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Maria's House Apartment - Varenna Historic centre - Lake Como-Rick Steve's Book

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

MARIAS HOUSE, a lovely one-bedroom apartment located in Varenna, an elegant village on the shore of Italy's Lake Como. The beauty of the place is clearly evident in its ancient buildings, its romantic views, its impressive nature. A distinctive feature of Varenna is the mildness of the climate, which is proved by the olive trees, the cypress trees and other botanic species typical if the lake and is due to its special exposure: leant to the mountain, the village is facing south and west, so it is sunny and warm till late in the evening.

In the heart of Varenna's old quarter, just little steps from the water and the main square, the apartment looks onto a picturesque cobblestone pedestrian-only archway leading straight to the beach and the lakeside with the beautiful pubs, restaurants, shops and art galleries.

The rooms of this apartment on the first floor of a recently restored sixteen century building affords picturesque views of the lake. The hall, the bedroom, the bathroom with shower and the kitchen-sitting room with fireplace are bright and furnished with good taste, in a modern and functional style

No car is needed as you explore the ancient town of Varenna. Archways and steep, narrow lanes (which eventually end at the lake), beautiful ancient buildings and the elegant atmosphere grace this lovely town.

The passenger and car ferries are also minutes away, reaching the exquisite villages, gardens and villas that dot the lakeshore. The lake of Como itself and the nearby area offer the best in skiing, windsurfing, hiking and biking.

Shops, restaurants, pizzeria, bars, pharmacy arround 30 meters.

Varenna is well known for the villa Monastero and Cipressi near Maria's House , the long gardens offer an unforgettable souvenir. Varenna is the only town of Lake Como where all the fast trains from and to Milan and all the ferries stop, in front there are Bellagio and Menaggio.





Keywords: Comfortable, just renewed apartment in the historic centre of Varenna situated in a building from XVII century very closed to the lake and to all the amenities.

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Varenna Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View
  • Oceanfront
  • Village ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1), Child Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sofa double bed in the living room
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • botanical garden
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Maria's House Apartment - Varenna Historic centre - Lake Como-Rick Steve's Book
average rating of 4.983051 based on 60 reviews

Relaxing in Varenna

  • 5 of 5

Maria and Pietro were outstanding hosts, picking up and dropping off at the station, prompt emailing prior to arrival, and providing a beautiful apartment. It was well appointed and maintained and so close to many restaurants, cafes and a few steps from Lake Como. Their suggestions for things to see and do was well researched and documented in a folder. We even went to Switzerland by train for the day! The apartment was as depicted on the website and met all expectations. Varenna allowed us time to relax and enjoy where we were and each night we sat by the lake watching the sun set. We also explored other nearby villages and the ferry rides were a great way to travel. Thank you for welcoming us and we have come home with many lovely memories of our time in Varenna and Italy.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cork, Ireland

September by Lake Como

  • 5 of 5

This is a really excellent one bed studio within a stones throw of Lake Como in the sleepy village of Varenna. The streets around are narrow cobbled and authentically Italian. There are also lots of nice restaurants nearby for dinner. We found our hosts Mario and Pieto very friendly and helpful to us. There are some very good ideas for excursions on their website as well, we liked the hiking in the area. Within the clean apartment there was lots of other info on things to do including a couple of lonely planet guides. Would definitely recommend as very nice base in Varenna and Lake Como!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2013
  • Stayed: September 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We would like to thank you so much We are so glad that you liked Varenna and Annina's House It was a real pleasure having you with us for a while and we hope that we'll have the chance to meet again one day. Thanks Maria and Pietro
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ANNINA'S HOUSE VARENNA OCT.9 - 16, 2011 Lebanon, Oregon

  • 5 of 5

Would highly recommend Annina's House! Just spent a wonderful week in Varenna at Annina's House, mother\daughter trip and had a fantastic time. The accommodation was just perfect for us and had everything we could possibly need. The apartment is literally steps away from the lake shore, the center of town, lots of wonderful restaurants with views of the lake, five minutes walking from the train station and ferry. We enjoyed our breakfasts and dinner lakeside every night. The weather was perfect. Maria and Pietro are really great, they picked us up at the train station upon our arrival and took us to the flat and showed us everything. Varenna was a great home base for us during our stay, since it is on the train line to Milan ,we were able to easily spend a day in Milan, a day in Venice, and got to see all of Varenna, Bellagio, Menaggio, Cadennabia, and Como via ferry. Varenna is a very charming, quaint, and picturesque lake side town. Everything was absolutely perfect and I am anxious to go back.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2011
  • Stayed: October 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very happy for the beautiful words written about us in Varenna and Annina our house, we met two wonderful people (mother and daughter) we sincerely to meet again again in varenna kissing Maria e Pietro
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Oxnard, CA

Annina's House 9/15/2011 for 5 nights

  • 5 of 5

I read the other reviews of this property and couldn't agree more! We were met at the train station as well and had the special pleasure of meeting Lucca, Maria & Pietro's adorable grandson. Maria and Pietro gave us a quick tour of the precious town of Varenna and the flat. They were so kind and welcoming. The flat is exactly as advertised, including everything we needed to move right in! It is close to the train station, ferry, market, hiking and plenty of great restaurants to walk to (galleries and gelatto shops too). Try the American breakfast (two adults can split it) at the Varenna Caffe. We liked relaxing on the small terrace that looks down the Contrada to the lake, but there is so much to do in this quiet, peaceful area that we could have easily stayed a week. We also looked at their larger property which would be good for 3-4 people or 2 adults and 2 kids. I would highly recommend Annina's House, it is a great value for the money, clean and well appointed. See you on our next trip to Italy Maria, Pietro & Lucca!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2011
  • Stayed: September 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the comment, we wish you much happiness to two people very dear Maria Pietro e Luca
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Niskayuna, NY

Annina's House - A Wonderful Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Annina's House for 5 days this May 2011 and enjoyed the experience greatly. The apartment was spotless and comfortable as well as convenient. Maria and Pietro are gracious and personable hosts. They met us at the railway station and gave us a short tour of the village. Then everything we needed to know about the apartment, the village, and Lake Como was explained to us. Our vacation time in Varenna and on Lake Como was trouble free. They were also available to assist if we had any difficulty with the apartment. The lake is exceptionally beautiful. The frequent and low cost ferries make traveling around the lake and enjoying the scenery a joy. We couldn't ask for better accommodations or a better place to enjoy wonderful vacation.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much,We would be pleased to welcome you on another occasion Maria e Pietro
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B & B Frontelago - Olcio (Lake of Como)

  • 5 of 5

We have been at Maria's and Pietro's B&B for over a week on the occasion of my nephew's wedding in Lecco. The place was recommended to us by my relatives and when we arrived we could not believe how wonderful it was. The room was excellent, extremely clean, the bed very comfortable. The view of the lake from our window so inspiring and calming. We thought we were in Heaven. Both Maria and Pietro were very hospitable and helped us in every way. They gave us plenty of information on the area, places to visit, restaurants and transport. On Maria's suggestion we had a fantastic walk over the mountains, reaching beautiful little villages with incredible views of the lake, Bellagio, Lierna. We also had beatiful boat trips to nearby amenities, ie, Varenna, Bellagio, Tremezzo and found the people in the area very civilized and kind. I still remember the gentleman on the other side of Olcio station, who was picking up cherries from his tree. When he saw us waiting for the train, he came across with a bag of cherries! Enchanting place, with beautiful people. The colours of the lake and the countryside around will stay forever in our memories.

The breakfast was excellent and Maria went our of her way to cook for us meals which we liked.

When my sister joined us from Naples, we were very happy together and spent few good hours with Maria and Pietro talking about everything possible as if we were very good old friends.

We also went to dine at Sig.ra Lucia, a wonderful woman who welcomes everybody who needs help and also tourists at her fantastic place on the edge of the lake. She cooked for us a wonderful meal, for a mere cost of 13 euros including wine, coffee and water.

Although we have relatives in the area, we will always go and stay at Frontelago with Maria and Pietro as we felt the place as our home, comfortable and welcoming in all aspects. It is highly recommendable to everybody who wish to visit this part of Italy and really experience the true Italy and the kindness of the Italian people.

Grazie tante Maria e Pietro per il bellissimo soggiorno al vostro Bed and Breakfast.


  • Submitted: May 30, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We would like to thank you so much for your beautiful words, they really touched us! It was a real pleasure having you with us we were delighted that you enjoyed your in our little corner of Lake Como Thank you again for being so nice! With kind regards Maria and Pietro
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Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
January 23, 2018

About The Owner

Our names are Maria and Pietro. We were both pastry makers. Now we are pentioners and are doing this job because we like to meet people from all over the world.

Why The Owner chose Varenna

Because Varenna is the Pearl of Lake Como.

What makes this apartment unique

On your arrival you will find a good Italian red wine bottle on the table.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Buon Giorno Maria and Pietro,

Thank you very much for a wonderful time in Varenna. The apartment was perfect in every way. We enjoyed all the comforts of the apartment, especially the internet, the washing machine and the location near the center. The apartment was so clean and comfortable. Everything we needed was available.

Thank you, too, for your kind hospitality picking us up at the airport and taking us to your home for a delicious Italian dinner...Maria is a wonderful cook! The night we spent in the B&B was very nice too. We are sorry we woke up so was a very long trip from California and many hours time difference.

We enjoyed the beautiful village of Varenna. We took ferries to Bellagio and to Villa Carlotta. We hiked up to the castle and took the train to Tirano and then to St. Moritz. We enjoyed a delicious dinner at Albergo Milano.

We took the train to Monterosso and spent 3 days hiking in the Cinque Terre...very beautiful.

Then we took a train to Venice and took a 7 day cruise to Bari, Istanbul and Croatia.

We love Italy and hope to come back again.

We thank you so much for a wonderful experience.

I would like to post a comment in the guest book. I could not bring it up from your link. I will try from your website.


Cathy & Jerry
Oct 2007
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Milano Malpensa - Milano Linate - Bergamo
Nearest Ferry
100 Metres
Ferry Boot From Menaggio - Bellagio - Como
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
300 Miles
Railway Station
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Lido beach
Car: not necessary

Things to do: Train travel is so easy and economical in Italy.

It is possible to reach Venice by train leaving directly from Varenna and return the same evening.

Take a day trip to Milan to see the Cathedral, The Last Supper by Leonardo, turn in the best boutiques of the famous Monte Napoleone center of high fashion. Only an hour by train from Varenna.

Skiing: Skiing in the area is generous with places like Madesimo, Bormio, St. Moritz to 1.30 hours

Reaching St. Moritz Tirano starting with the famous train of Bernina.

Golf: The famous Menaggio and Cadenabblia Golf Club is located on a hill above Menaggio, which is only 15 minutes by ferry from Varenna.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $1.86
cleaning $37.22

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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