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Apartment with breathtaking view over the lake, no car needed

Bedrooms 3
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Downstairs is the open-space living room and kitchen, upstairs are 3 bedrooms

The flagship of Casa dell’Arco is the breathtaking view over the Lake Como. Casa dell’Arco is located in the heart of Varenna, a true urban example of the old Italian villages. Except the main street crossing the village, all others are pedestrian stairs ways (contrada) that bring you down to the lake, ideal for children. The apartment is on top of the building, on two floors and outside the living room are two balconies. The interiors are stylish and modern and the apartment has been completely restored in early 2010. The lake is 20 meters far and in 5’ of pleasant walk along the lake you reach the ferry dock. The train station is only 10' far. Close to the apartment are : pharmacy, grocery, butcher, bank, restaurants and bars. Casa dell’Arco is the ideal location to live the unique atmosphere of Varenna that will make your holiday unforgettable.

Luciana Sala (Mrs)
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, german, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 19, 2017


Varenna Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • botanical garden
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

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Apartment with breathtaking view over the lake, no car needed
average rating of 4.5833335 based on 12 reviews

Great location and modern apartment in Varenna

  • 5 of 5

We were intimidated by some of the reviews about the stairs, but this was NOT a problem for us! There are stairs up to top of apartment building but lots of landings and hallways so it was not bad. The entry to the building was easy to find by using the map in relation to the town plaza. The apartment was very clean and had everything we needed for small meals and cooking. The bed linens were very nice and everything was just as appears in the pictures. The views from the living room and master bedroom were magnificent! We left and drove to Milan airport at 7am on a weekday from apartment and it took about 1.5hrs with traffic. The payment through trasferwise was easy and the fees were minimal compared to a bank transfer. I only wish we would have stayed longer in Varenna.... so much to enjoy on and around the lake. Again, views were amazing!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco

Great place with an amazing view!

  • 4 of 5

We loved our stay there. The view to wake up to is absolutely worth every penny. A downside is there's no air conditioner so it got super warm at night so we had to open the windows which could be extremely noisy when a car or a motorbike passes by. Also, the host only accepts bank transfer so the total cost was higher due to the wire transfer fees.

Other than those 2, it's a GREAT place!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful views from every window and balcony, great location in charming Varenna

  • 4 of 5

We stayed three nights in Casa dell 'Arco in the beautiful and charming hillside town of Varenna overlooking central Lake Como.

After entering the building, a climb of 50 stairs brings you to the apartment's entrance. The apartment has two levels at the top of the building. The living / kitchen area are on the main level in an open floor plan, and the three bedrooms and the bathroom are upstairs.

The moment we entered the apartment we were thrilled with the views. The living area faces the lake, and has two small decks overlooking the red tile roofs of the buildings below, with a 180 degree view of the tops of neighboring buildings, and of the lake and the mountains rising from its far shore.

Upstairs a door separates two of the bedrooms. Access to the back bedroom is through one of the other bedrooms. The front bedroom has a great view.

The apartment's interior is sparsely but adequately furnished. The kitchen includes stove, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, cookware, dishes, silverware, etc. (There is also an automatic coffee maker, but you need to bring your own filters. A small percolator is also available.)

The apartment's location in Varenna was absolutely ideal for us. It is located between the train and ferry stops at one end of town and the main town plaza. The town is very walkable, with mostly pedestrian-only passages and stairways between the buildings. I counted 69 stairs from this apartment building's entrance down the narrow passageway to a very pleasant collection of shops and waterfront restaurants at the edge of a cove on the lake's shoreline.

The only reason I haven't rated it with 5 stars was the requirement to prepay in two installments using wire-transfers. They resulted in an extra $70 fee charged by my credit union for the wire transfers. I wish there were a better way to pay the rental, and avoid those added charges.

Our gracious host, Luciana, helped me understand the process and kept me informed on the payments' progress. She was also provided good instructions on how to find and get into the apartment when we arrived.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Casa dell'Arco, in the completely charming town of Varenna.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean and modern

  • 5 of 5

We loved Varenna and the apartment. The views are truly amazing as are the sunsets. It was a great jumping off spot for everything we needed.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Super location!

  • 5 of 5

We went to Varenna with our three small children. It is just a very nice place, and Luciana's apartment is perfect! Newly renovated, everything works, beautiful views from the balconies and all windows. Two of Varenna's best restaurants are literally just downstairs, and the best pizza take-out in town next to them. The lakefront is 30m down the charming, cobblestone alley. All in all a perfect base for a visit to Como, and Varenna is really the best spot; most charming and least overrun - with the other nice locations (Bellagio, Menaggio etc) just 15mins away by ferry.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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El Cerrito

Amazing Views out of every window!

  • 5 of 5

This apartment is simply amazing. It is a relatively short walk from the train station to the apartment and yes, there are lots of stairs to the front door of the apartment, but once you open that door, you quickly forget the stairs because the views are amazing. All I wanted to do was sit on the balcony and look at the lake. Every window has a view. Truly spectacular. The kitchen is great. We didn't do much cooking, mainly breakfasts, but everything we needed was there. The bedrooms are clean and the beds are comfortable. There are several down comforters available as it was very cold the day we arrived. The bathroom is beautiful and such a big for shower and a rain shower head to boot. There are some great restaurants within easy walking distance as is the ferry to several cute towns across the lake. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and wish it could have been longer. Luciana was very responsive to our problem with the faucet handle in the shower.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
20 Metres
Nearest Ferry
500 Metres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Nearest Train
500 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
20 Metres
Nearest Ski
20 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
20 Metres
Car: not necessary

Thanks to the central position on Lake of Como, you can easily visit the most attractive places on the lake. Old villas, typical villages like Bellagio, Menaggio, Gravedona and many others and reach the different beaches on the lake coast. In 10' you can take a train that brings you to Milano, Bergamo, Como in not more than an hour time. Other places you can reach in 1h drive are : Lugano, St. Moritz, different Alps best sites as Passo dello Spluga., Passo San Marco. Walking paths bring you to the villages of Vezio Castle, Gisazio, Bologna in the nature with breathtaking view sites. In half an hour drive you can take the path that brings you to the top of Grigna mountain (2400 mts.). A guide is recommended. You can find any kind of attraction as sport activities: wind surfing, swimming, trekking; historical guided visits and shopping in towns.


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Final Cleaning $69.16

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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