Welcome to Casa di Mezzo, a lovely apartment located in the village of Varenna, on the shore of Italy’s Lake Como. Just 60 steps from the water, this romantic apartment’s rooms look onto two picturesque cobblestone pedestrian-only streets in the heart of Varenna’s old quarter. There is a side view of the lake from this recently renovated second floor apartment (no elevator), situated in a restored building that originated in the 16th century. It is beautifully furnished with the work of local artisans, and ideal for two persons. This cozy & romantic retreat has a queen-sized bed, shuttered windows and high ceilings. It features independent heating and a bathroom with shower. There is a fully equipped, sleek new kitchen with granite countertops. Free WI-FI access in the apartment.
The apartment is within walking distance of Varenna’s villa gardens, historic churches, and fine restaurants. Nearby are Villa Cipressi, and Villa Monastero, two of the lake's most graceful gardens. The lakeside promenade affords unforgettable views of the village and of the opposite shore. The village piazza features two historic churches: San Giorgio, built over an ancient temple, and the church of San Giovanni Battista, one of the oldest on the lake. Varenna's records date it to 769 BC. A former fishing village, it is built on its original Roman layout, and was fortified in the middle ages. The apartment’s street still retains features from the middle ages. Ancient Castello Vezio, said to have been the last home of Theodolinda, Queen of the Lombards, can be reached by a 20-minute climb up a steep footpath and affords spectacular views.
No car is needed in Varenna. Archways and narrow lanes (which eventually end at the lake) grace the town. Varenna has been called one of the best-preserved locations on Lake Como. The train station is a 7-minute walk. The passenger and car ferries are also minutes away, reaching the exquisite villages, gardens and villas that dot the lakeshore. From Varenna’s central position, one can easily get to all other wonderful locations on the lake such as Bellagio & Menaggio.
Lake Como is located in northern Italy, where Italy meets the Alps. Varenna is in its mid section, one hour by car, train or bus from Milan. It is 4 hours from Venice or Florence. Protected by the Alpi Orobie mountains, it has a mild microclimate, with palm trees and lush tropical flowers that rim the lake. Winters are slightly warmer, and summers cooler than the rest of Italy.
This non-smoking apartment is available 12 months of the year.
Please also see our sister property in Tuscany, La Ginestra, VRBO #433117, a lovely cottage for two, located midway between Florence and Rome.
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