty.

Every morning the little Giotto door grazing the flock of his father. Walking distracted, thinking about a desire that would love to achieve. A desire that, for now, can not tell anyone. Grazing, instead of monitoring the flock, Giotto passed the time drawing. Track figures of sheep, trees and birds of all that is: the clear stones with a piece of charcoal, on those dark with a piece of chalk and sand with a stick. They are so beautiful that often the travelers stop to admire them. "Too bad enough a gust of wind or a bit 'of rain to erase them", regrets the shepherd. Draw until hear the distant bells ringing to vespers. Then he hastens to gather the sheep to bring them back to the fold. Messer Bondone, his father, every night waiting for his return. And counting sheep, he does not trust. "He always has his head in the clouds!"She says of her baby. In fact, tonight he gets angry.

"It is missing! Just today I can not go looking for ", she scolds him. "There is a big party in the country, but you're not coming. I'll be at home! " Giotto is not sad for punishment, but for losing a lamb. "Who knows how it will spend the night," he agonizes. He would love, with a chalk, draw it on the bare wall of his room, but his father would be angry again. "You can not do nothing but scribbles ", he would tell you, as so many times before. Suddenly he hears voices and footsteps from the street. Curious, Giotto faces. Among the people in procession sees his father. He is going to stand back when, suddenly, remains as enchanted: the last of the sun is reflected in the gold of a beautiful painting. "Who designed it? And how did he do? ", He asks in amazement. It 'so hard his curiosity and so his astonishment, that Giotto disobeys his father. Leaves home, he sneaks among the people and also enters him in the big church. "It's called the author of the Cimabue Madonna with Child", hear. Giotto would ask him where he found the colors to make the picture, telling him that he, too, grew up, she would love to be a painter. "Cimabue certainly would understand me," he thinks. But it does not dare approach him. But when you dare to follow him away ... and the window, peeks inside his shop. "Mr. Cimabue!"Calls. The painter turns. "Come in, do not be afraid," says the child. Giotto not afraid.  "I'm just a shepherd boy, but I would ..." The painter hears. Listen to that child that reveals his greatest wish. And then he reveals the secret. "To paint the way you prefer, need colored powders that are called and pigments are extracted from minerals and flowers." Giotto listens to him with so much interest and the painter gives him a red powder. "Stomp in a mortar with a little 'of water. Now take these eggs and another mortar, whisk the yolks. Finally, mix them with the colored paste. " Then, on a wooden board covered with plaster, the artist draws a picture and helps the child to draw the color. "This painting, neither the rain nor the wind can ever erase it", thinks the little Giotto. It did not seem real when the painter gave him a bit 'of its colored powders, and promises: "Tomorrow I will come to see your artwork on the stones." A Giotto seems true, however, that makes the dream that night. With colors it gives life to the old stones of houses and buildings. Draw on large spaces and all exclaim: "But what a good painter is this child. Look! His figures seem alive! " It 'a dream so long and intense that, in the morning, his father has come to wake him. "Come on, get up! It 's time to bring the flock to pasture and try the lamb that you have lost. " Giotto walks. On the shoulder he carries a bag with in a bit 'of colored powders. All day he painted on the stones and rocks. He paints them so hard that they forget to look for the lost lamb, you forget to watch the flock, does not hear the bells in the distance mark the hours. She begins to turn brown. Giotto, as if waking from a daydream, he realizes that he was late. "This evening Father will be angry again," he thinks. It is to gather the sheep, when he hears footsteps on the path and the voice of his father calling him. Giotto afraid of being scolded and hides. But then feels more steps, another voice, greetings and his father says: "It 's amazing! The lamb lost yesterday by my son is here. It seems to recognize her mother in your painting on the rock! " "Unfortunately it is not my doing," corrects Cimabue. "No painter I know has ever been able, so far, to make it look like a figure so alive. But I recognize the colors that I gave yesterday to a shepherd boy. If it is your son, I want to talk to him. " Long Cimabue and Giotto Messer Bondone speak of small. And they continue to talk about it in the evening, at home. "The designs are anything but your child scribbles," says Cimabue parents. "Please, let him come to study painting in my studio in Florence." "But it's still so small..."Says the worried mother. "And I need him to look after the sheep," he says thoughtfully father. "And I say to you that I will make him a great painter," he repeats, convinced, Cimabue. "All right!", Finally accepts Messer Bondone. "But I agree with his mother. He's only eight years old. I send it to you when it's a bit 'a little older. " A few years passed and the father keeps his promise. So one morning, Giotto left forever his life as a shepherd. In the workshop, in Florence, quickly learns the ropes, surpassing skill all his companions. "Although it is the smallest, I will choose him as a helper for my new fresco," decided one day Cimabue. It is not easy to make a fresco and the two have to work quickly. We must cover the wall with a mixture of lime and fine sand, and then trace the figures, before the mixture dries, apply the colors. You can not delete anything, nor touch anything, but Giotto works with hand so sure that Cimabue, surprised, leaves him alone to finish the painting. "By now the student has surpassed the master", he thinks. It is not surprised when called precisely his young pupil to fresco the large church dedicated to St. Francis, the mendicant friar who could speak to the wolves, birds ... Giotto then walks towards Assisi. He carries a bag on his shoulder, with in many colored powders. It 'now time for him to paint frescoes, this time, no time can erase.

(From A CHILD CALLED GIOTTO - Paolo Guarnieri)


On 17 September spotlight again focused on Milan, always in the Royal Palace. Under the title "From Raphael to Schiele", the initiative brings in the city of the Universal masterpieces of the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, which include those of Raphael, Tintoretto, Durer, Velasquez, Rubens, Goya, Canaletto, Manet , Cezanne, Gauguin.

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Member since: 2015
Speaks English, Italian
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Calendar last updated:
17 December, 2016


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(9 traveller reviews)

Our Charming house close to Lake Como, Milan and Monza
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 9 reviews

Wonderful Place

  • 5 of 5

My husband and our three children (15, 14, 10) were very impressed by how welcoming the hosts were. They offered to meet us at the train station (we got off on the side of the station that does not have the building, so we missed them). The home is beautiful and the owners right next door to help.

For a very reasonable price they cooked us an authentic Italian meal. I am so glad we took them up on it! Wonderful lasagna, marinated chicken, curry rice, a salad, fried mashed potatoes and chicken. Delectable panna cotta and a home made sweet bread for dessert or breakfast the next morning. They did have other items for breakfast , which we know is a bonus as many places do not! The train is close, but not so close that it bothered us during the night.

It was a treat to stay there. I would go again!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are honored to have hosted a great family like yours, we hope to see you again. 'till next time Amy
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Indeed a charming house

  • 5 of 5

This was indeed a charming and pristine house!

The family gave us a warm welcome. An ideal location for touring Milan and the Lakes, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You have been very polite and respectful guest and for this we thank you. We hope to see you again soon. Amy
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Great house

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was much better than we expected! It was wonderful ! Very cozy, nice and very very clean and large !!! We loved it so much! Owners are unbelievable great!!!!! They are very helpful, friendly and just good people! They got everything what necessary for Italian breakfast and even more! Linen and all other stuff was provided and very clean . If I will stop in Milan I don't have to look for better place, because this on is great! We loved it.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really thanks! It was a pleasure and an honor for us to have you as guest. You are really very nice people, always Had respect of everything and everyone. Every time you would like, you will be more than welcome! Thanks a lot!!
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Séjour parfait!

  • 5 of 5

Confort et propreté assurés. L'appartement était comme sur la photo. La propriétaire était très gentille et serviable. Elle est venue nous attendre à la gare pour faciliter que nous trouvions son appartement. C'était très agréable d'avoir du jus, des fruits et toutes sortes de pain, biscottes et confitures pour déjeuner puisque nous étions arrivées en soirée et que les épiceries étaient fermées. La propriétaire nous a même fait un gâteau qu'elle a laissé sur notre table de cuisine. C'était une belle surprise après une journée passée à visiter. L'appartement est situé à environ 5 minutes à pied du train. On peut se rendre assez facilement en train à Milan et au lac de Côme en environ 30 minutes, et à Bergame en environ 1 heure. Nous y retournerions n'importe quand.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Louise e Louise. Many thanks for your words. We had a very good communication and the house has been managed and left in a perfect order. We really hope to see you again in the future. Amalia
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What an amazing apartment to stay in.

  • 5 of 5

We knew it was a beautiful apartment from the photos we had seen, but the apartment is even more beautiful and spacious than we first thought.

It is ideally situated about as near to Monza as you can get, a 5 minute train ride from Desio, the station is literally around the corner from the apartment, Monza is only two stops away you don't have time to sit down. The trains are every 20 minutes to and from but we never waited more than ten minutes for a train.

While staying at the apartment we had some amazing food cooked for us by Amalia with whom we had rented the apartment from, the whole family were absolutely delightful, they assisted us with everything we needed to know for our stay. There are lovely places to visit in Desio, everything you need on your door step.

I would highly recommend staying at this apartment, we have already booked again for next year.

Enjoy x

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Lorraine and Dave, What can I tell you more than thank you very much for your wonderful review which has deeply touched me. A hug and until next year. Amalia
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Séjour d'une semaine en Lombardie

  • 4 of 5

Accueil très chaleureux de la propriétaire : Amalia et son mari sont très serviables et à disposition pour tout service. L'appartement est soigné, très propre et climatisé. Desio est bien situé, tout proche du lac de Côme et de Milan. Quant à l'Expo universelle elle est accessible directement depuis la gare à proximité. Un séjour très agréable. Merci pour tout.

Jocelyne, Hervé et Louise

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cher Jocelyne, Hervé et Louise Merci pour votre gentillesse, nous espérons vous avoir en tant qu'invité à nouveau. Amalia
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Nearest Airport
26 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
20 Metres
Nearest Ferry
150 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Nearest Train
200 Metres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
40 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
140 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Beautiful apartment, ideal for those who wish to visit Milan and the lakes of Como and Lecco. Ideal for business travelers and want to be "home". The apartment is located 2 minutes from the train station with connections to Milan, Como, Lugano and airports. The railway line allows you to quickly reach the center of Milan, Fiera Milano, the Milan Furniture Fair, Fashion Milan, Expo 2015, Monza race track.


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Prices for this holiday apartment in Desio, Milan

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Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest

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Spese di pulizia £17

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Desio, Italy

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 95 m²
Location Type:
  • town
  • village
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • - 1 Large Double Bed
    - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Both two bedrooms with double bed (160x195) Two extra cots Two bedrooms with double bed (160x195) Two additional single beds
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
Beautiful apartment of 95 square. With 4 + 2 beds; ideal for those who wish to visit Milan and the lakes of Como and Lecco. Ideal for business travelers and want to be "home". The apartment is located 2 minutes from the train station with connections to Milan, Como, Lugano and airports. The railway line allows you to quickly reach the center of Milan, Fiera Milano, the Milan Furniture Fair, Fashion Milan, Expo 2015, Monza race track.

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