Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

Casa Mara, luxurious house in the center of Varenna with balcony above the lake

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Spacious house by the lake. 1st floor, 5 bed places. In the town center!

Casa Mara, a spacious, cozy and romantic holiday house, is at the first floor of a historical building in the center of the beautiful Varenna. The house is located in the most famous area of Varenna. We are a stone's throw from the water, that is to say only 16 feet (5 meters) separates our door from the shore: too few not to feel the duty to have an appetizer with a cocktail over the terrace by looking at the sunset. Nevertheless, being in the city center provides Casa Mara with a collection of bars, restaurants, and cellars in the surroundings. Casa Mara consists of two floors, 120 square meters and can comfortably host up to 7 people.

A complete restoration of the historical building ended in May 2016. The modern quality furniture is matched with some old furnishings of the nineteenth century. Many details have been carefully restored. In Casa Mara you will find a modern apartment in the historical center. All the comforts inserted into a historical frame will bring your holiday on a higher level. On the main floor there are two bedrooms: one with a queen-size bed and a direct access to the balcony, and a second one provided with a queen-size bed and a single bed. On the same floor there is an open-space room composed of an Italian-styled kitchen and a dining room. The first bathroom with shower and toilette is on the main floor, too. From the open-space, you can access to our balcony over the lake, which you can look at the shore from. From the open-space there is also a direct access to the attic, having a beautiful and living room, also accounted as one of the best view room of the lake. The spectacular sight of the whole Como Lake is what most precious we can offer to our guests. In the attic there are also a bedroom (with two comfortable chaise longue) and a toilette. The availability of the toilette is exclusively linked to the third bedroom, if booked.

Casa Mara is directly managed by the owners, that means a big consideration for the cure and the presentation of the house.

The perfect destination for your relaxing, family, or romantic holidays. By sitting on the armchairs and looking at the sunset, by watching the swans swimming below your feet, or by drinking a glass of good Italian wine with your friends in the true heart of a typical Italian village, you will enjoy your Italian holiday.

The third bedroom is included starting from the 6th guest. Otherwise for smaller groups it is available for 30€/night. For more information about the rooms, write us an e-mail. Only the booked rooms will be available to the guests.

Check-in is available from 16:00 to 20:00

Check-out must be done by 10:00

You can require a baby cot for 70€/week

A further discount of 50€ is applied for staying starting on Saturday and of one of more weeks.

More Details

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 21, 2018

About Marco

We are a family that has rented this wonderful house since 2010.

Marco purchased this house in 2010

What makes this house unique

This house is unique! You will find no other balconies in Varenna like the ours. You will relax looking at the sunset from an armchair on our balcony; you will see swans that swim below you or the waves breaking on the rocks.


Varenna House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16.00 / Check-out: 10.00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bagno - toilet , shower , bidet
    - toilet , bidet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Camera doppia - 1 queen
    Camera tripla - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    - 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

100% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Casa Mara, luxurious house in the center of Varenna with balcony above the lake
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Lovely Apartment & wonderful Location!

  • 5 of 5

This apartment was absolutely lovely! Extremely clean and in close proximity to everything you want to explore in Varenna. The "loft" at night was a nice place to sit, relax and look out to the other shoreline. It is within close waking distance to a number of good restaurants and shops. The owners were very helpful in telling us about the area, and how to use the different appliances, etc. They also provided us with many "starter" goodies on our first night! We would definitely recommend this for anyone who wants to be in the heart of Varenna.. but can enjoy the quiet.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Ronald for the review. We are looking forward to seeing you again!
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Excellent stay !

  • 5 of 5

Great stay , met by Marco's Dad at the ferry and escorted to the property. The place was perfect for our family of four. Location you cannot beat, many fantastic restaurants and bars very close by. All in all a fantastic stay with really good accommodation .

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Perfect location in Varenna!

  • 5 of 5

Varenna was magical and this location really helped make it happen. First, I cannot say enough about Varenna and its charm -- definitely earned its nickname as the jewel of Lake Como. As for the rental, everything started on great note when we were met at train station by owners and greeted to quick introductory walk through town. Rental is exactly as listed -- steps from beach (and two gelaterias) and in center of town so you can access everything easily, including ferry. Unit was also quite spacious for our family of five and immaculate and the viewing area was perfect way to unwind and watch sunset each day. We would definitely stay here again (and hope to do so next time our travels bring us this way).

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

A Real Gem in Varenna!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in this lovely apartment in charming Varenna in September. What a gem! The photos are accurate of this well furnished apartment with its cute, small balcony. Lake views from it and other rooms. We were very comfortable here for a week. (The bed pillows may not be as soft as some are used to.) The kitchen is well equipped and there is a nice sized bathroom with ample storage, as well as a washing machine. Being able to use a washer was really helpful for us, since this was in the middle of our 3 1/2 week trip to northern Italy. Use the line over the alley to dry clothes.

Fabio was a delight to work with. He emailed us a nicely compiled Welcome Booklet about Casa Mara and Varenna, which was very helpful. His brother, Marco, met us at the train station and walked with us to the apartment, giving us a commentary about Varenna along the way. We met mama Mara at the apartment. Wonderful people.

Varenna is a very charming pedestrian-only village on the steep, eastern slope of Lake Como. The road goes along the top of Varenna and then there are a few cobbled pathways and lots of steep steps in Varenna. Since there are only a few shops, the village is not very touristy, which we loved. But, there are several really good restaurants, some of which you have to reserve a few days in advance (See reviews on We had our best meals of the trip here.

We loved the location of Casa Mara, which was about halfway up the steps from the lake. You do need to be fairly fit, since the apartment is up another flight of inside steps, too. But, we are 71 and did okay. We also liked the fact that Varenna is mid-lake. Everything is very accessible from there and it is fun to take the ferries to the many sights & towns. (Be sure to ask for a senior fare and show your passport to verify age.)

We couldn't have asked for a more enjoyable week than the one we spent at Casa Mara in Varenna on Lake Como. We left a little bit of our heart there. We would love to return!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for all the compliments, we have really appreciated them. We're looking forward to host you again!
Did you find this review helpful?
11 0
Dallas, Texas

Wonderful apartment!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this apartment for one week in July. The location is perfect! You can walk to shops, restaurants, the train station and to the ferry dock within minutes. Although we explored the other towns on the lake, Varenna was by far our favorite---so, so charming! The apartment is absolutely lovely and the terrace is fabulous! We spent every minute we could on the terrace looking out at the beautiful lake! Fabio was great to deal with for the reservation and Paolo was a delight for check-in. He met us at the train station and helped us with our luggage as we walked to the apartment. Paolo even drove us to our hotel near the airport in Milan at the end of our stay! We look forward to staying at Casa Mara again in the future!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for having chosen our holiday house. I really look forward to meeting you again, Fabio
Did you find this review helpful?
7 0
Palm Springs, CA

Perfect Apartment

  • 5 of 5

We recently spent a week at Casa Mara. We echo all the positive comments that have been made by previous guests. Perfect location, lovely apartment, and amazing hosts. The best restaurants in Varenna are all within walking distance and the apartment is convenient to everything. We can't say enough about Fabio.The reservation and confirmation process was easy and he was always in communication with us. He is an extraordinary host and responsive to your every need.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
6 0


Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Bergamo Orio al Serio / Milano Linate
Nearest Ferry
200 Metres
Ferry Boat
Nearest Train
500 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
10 Metres
Vecchia Varenna
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Madesimo ski center
Car: not necessary

Varenna is a municipality on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60 km north of Milan and about 20 km northwest of Lecco.

The municipality of Varenna contains the subdivision Fiumelatte, home to Italy’s shortest river.

Varenna is also known as “The pearl of the Como Lake“, because of its amazing lake-view, its beautiful landscapes, and the coexistence of both lake and mountain.



- From airports BY TRAIN:

- From Malpensa International Airport take a shuttle bus (this is one of the many bus companies: Malpensa Shuttle) to “Milano Centrale” (Central Milan railway station). Then follow the advices below (From Milan Central Railway Station).

- From Linate Airport take a shuttle bus (this is one of the many bus companies: Starfly Shuttle) to “Milano Centrale” (Central Milan railway station). Then follow the advices below (From Milan Central Railway Station).

- From Orio al Serio Airport take a shuttle bus (this is one of the many bus companies: Orio Shuttle) to “Milano Centrale” (Central Milan railway station). Then follow the advices below (From Milan Central Railway Station).

- From airports BY ROAD (we recommend using Google Maps or a satellite navigator):

- From Malpensa International Airport take the A336 to the A8, take the Milan direction then take A4 (direction Venice). Take the SP5 exit and head toward Lecco on the SS36. Turn off this autostrada to Varenna and Mandello. Distance is approximately 107Km.

- From Linate Airport, take the A1 toward Monza, then the A4, West, then join the SS26 and follow the same directions as above, but distance is approx. 80km.

- From Orio al Serio Airport, take the SS342, North West toward Lecco, then join the SS36 and turn off this autostrada to Varenna and Mandello. Distance is approximately 55Km.


Take the train to Tirano. Get off at ”Varenna - Esino” railway station. No stopover, the train is direct (stops are: Monza, Lecco, Varenna-Esino).

The trip takes 1:03 hours.

You can book tickets on Trenitalia website.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fixed cost $496.28

- CHILD COT: 70€/stay
- INTERNET: 0€/stay

- RATES are for 2 people
- The prices are negotiable

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

You might like these similar properties