Ca de l'Üga Dulza means 'House of the Sweet Grape' in the local dialect of Lezzeno, a small town just south of Bellagio. Enjoy the sweet life from your perch on the hillside overlooking the dazzling scenery. Villa Ca de l'Üga Dulza is beautifully appointed with exposed-beam ceilings, stylish custom-made furnishings, high-end linens and modern amenities (including free WiFi access). Each of the two bedrooms boasts a comfortable designer queen bed and ample wardrobe, as well as a built-in handmade desk area of Italian walnut. The back bedroom has an adjacent en-suite bathroom with shower, and the second bath off the front hallway boasts an oversized shower, and a view of the lake. The living room offers both a balcony and a comfortable sofa for watching movies or listening to music on your iPod-ready home theater system as you relax after a long day of sightseeing ... or food tasting and wine sipping!
SPORTS & OUTDOORS: Sports enthusiasts and other athletically inclined souls will be overwhelmed by the scope of activities available. Spectacular hiking trails include the Strada Regia (the ancient Roman 'Royal Road'), which passes just outside our doors and stretches from the edges of Bellagio to Como, as well as countless others looping around the surrounding mountains and sloping shores. A short walk down to the water makes it possible to take advantage of water skiing or wakeboard lessons with world champions through the local water-sports organization. Bike or kayak rentals are also available for those who prefer to adventure independently. Organized biking and horseback outings are available through companies in Bellagio.
DINING & SHOPPING: Those with a more gustatory bent will revel in the many fine restaurants, charming wine bars, and small shops selling local specialties. (Not to mention the gelaterias.) And, of course, there are dozens of small shops full of treasures in nearby Bellagio or Como for those looking to find the perfect souvenirs for themselves or special gifts for friends and family.
WINE TASTING: The nearby Valtellina (full-bodied reds and elegant whites) and Franciacorta (sparkling) wine regions make fantastic wines. Many participate in the Open Winery weekend at the end of May, Glasses of Stars in mid-August, Harvest Welcome in September, San Martino day tastings and food pairings, and Christmas in Cantina in December.
Originally from California, I lived in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts before moving to Italy for nine years.
I fell in love with Lake Como from the moment I first arrived in 2003.
I love Lezzeno because it's close and convenient to the central lake area (being adjacent to Bellagio), but not directly in the thick of things when the summer crowds descend. It's a small village (though the longest on the lake at 7 km end-to-end), full of hard-working residents, most of whom have lived here since birth. While most of Bellagio runs on tourism, Lezzeno is powered by its numerous artisans and tiny ground-floor factories. In my biased opinion, the apartment has the most beautiful perspective on the lake, directly across from the only island as well as the stunning Villa Balbianello (a frequent film location and one of the world's perfect spots for a summer aperitivo) and high enough up the hill to keep road noise to a bare minimum while panoramas are maximized. Because the apartment was originally conceived as a home away from home for close friends and family (as well as my own hideout when I need a quiet place to write), I spent a great deal of time striving to make it as welcoming and comfortable as possible.
Extremely convenient to Bellagio & central lake area, but off the beaten path, Lezzeno boasts 5 restaurants, 3 bars, several small groceries, and a public beach.
*Enjoy the annual June fireworks spectacular over Isola Comacina while sipping champagne on the balcony
*Tour the gardens of centuries-old villas at the height of azalea season in April/May
*Attend one of Villa Balbianello's exclusive Happy Hours with live music at the height of summer
*Rent a motorboat and tool around the lake for the day, docking for lunch at a lakeside restaurant
*Hike one of the many trails crisscrossing the surrounding mountains or stroll along a shoreline promenade
*Learn to waterski or wakeboard at the watersports center five minutes' walk down the hill
*Go sailing, kitesurfing, or windsurfing in the northern branch of the lake
*Take in a winery tour or tasting in nearby Valtellina or Franciacorta
*Race down powdery winter slopes or tackle cross-country trails within 1-2 hours' drive
Other Activities: Shopping, Historic Villas, Kayaking, Boating, Wakeboarding
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event||Minimum Stay|
|Refundable damage deposit||$250.00|
|Final cleaning, weekly linen supply, and all taxes included in listed rates.
Sunday changeovers cannot be accommodated (i.e., if a guest is scheduled to depart on a given Sunday, that date cannot be booked for arrival, and vice versa).
Only week-long+ 2014 bookings will be accepted through the end of 2013. Shorter stays will be considered beginning in January 2014.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.
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