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Cimavilla: Restored Charming Medieval Patrician Home in Swiss-Italy

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Soazza Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Soazza is a village located along the eastern border of Switzerland and Italy.

Private Realms offers beautiful Swiss-Italian Lake District vacation home rental in the Italian part of Switzerland commonly known as 'Swiss Italy.' The Lugano/Bellinzona area lies on the southern slopes of the Alps in the Swiss-Italian Lake District that consists of Lake Lugano, Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, Lake Idro, and Lake Varese. The Swiss-Italian border is at Lake Como.

Cimavilla circa 1335: The Ticino

Located in Italian-speaking south Switzerland, Cimavilla circa 1335 is a historic landmark, presenting an eighteen-room patrician stone home with granite roofs that cascade down the hill to the nearby village of Soazza. This circa 1335 stone house also has private North and South Wing apartments for guests, each with separate entrances: The Cimavilla North Wing Apartment is No.130; and the Cimavilla South Wing Apartment No.129.

Located in Soazza, an Italian-speaking village of 350 people, the property looks north to Mesocco Castle, Switzerland’s largest castle. It is 10 miles north of Bellinzona (Ticino capital); 10 miles south of the San Bernardino ski area. It is 15 miles northeast of Lake Maggiore, the second largest lake in Italy, placing it halfway between Lake Orta and Lake Lugano. Lake Maggiore extends for about 65 kilometers (40 miles) between Locarno and Arona. Lugano is a mere 25 minutes from Soazza as is Ascona, the home of Hermann Hesse.

All of these locations offer festivals, dining, events, boating, art galleries, and shops galore. However, many of our guests, once ensconced in Cimavilla and the quaint Village of Soazza, rarely leave!

Cimavilla's North Wing Apartment

The North Wing Apartment consists of three large rooms, converted from the original building, and has been authentically restored under the auspices of the Swiss government to maintain its historic standing. Views north are to Mesocco Castle; our North Wing looks out on the Castle as well as palm trees! The North Wing offers a master bath/spa with Jacuzzi tub, steam-shower, and sauna; the modern kitchen is open and combined with the living room; the master bedroom offers two single beds, joined together. The North Wing is situated on two floors with a handcrafted stairway to the master bath, a private sitting patio, and a common garden with bench and table. Internet and cell service is available: no TV.

Cimavilla South Wing Apartment

Having its own separate entrance, the Cimavilla South Wing Apartment is smaller than Cimavilla North and has only one bedroom with a queen bed, full bath, and kitchenette. Though more modest in size, this lovely South Wing Apartment offers everything one would need, while exploring the nearby Alps and Lakes. Internet and cell service is available: no TV.

The Main House

This 18-room patrician stone home was completely restored with the help of the Swiss government in 2001-2003; and was furnished in 2004-2006. A unique architectural feature is its covered wooden bridge ('passerella'), connecting what were originally two separate houses in 1709. Another distinctive attribute is an historic wood paneled library with a traditional granite radiant fire stove.

Cimavilla circa 1335 has been painstakingly restored together with its North and South Wing Apartments ... all with contemporary kitchens, bathrooms, and decorated with both country antique and contemporary furnishings.

At present we only rent the North and South Wing Apartments. However, the owner would be pleased to enter into discussion regarding the rental of the main home should the right situation arise.


While staying in Cimavilla, you can enjoy beautiful views of the Mesolcina Alps as well as the San Martino and San Rocco Churches. Cimavilla is one of the most beautiful Swiss-Italian Lake District vacation home rentals available: it is private; painstakingly restored; and is centrally located to all of the Italian Lakes as well as art events, restaurants, local grottos ... and more.

The main activity while in Soazza will be discovering this small, historic village: its art, history, architecture, and its unsurpassed mountainous beauty while soaking up the unique combination of Swiss and Italian cultures. Nature abounds so one will definitely want to go hiking, walking, and/or skiing in the Alps for a truly once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 16, 2016



Nearest Airport
38 Miles
Closest regional airport is Lugano Airport
Nearest Train
100 Miles
Zurich Airport to catch train
Nearest Restaurant
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
San Bernardino
Car: necessary

The whole of the Italian Lake District is available by car in 20 to 30 minutes for touring, shopping, art galleries, events, festivals, boat excursions and so much more. History abounds as does ancient architecture if one is willing to seek out old castles and churches.


Rates & Availability

Soazza Apartment Rental Rates

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Standard Rates
Nov 6 2015 - Dec 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $7 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping/Maintenance $125
Refundable damage deposit $250

Cimavilla 1335 has been carefully and lovingly restored. It is not only a historic building in Switzerland but a personal treasure chest of beauty both inside and out for the owners. We expect our guests to honor the work, the art, decorations, et al. as if these were their own.

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Soazza Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • North Apartment - toilet , shower , jetted tub , All modernized and stunning with plush towels and amenities.
    South Apartment - toilet , tub , shower , Every aspect if modern and plush.
  • North Apartment has the luxury spa-bath with steam shower and Jacuzzi tub. South Apartment has a full tub and all the basic needs. These restored facilities were as of 2006.
  • Studio, Sleeps 5
  • North Apartment bedroom is a section of the oldest part of the Villa and has two beds that are joined per the visitor's request prior to arrival. South Apartment has one queen bed in a lovely restored part of the Villa with exquisite views. See our listing for more detail.
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • ski privileges optional
Outstanding nature, vistas, forests, hiking, skiing, fishing. An ideal getaway for couple or small family. Pets are welcome.

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