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Little Bridge House - See 'REAL' Reviews of charming stays in history!

Menaggio, Como, Italy
  • House753 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps7
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 6 nights

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5-7), Balcony

The house for rent is 300 years old (completely and comfortably renovated in 2002) and is situated in the historic Castello above Menaggio, on Lake Como just across Bellagio and Varenna. It is a bridge over a pebble stone road, a short five minute walk down to the center of Menaggio. The house has two floors. On the first floor is the kitchen, dining area and the living room (with an additional sofa bed for 2) with a walkout balcony and fireplace. The second floor has a master bedroom, a second bedroom (with a single bed that turns into a double) and a bathroom with bath/shower, wc and bidet. The house is ideal for who travels by public transportation. Menaggio is very well served by buses and boats and a main train line is just across the Lake, in Varenna, 15 minutes away by ferry.

The house for rent is located in Menaggio, on the western shore of Lake Como about mid lake, just 15 min. by ferry from Bellagio and Varenna. Menaggio is one of the most important towns on Lake Como and has been a tourist attraction for hundreds of years. From Menaggio central location, one can easily navigate the whole lake by public boats. Bellagio and Varenna are only a short boat ride away. Lugano, in Switzerland is only 15 miles away, well served by public transportation.

The owner is a US born of Italian Origin resident, with a thorough knowledge of the Lake and its surroundings. He is glad to spend all the time needed with guests to help them planning their hikes, boat trips, shopping trips or simple sightseeing. He also assists with full info on travel to reach Menaggio and picks up guests with no car at the bus or the ferry.

Keywords: House, Menaggio, Lake Como


Fabio Ausenda

Member Since 2007
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english, french, german, spanish, italian, Ein wenig Deutsch
Calendar last updated:
Apr 20, 2018
About Fabio Ausenda

Fabio was born in New York in 1957, with a Masters Degree in Natural Resources Policy and Planning from Cornell University, becomes a protected areas planner for International Organizations. In 1989 is the founder of Europe Conservation, a European non-profit organization specialized in providing volunteers to small conservation projects in developing countries. In 1996 he first publishes Green Volunteers, the World Guide to Voluntary Work in Nature Conservation, now sold world wide and known as “The Bible of Conservation Volunteering”. He is also active in the humanitarian field by being among the founders of the First Italian Ethical Bank. He also edits and publishes other international volunteering guides: World Volunteers, The World Guide to Humanitarian and Development Volunteering, and Archaeo-Volunteers, the World Guide to Archaeological and Heritage Volunteering. He is now the Director of the Menaggio Youth Hostel. Silvia, Fabio's wife, is the President of a non profit humanitarian Organization (SOS Bambini)supporting orphanages in Rumania. Fabio lives and works between Milan and Lake Como (Italy). Fabio and Silvia have a daughter, Stella, 9 years old.

Fabio Ausenda purchased this House in 2002

Why Fabio Ausenda chose Menaggio

Because Lake Como is probably one of the most spectacular places on Earth. That is why movie stars choose it to buy properties. The Little House on the Bridge is one of the most unique houses in an Historical Area of Menaggio. We immediatley fell in love with it, as soon as we saw it for sale.

What makes this House unique

An extremely quiet and cool location. Excellent to relax after days of moving around visiting other places... ideal also for a winter holiday. The fireplace makes the house very cozy and we are just one hour and fifteen minutes away from top quality ski and cross country areas.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
        • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1) In the second bedroom there is one single bed that turns into a queen bed, sliglthy larger than a double bed, where a second couple can sleep comfortably., Twin or Single Beds (1), Child Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (1)


        • 1 Bathroom
          • The bathroom has a full fledged bath tub and a large sink, toilet and bidet, hot wtare is fast and abundant.

          Location Type

            • Lake View
              Enjoys a great View on the Lake with amazing sunsets.
            • Mountain View
              Spectacular Snow Capped Mountains (from October to May) turn pink at sunset across the Lake.


                • Family
                • Sports & Activities
                • Tourist Attractions


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Mobile Phone
                          If needed a cell phone can be provided..but with own computer phone calls can be made via Skype.
                        • Broadband Access
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                          Gas heating for Winter.
                        • Internet
                          The house has its own DSL wireless modem, Plus a back-up agreement with a neighbor in case of black out of the house ISP. Ideal place to concentrate and work.
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Linens Provided
                          Yes with a small surcharge, waived for rents over 2 weeks.
                        • Living Room
                          Sits about 10 people. Provides TV with International News Channels, Stereo, a cozy fireplace.
                        • Fireplace
                          Wood indoor fireplace. For weekly rentals in winter wood is supplied, for long term winter rentals owner assist in purchasing wood.
                        • Parking
                          Unlimited parking permit provide jut a 2 minutes walk away.
                        • Parking Off Street
                          A free unlimited parking permit is given at about 2-3 minutes walk from the house.
                        • Telephone
                          If needed (especially for long term) owner will help in providing a phone and buying for 5 euros an Italian Number.
                        • Towels Provided
                          Yes with a small surcharge, waived for rents over 2 weeks.
                        • Washing Machine
                          In House washing Machine, pleanty of lines to hang clothes. In Italy we don't use dryers.
                        • Wireless Internet
                        • Wood Fireplace
                          Yes, makes the house extremeli cozy in winter.


                            • Coffee Maker
                              Espresso machines of different sizes, an Electric Kettle for hot water.
                            • Cooking Utensils
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                            • Microwave
                            • Pantry Items
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 6 people


                                    • Books
                                      Lot's of gudies of the area are available. English Books crossing at the Public Library in town.
                                    • CD Player
                                    • DVD Player
                                      Yes bring your own DVD's
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                    • Stereo
                                      Yes Radio and bring your own CD's
                                    • Television
                                      With International News


                                        • Balcony
                                        • Bicycles
                                          Bicycles can be renetd from the Hostel Managed by the Owner also fro loong term at a special rate.
                                        • Golf
                                          The prestigeous Menaggio and Cadenabbi Gol Club where george Clooney plays is only one mile away.
                                        • Ski & Snowboard
                                          World Top Ski Areas (like S.Moritz) great also fro cross countries are only one and a half hours away by car. In winter you can go skiing for the day.
                                        • Tennis
                                          About 20 minutes walk ro 5 minutes by car.


                                            • Long-term Renters Welcome

                                              Pool / Spa

                                                • Communal Pool
                                                  Menaggio has a Lake Side public pool, called The Lido, about 15 minutes walk from the house. The woner can prived disocunted tickets.


                                                    • churches
                                                    • marina
                                                    • museums
                                                    • playground
                                                    • restaurants

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • boating
                                                        • eco tourism
                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • miniature golf
                                                        • paddle boating
                                                        • shopping
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • walking

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • hospital
                                                            • laundromat
                                                            • medical services

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • mountaineering
                                                                • cross country skiing
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • fly fishing
                                                                • freshwater fishing
                                                                • golf
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • kayaking
                                                                • mountain biking
                                                                • mountain climbing
                                                                • cycling
                                                                • rock climbing
                                                                • sailing
                                                                • ski lift privileges
                                                                • skiing
                                                                • snowboarding
                                                                • swimming
                                                                • tennis
                                                                • water skiing
                                                                • wind-surfing


                                                                    • The Owner has also another porperty, called the Weathervane House, which has a garden, but No lake view, it is more affordable and also short term rental isn allowed (minimum 2 days). Ideal fro a short and affordable vacation. See it on the owner website: www.lakecomoholiday.com

                                                                      House Rules

                                                                      Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                      Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                      Cancellation Policy

                                                                      100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                      20 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      Lovely house in a great location

                                                                      Catherine l.

                                                                      We loved our stay in the little bridge house. It's in a quiet historic part of Menaggio and is very comfortable. Fabio was very kind and helpful, with suggestions of local day trips and helping us solve a small problem in the house. Menaggio is a great base and well connected with boats and buses.

                                                                      Super Cute Apartment With Lake View

                                                                      Jennifer M.Lake Worth, FL

                                                                      We stayed here as a family of five and fit very well - the one bedroom has two single beds and a loft bed and the second has a queen. The ceilings are low (we're very tall), but there are lovely sky lights letting in the sun. The bathroom has a tub, which was nice. The kitchen was well-equipped and the living area had a lot of good information on the area, including English guide books.

                                                                      The location is very nice - a walk up the steep streets from the center of town takes only 5 minutes. My mother (age 70) took a while to get up there, but the rest of us (including little kids) were fine. It's good to walk off all the wine and pasta anyway! I loved the little balcony as well.

                                                                      The only thing I missed was a drying line outside - the one in the bathroom takes a while to dry the clothes. Our host was absolutely lovely about everything and promptly responded to all questions. Menaggio is a good place to start from if you are exploring this area.

                                                                      We loved it. It was a fairytale

                                                                      Brenda H.Wellsville

                                                                      Fabio was a wonderful host. He helped us plan our vacation even in other parts of Italy

                                                                      Lovely town and a grelt wiew

                                                                      MusHelsingør Denmark

                                                                      We very a cuble with two grown-up kids. We had the most wonderful vacation. Fabio was very helpful with information about the hikes and sights. We had two dinners at the hostel, which was very nice. Good simple food at a good price and nice mostly young people from different countries.

                                                                      We had the most wonderful weather and the view from the house was stunning. The house was cosy and well equipped with furniture and kitchen utilities. We would not recommend 7 people to stay there.

                                                                      We used the heating because it was rather cold inside the house. It worked very well and was not expensive.

                                                                      We loved the town, the lake, the view, the steep streets, the hikes, the restaurants (Magnolia was good), the boat-trip and anything else about Menaggio. :0)

                                                                      We would recommend the little house on the bridge to friends and family.

                                                                      Delightful property in a great location

                                                                      Malcolm C.Portland, OR

                                                                      The Little House on the Bridge was the perfect accommodation for our family of 4, 2 adults and 2 grown sons 19 and 21, for 4 days/nights in September. It's an older place, so a little quirky, but very peaceful and comfortable, and plenty of room. A few cars pass under the house each day, but it's a wonderfully quiet location in an otherwise busy town. It's a few minutes walk down a steep but charming narrow street into Menaggio -- coming back up is good exercise, but not difficult if you are reasonably fit and active. Great for walking off the pizza and gelato. Menaggio was great and I was glad we stayed there -- plenty of shops, restaurants, and the ferry port for exploring the lake. Enjoyed our visits to Varenna, Bellagio and Como. Fabio was extremely helpful in all areas of our stay, including inviting us to the Youth Hostel for good food, cheap wine, and entertainment, and helping us figure out the best way to get to Zurich by public transport. If you enjoy hiking, catch the bus for the hike to Rifugio Menaggio and Mt Grona -- awesome views in all directions.

                                                                      Home away from home

                                                                      Staci L.Laguna Hills, CA

                                                                      I don't want to write a review. I don't want anyone else to rent this place...yes, I'm selfish. First off Fabio could not be more wonderful. He helped with so many things and was so easy to get in touch with when we needed him. And, I was there for 5 weeks...so, yeah, I called him often for help with travel or places to go and see.

                                                                      The house itself is lovely. The lack of AC was a bit tough a few days when the temps went up, but with the windows open there was usually a nice breeze. The neighborhood is beautiful and we enjoyed talking with the neighbors each day. Keep in mind that it is a hike up the hill back to the house, but well...we just called it our daily exercise.

                                                                      Menaggio is a wonderful town, the people are friendly, the stores are easy to shop, and the restaurants are really good. We got around by walking, taking the bus and using the ferries. Never a problem. A day trip to Lugano, Switzerland was fun as well.

                                                                      For the price, you can't beat this rental. And that's exactly why I'm going back next summer for 5 more weeks. :D


                                                                      Menaggio, Como, Italy

                                                                      Menaggio is the most Central Place of Lake Como. At easy reach fom Airports and nearby Switerland. Spectacular (but crowded) Bellagio is only 15 minutes away by ferry. House has parking, but Lake Como can very well be visited without a car. Public transport goes everywhere. Also trail heads can be reached by bus. Ownere availble also daily if needed for suggestions.

                                                                      Rates & Availability

                                                                      Additional information about rental rates

                                                                      Cleaning Fee

                                                                      A 1 Euro/day Town Tourist Tax for adults (max.10 Euro) collected upon arrival (Apr.-Sept.). House in restricted traffic area (only residents) parking available at 3 minutes walk. The house is very central, many guests come without car and rely on frequent public transportation. In fall-winter heating is not included it can go from 5 to 10 EUR/day, firewood for the fireplace can be available .

                                                                      20 Reviews
                                                                      Wonderful 4.9/5
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