Newly renovated old Convent on the edge of Lake Como and in the heart of Varenna. Julia has created a very pleasant B&B. Clean bedrooms with an adequate sitting room. The most outstanding part was breakfast on the patio of her beautiful yard sitting near the wall overlooking the lake with the Swiss Alps in the distance. Bar Molo was very close for an afternoon drink and snack. Julia's WiFi was not working, but Bar Molo's was free and sitting sipping a glass of wine while checking emails wasn't too difficult to enjoy.
Be sure to get careful directions to her front door, as it is tucked away and doesn't have any signage. Would definitely stay there again.
Unfortunately, we only stayed two days at this wonderful B&B because staying at the il Giardino Sul Lago in Varenna was one of the highlights of our trip to Italy. The B&B was clean and spacious, but the views were simply breathtaking. The first day we were there, it was cloudy and hard to see the Alps, but the second day was sunny and gave us spectacular views! Julie is a wonderful host who provided us with water, wine and a delicious tray of cheese & olives upon our arrival. We felt right a home and couldn't wait to explore. The breafasts were amazing. We were provided with fresh cheeses, meats, fruits, bread, etc. A lot of thought went into making guests feel comfortable.
The second day we were there, we took a ferry to Bellagio, which is also beautiful, but felt a little more touristy. The ferry's are a good way to explore Lake Como. If going to Lake Como, I would highly recommend staying at Giardino Sul Lago in Varenna. I only wish we could have stayed longer!
My friend and I had a lovely stay at Il Giardino Sul Lago. Julie was a warm host who even gave us a lift to and from the train station. We felt very at home, enjoyed the breakfast, clean accommodations, and best of all -- feeling like we had the very best private view of Lake Como from Julie's garden. Varenna was the perfect base for exploring the area...so picturesque and relaxing. I highly recommend!
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Fantastic lakeside garden.
Extremely pleasant and helpful hostess.
There is no central heating, but electric heaters are available.
Varenna is an excellent base for a holiday in Lake Como.
Totally enjoyed our stay. The view is breathtaking and the owner Julie and her daughter Sophie (and Alfie the dog) were so nice and generous. The only negatives for me was I could not get on the internet and on our last day we found spiders in the bathroom & hallway. Made me glad we were leaving. That being said the breakfast was perfect and Julie allowed us to stay later than checkout so we sat on the patio overlooking the lake and read our books for a while. She also provided us water and beer to enjoy. Our time in Varenna was so relaxing. Perfect way to start our two-week vacation traveling around Northern Italy.