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Eco-friendly villa in Bergamo, nestling amongst the northern lakes

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights


Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday villa in Mapello - Casa Amici del Bosco

Self-catering villa with hot-tub surrounded by woodland for up to 8/10 people

Eco-friendly villa in one of Italy's best kept secret towns amongst the northern lakes which can accommodate up to 8 people. Situated in the hillside of Bergamo, a medieval walled town, close to the shopping Mecca of Milan, the beautiful villages of Lake Iseo, Como, Garda and ski-resorts of the Brembana and Seriana's Valley.

The refurbished property has been adapted with sustainable local materials, in keeping with the surrounding picturesque woodland, winding roads and eye-catching views of open countryside. Each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with both shower and bath and a balcony. There is a big indoor dining area with open fireplace, a state of the art country-kitchen, pation with dining area and a terrace with hot-tub and sun-lounges.

On request we can arrange a chef to come to the villa and cook local dishes.

We can also organise city tour with an English speaking guide

x: Surely the most important province's winter station placed at Brembana Valley limb.

Modern and wide looking, Foppolo offers to ski lovers its long tracks suitable for novices and not only. Because of the good spot where Foppolo is located, the snow mantle is well kept untill late spring. Station of international level, it's surely the most known bergamasca and lombarda ski station.

The resort has direct access to 70km of downhill piste with 18 individual pistes served by 8 ski lifts. The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With skiing above 2000 metres, snow cover is generally reliable.

San Simone ski resort: 8 km from Foppolo, San Simone is one of the most suggestive areas of the Brembana Valley. Especially indicated for those who love to ski at direct contact with nature, San Simone is what you need for your weekends.

The different skills tracks offer fun for novices and experts skiers. This high Brembana Valley' station is the most 'spartan' place of the whole Bergamasco alpine arc. That's because at the time of its creation the skiing matter was the major priority than anything else there.

A very efficentclimb station has been built to better manage the large amount of people who every weekend populate the plants. Besides the usual tracks, the skier has the chance to 'draw' his own tracks on an always substantial snow mantle.

Valtorta ski resort: The ski station of Valtorta Piani di Bobbio is the newest in Brembana Valley. The connection with Piani di Bobbio makes this ski station one of the up modern ski Station in Lombardy. The Ski Station is composed most by intermediate slopes (red), however is pretty good indicated for novices and the experts can enjoy at the slopes called 'Cedrino', 'Nube Bianca' and 'Tre Signori', which are usually the richest of snow and they hold out with snow across the months

The Ski Arear is placed at the center of a cirlce, composed by beautiful mountains leaded by Pizzo Tre Signori

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Italian Hideaways
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, Spanish, Italian
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Calendar last updated:
3 October, 2016
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based on 17 holidaymaker reviews

Eco-friendly villa in Bergamo, nestling amongst the northern lakes
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 17 reviews
Valladolid, Spain

Amigos del bosque

  • 5 of 5

La "Casa Amici del Bosco " hace honor a su nombre. Trato muy cordial, Simona la encargada de la casa es un encanto, y sobre todo nos pesa no haber tenido más tiempo para disfrutar de la casa y el entorno.

Prometemos regresar pronto.

Muy recomendable.

Desde Pucela, Valladolid.


  • Review Submitted: Jun 1, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2009
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Excellent Retreat

  • 5 of 5

A group of 5 of us went to stay at this property. It was ideal for us having 4 bedrooms each with en--suite facilities.

The owner, Simona, is very friendly and helpful and, due to our very delayed arrival (nearly midnight) arranged for us to be met in the village so that we would not get lost driving to the villa.

The villa itself is superb set in a beautiful location. It is tranquil and very well stocked with everything you need. We hadn't realised that it is in a fairly remote location so driving is a necessity. However this was not a problem. There is a very large supermarket just a few kms away and we stocked up on supplies and became self-sufficient for most of our stay enjoying the facilities and tranquillity of the villa.

We found a superb, family run. restaurant in a nearby town (Ambivere) called Trattoria Visconti. It's about 10-15 minute drive from the villa and there is parking on site. The food and service there is excellent and we visited twice during our stay.

All in all a very enjoyable holiday

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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Wonderful stay

  • 4 of 5

This is a wonderful getaway in a central location in northern Italy. The villa was well equipped and had excellent amenities. The porch and the outside areas were beautiful and comfortable for large parties. I would definitely recommend this!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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Lovely villa in a quiet secluded spot

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our time at the Casa del Bosco. We used it as a base for going to the Italian Grand Prix and it worked very well indeed. We drove to a train station about 10 mins away (not Bergamo) and parked there and went on from there. The villa itself is lovely and very quiet, up above the village. Great modern bathrooms and lovely bedrooms, with a great hot tub to relax in of an evening. Simona and the lady who came to show us in were both extremely helpful, with excellent tips as to where to eat - best gluten free pizza restaurant ever in a little town nearby which was perfect for us. Would highly recommend this place as we had a wonderful week there.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
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Beautiful Place to stay

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a wonderful stay at a beautiful location in a fabulous home. Simona was exceptional in her service, even making recommendations of places and sights to see, which again my family and I loved every minute. From Bergamo, to lake Como to Expo in Milan all of which added to one of our favourite family holidays ever. A special mention to Cristina, the housekeeper who greeted us on arrival and could not do enough to make sure we where well looked after. Thank you Simona for letting us stay at your beautiful home, we will return.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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  • 5 of 5

Fantastic villa in quiet locaction.Excellent bedrooms and bathrooms.Extremely well equipped.Managed by Paulo and we were thoroughly spoilt,entertained and made welcome by him and his staff.I would recommend having a local chef.Only small gripe,no wifi at present although I am told it is planned.prompt and hassel free booking through the owner,thank you Simona.Regards Peter

  • Review Submitted: May 21, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2011
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Owner's Response: Wi-Fi is now available at the villa Simona
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Bergamo Orio Al Serio
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Trattoria Visconti
Car: necessary

Bergamo is a charming city divided into two. Citta’ Alta is the upper walled part of the city. Perched on a hilltop, it enjoys views of the city below and features narrow medieval streets, Renaissance palaces and impressive monuments, such as Colleoni Chapel.

The lower city (Citta’ Bassa) is home to Accademia Carrara art museum plus other galleries and many churches featuring magnificent works of art by Lorenzo Lotto.

Away from town, visitors will find an endless haven of picturesque countryside and a range of activities plus shopping - with fashion capital Milan easily accessible.

Just north of Bergamo is Italy’s lake district, home of Iseo, Garda, Como and Maggiore. These narrow long lakes are of glacial origin and make a picturesque setting as blue waters meet lush green mountains.

In winter, within an hour drive from the villa, you can reach several ski resorts, either in the Brembana's valley or Seriana's valley.

Other Activities: Cookery lesson

Ski: Within an hour drive from the villa you can reach the ski resorts of the Brembana and Seriana Valleys.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Mapello, Lombardy

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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £267

Price are per villa. If group is less then 4 we might apply a discount.
Possibility to rent room by room on B&B basis. Price Euro 110 for a double with continental breakfast.
Easter week and hal term Euro 1,800
Christmas and New Years week Euro 2,000
For rental period of two week and more, discount might apply.
30% non refundable deposit when booking, balance 6 weeks before

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Mapello in Lombardy

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 200 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 1 and 4 are top-quality modern style, while bathroom 2 and 3 are top quality Victorian style
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , can be divide in two single beds
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , can be divide in two single beds
  • Each bedroom has an ensuite bathroom, a balcony and a flat screen TV
  • Audio Tape Player
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain climbing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
The renovation works of the villa followed the principles of bio-architecture. Heating and hot water come from solar panels integrated with wood-burner. Before entering the house the water is treated, making it soft and good for cooking and gentle on your skin. All the cleaning products are chemical-free and we encourage our clients to dispose the rubbish in the recycle bin. If request, our chef will cook local dishes using fresh ingredients coming from local farmers

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