This is a wonderful apartment. The views of the lake and hills are stunning, the position is perfect - right by the ferries and a lovely walk along the coastal path to town. There are bars and restaurants on your doorstep and the station is 5 mins away. The wi-fi works well, the apartment is immaculate and very quiet. To top it all, the terrace is fabulous. And the owners are delightful, coming to meet you at the station, and then running us back. Be warned, it is up 60 steps - but that's how you get the views and means you can eat more gelato!
We (family of 4) stayed here for 4 nights. It was such a lovely, clean apartment with all the necessary amenities. From every window there is a spectacular view of the Lake. It is perfectly placed for easy access to the ferry and train station.
The shops, cafés and restaurants are all just a short stroll away. The nearest supermarket is a 10 minute ferry ride away in Menaggio. There is a little playground just around the corner which was perfect for our children!
It is so quiet and peaceful here and we enjoyed every moment. Andrea and her parents are just wonderful hosts, they even picked us up from the station. They couldn't do enough to help and in true Italian hospitality they made us feel so welcome! We certainly hope to return again.
My wife, Karen, found this place while searching on Trip Advisor. We had some idea of where Varenna was, and liked the prospect of staying right on the Lake Como. The whole experience, however, exceeded our expectations. The apartment had a great location, spacious, clean, adequately equipped. The owners were pleasant, available and helpful. Varenna is small, quiet, quaint, with a good variety of restaurants, magnificent gardens, a ten minute boat ride to Bellagio, Menagio and other adorable lake communities. Do not expect to see a supermarket. If you plan to cook, you need to supply yourself at a nearby larger town. Varenna has a tiny grocery store and a single, expensive delicatessen. Period.
However, don't let that stop you. We had an exceptional vacation there (4 days)
We were met at the train station by the lovely owners and delivered to the apartment. We were very impressed by the service and location. Lots of local information provided which was really useful. Would we stay here again? Sure would!
I could not have chosen a better apartment. It was perfect in every way. Mary very kindly collected me from the station and I couldn't wait to look out of the windows. It was just what I had dreamed of.
The bed was very comfortable and the chairs. You could be at the boat station in under a minute and at the restaurants in about five minutes. There are only 2 small shops for essentials in the town square but 'eating in' would be such a waste with such fantastic restaurants on offer. Have cocktails/light lunch at Varenna Caffe, Elisa is so sweet and the food/drinks/view exceptional. Don't miss eating at La Vista or the restaurant at Villa Cipressi, see my other reviews for other restaurants, all were fantastic.
Gardens at Villas Monastero, Mellzi, Carlotta, Balbianello are all breathtaking, go to Balbianello on a Tuesday and visit Lenno market first and buy a picnic.
The stairs were not a problem for me at all.
For my money this apartment must be the best for a single or a couple. Thankyou Andrea and Mary
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