About this listing
Welcome to beautiful Lake Como and this cozy and fresh place. It's our private, loved holiday nest. We wish to make the stay of our Airbnb guests valuable for an affordable cost. Have some peaceful days, and get close to Italian culture in the area.
This is our loved holiday apartment, in the traditional rural village house we share with our brother/brother in law.
The attic apartment on second/top floor is about 35 m2, bright, newly renovated, well presented and located in a genuine area. It has a sparse and functional Scandinavian touch, decorated with love. You are the only guests at your stay. Our house itself is a small typical old building, renovated to keep three small flats. It is connected in a row with a couple of other old houses by the small, calm village road. By the front side to the lake you have an astonishing view of the lake and mountains over the village roofs. On the off side you have sight of the neighboring houses, the mountains, and sloping grasslands.
The apartment is just 700 meters walk from "our" children friendly beach, embedded in nature. Colico center with it's port piazza, restaurants and cafes is easy accessible by the main road, or by the old countryside roads, three kilometers away.
In close walking distance are two small groceries - one with fantastic freshly baked bread for your breakfast or picnic -, bars and typical restaurants. In the area lives almost exclusively locals, and you will experience the calm atmosphere of a semi rural every day, with the breathtaking panorama of the lake and mountains all around you.
The kitchen is equipped for six people. The bathroom has carefully selected tile. The beds are comfortable. The bunk bed is 90 + 140 cm, the sofa-bed is 120 cm wide. The towels provided are of good quality. You get a change of beddings/towels if staying more than a week. A washing machine is in the flat.
WiFi, computer with TV are included. Two bikes with bicycle baskets are free to use during your stay.
Air conditioner isn't every house standard in the area, and is not installed in our little vacation apartment either (yet =)). During summer heat peaks, around 35 degrees Celsius can occur outdoors occasionally. Thick walls, and prealpin winds might cool off the place, but we can't rule out some heat inside. A table fan is in the apartment. If you are sensitive to heat we suggest you to find another place with air condition amenities.
In our place we have collected maps, information and tips on things and restaurants to experience. See also our Guide/location map in this ad. We would love to give you any more suggestions of things to explore in the area if you want to.
Interaction with Guests
Our aim is to share our humble private vacation apartment with you and offer you a pleasant stay for your holiday experiences, with respect for your privacy. Please don't hesitate to contact us for any questions or concerns.
We hope your stay will be a pleasant experience. Here you have opportunities for sunbathing, swimming and water sports like windsurfing, kite surfing, canoeing and sailing.
From here you can easily reach many trails suitable for everyone from tourists to advanced professionals. In the area there are also about 1000 lead climbing routes, both multi-pitch and single. You can also find bouldering and canyoning.
During winter season the flat is an ideal starting point to reach the many ski resorts in the area.
During summer season there is a wide range of classical and contemporary concerts and festivals around the lake, besides other cultural exhibitions and events.
From Colico you can take the ferry to many of the other beautiful Lake Como towns and attractions. Experience also by car the wonderful coastline. Enjoy excursions to cultural, historic, picturesque towns and villages. Walk in the breathtaking pre-alpine landscape and nature. Get gastronomic delights of the Italian and local cuisine.
90 km from Milan, and 80 km from Bergamo with it's medieval part 'Citta Alta' and musical events, allows for day trips.
If you just want to relax a couple of days, as well, this is the place.
HOW TO GET HERE
It is easy to get here by car; exit at Piona from SS36 Milan-Lecco-Valtellina is 500m. Close to the house you have a safe, public parking space.
Coming by train is also very convenient. The local train station (Piona) is located at a 500m distance from the house.
If you arrive from the town Como you can chose to take the bus along the west side of the lake, to Colico (2 hours trip). You can also take the ferry and get a marvelous sight (2-4 hours trip).
The nearest airports are Milano Malpensa and Milano Linate, and the airport at Bergamo. Public transportation from them is a convenient choice, if not renting a car.
In your Airbnb Itinerary as booked guest, we give you detailed info about how to get here, public communication and taxi facilities. But please don't hesitate to get back to us for any questions or concerns.
Other Things to Note
LAGO DI COMO
Lake Como is Italy's third largest lake, the maximum width is 4,5 km, length 46 km. The location and the geography of Lake Como gives a combination of continental and mediterranean climate in the area. The greenery is healthy and lush with palm trees and mediterranean plants in parks and around villas. These are intermingled with more upland flora in nature.
Our two bikes with bicycle baskets take you around. (Our beach by Laghetto Bay a sunny day in end of October.) Have a look in the Location/Guide map at the bottom of this Airbnb ad for advices on excursions. In the flat we leave you many maps and brochure
Het appartement was werkelijk perfect. Schoon, modern ingericht, van alle gemakken voorzien en ruim genoeg voor 2 personen. Het uitzicht over de baai van Piona was ook erg mooi en precies zoals op de foto’s. De periode dat wij aanwezig waren was het erg warm, 36 graden, waardoor het in het appartement ook erg warm was. Ik had best meer willen betalen als er ook een airco aanwezig was, maar je kan niet alles hebben in het leven. Wij zullen zeker dit appartement aanbevelen bij anderen.
Het appartement is geweldig ingericht. Aan alle voorzieningen zijn gedacht, dat tot in de kleinste details. Een prima plek om als uitvalsbasis te gebruiken voor het Como Meer en de omgeving.
The Apartment was very clean and tastefully decorated. as hosts always available and eager to feel comfortable there. Area was quiet and very close to the lake.
I loved this apartment; I stayed for a month and was sad to leave. The apartment itself is bright and open with everything you could need. The view of the lake and mountains filled my heart with joy and peacefulness. The apartment was clean and comfortable. Kristina and Graziano left me some prosecco and antipasti in the refrigerator which was very kind, and the kitchen was well stocked with condiments and coffee. The bathroom has a window so that you get both air and light, and the shower has good pressure and hot water. The bedroom has storage space, a comfortable bed, and big window with a wonderful view of the mountains.
The neighborhood is rural and absolutely beautiful. You are surrounded by mountains. The Bay of Piona with its beach/boating/kite surfing area is an easy 1/2 mile walk down a road just outside the apartment. For hikers, the Viandante, a trail starting near Lecco and ending just north of Colico, comes through the mountains just above the apartment. It connects the towns on the eastern side of the lake so you can catch the train at the Piona station, take it to Bellano, Varenna, Dervio, etc. and walk the trail to the next town then take the train back or walk off the trail at Posallo and walk right to the apartment! The trails are well marked and there are many others besides the Viandante.
Just walking from village to village, all of which are very close, or just around the hills above the apartment is interesting and with amazing views wherever you are. History is everywhere in the stone and masonry homes and out buildings covered in vines and brightly colored flowers which are abundant and of every color imagineable.
How nice it is to walk right next door to the paneterria and buy fresh bread in the morning and pick out cheeses and meats for the day's picnic! You can also purchase other supplies such as bottled water, condiments, and pasta.
Colico is only 3km away, and it makes a nice walk to go up through Villatico and enjoy the countryside and view and then into Colico for lunch/dinner and then spend some time on Piazza Gharibaldi on the waterfront with some gelato, a good book or just watching people as they stroll along the waterfront. Walk back along the lower road which will take you peacefully past farms and fields and gardens high with corn and other vegetables. Walk down to the beach on the bay and watch the sunset.
Other towns on the lake are reached easily by taking the train to Varenna, a short 12 min ride, and then connecting with the many ferries that come into Varenna. Colico does not have many ferries, but you can catch the C10 bus to the towns on the western shore.
Kristina and Graziano are gracious and kind hosts who look out for your needs and answer your questions Immediately.
You will not want to leave!
We had a lovely stay in this apartment - it is newly renovated so everything is beautiful and sparkling. We did not meet Graziano and Kristina, but communication was very good, helpful and prompt - all arrangements went smoothly. The location was very good, enabling us to enjoy beautiful Lake Como from the apartment doorstep, from the boat to Bellagio, and by driving to other villages nearby. The view from the apartment is wonderful too. There is a shop and restaurants just minutes walk away.
Graziano and Kristina were very helpful hosts. They provided us clear instructions before the trip and gave us some nice tips about what to do in lake Como area. The apartment was renovated and clean. We had our own kitchen and great cooking facilities. The location was a bit remote from the main attractions but the train station just a few hundred meters from the house makes it easy to move around. The whole lake Como area was easily reachable by car as well. Overall everything went smoothly and we had a great experience!
De locatie van het appartement was top! Daarnaast was het appartement volledig ingericht, waardoor we een prettig verblijf hebben gehad!
About the Host, Graziano & Kristina
Graziano is a senior mech designer, and Kristina is an athorized farrier (!), with a previous career in the Swedish higher education system from Sweden.
We love to cook and enjoy meals with good friends and family. We also like crafts and construction, gardening, photography, history, nature, horses, sailing, outdoors, classical and contemporary music and reading. We love to meet people and the idea of solidarity and a fairer world.
Seek harmony, peace and creativity, and rejoice genuine meetings with other people.
Welcome to our loved holiday flat, in the small village house that we share with our brother/brother in law. We would be happy to share the great feeling one gets when traveling among towering mountains and sparkling waters!