Villa Chiara is a characteristic and spacious property situated in the friendly Gardone Riviera and overlooking Lake Garda whose natural beauty has inspired painters and poets for centuries. In 2010 and 2011 extensive refurbishment took place creating new bedroom and bathroom facilities and a large open plan kitchen, dining and living area. The views from the balconies, the terrace and living area are stunning and in our experience visitors are soon captivated by the Lakes atmosphere and charm. In the summer months the large terrace and barbecue allows friends to relax and enjoy an evening meal well into the night and in winter the log burner creates a cosy atmosphere from which to watch stunning sunsets turn the waters remarkable shades of purple and orange. Whether you want a family holiday, an activity holiday or a romantic getaway, Villa Chiara and Lake Garda provides the perfect destination.
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- Min Stay3 - 4 nights
Spacious Private Villa With Stunning Lake Views & Pool, Family & Pet Friendly a short picturesque walk from Gardone
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- Calendar last updated:
- Aug 16, 2018
About Jan Pittaccio
We are a family who have had associations with the Lake for over 30 years and continue to visit whenever possible. My husband is a very active sportsman and my youngest daughter is very adventurous. I enjoy walking and my older daughter loves the pool and sun. We love the lake as it offers each of us something different but we all feel that no evening can be better spent than with friends and family, enjoying delicious local food on the balconies with the Lake as our backdrop.
Jan Pittaccio purchased this Villa in 2007
Why Jan Pittaccio chose Gardone Riviera
We have had an association with Lake Garda for over thirty years. My Father in Law was born in Italy and bought a small place down the hillside which I visited regularly. When Villa Chiara came up for sale privately we decided to buy and fully refurbish it. My own children adore the villa mostly for the swimming and ice cream. There is a lot around the lake to keep them entertained. Our 18 year old daughter is as keen to visit now as she was when she was a toddler. My husband is a very keen cyclist and this area has some of the best cycling in the world. He loves lakes and mountains. I prefer to walk our two dogs, swim and then relax and enjoy the culinary delights of the region taking time to sit on the balcony and really soak up the atmosphere of this beautiful place.
What makes this Villa unique
The views are stunning and available from all the main living areas so you literally look out of the window and the lake is there. The villa is situated in an Italian neighbourhood and so your experience will be typically local whilst all the entertainment you may seek is nearby. If you are planning to cycle we have a close relationship with the local bike shop and can offer additional advice on routes.
Pool / Spa
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
This trip was our first to lake Garda, we had a party of 9 so were looking for a fairly large place to stay.
All of our emails with Jan have been answered promptly and they provide lots of info before your stay.
In our opinion this villa is under sold, the pictures of the bathrooms are good and they live up to it. However the rest of the place is so much better and bigger than the photos on the website!
Apart from the views of the lake (these truly are stunning) the living space is the most impressive. We were concerned before we arrived about having 9 people stay but to be honest we had plenty of room.
In a lot of emails from the owner they made sure we were aware of all the aspects of the villa
parking - we managed to get 3 cars parked on site a Punto, alta xl and a galaxy. But really two cars with no hassle
Bedrooms - one en-suite double on the same floor as the living area and 3 interlinking rooms down stares with there own bathroom plus sofa bed.
Pool, this was described as a splash pool but again it was bigger than expected.
Another plus is it's within a short walk to a group of restaurants
We were very happy with our stay and will be coming back soon
Many thanks for your review. It is always nice to hear how much people have enjoyed their stay. We would love to welcome you back one day and thanks for taking the time to comment it is much appreciated.
Wonderful house in a peaceful and authentic environment. House offered all confort and the contact with the owner was so friendly that we actually felt in our home. Much appreciated.
Wonderful family villa with a stunning view!
I give my best recommendations! Beautiful place on the hillside, and an owner who provided us with helpful information all the way.
I visited this place together with my family: 10 people, including a 1-year-old. No problems being so many and no problems having a baby there! There were both a dining table child booster seat and a child's travel cot in the villa. What we enjoyed most about the villa was the big living room and of the course the lovely swimming pool outside.
The villa is situated up in the hill side and the view of the lake is nothing but stunning. Makes the winding road up the hill worth it! The house is just by the road, but thanks to many plants and little traffic, we hardly noticed the cars driving by. Gardone Riviera is very nice. We spent two of the days at Portese, a small lake side village nearby with nice picnic and swimming area. We also spent a day in Sirmione and a day in Venice. I recommend both!
Thank you so much to the owners for making their villa available for us. We would love to come back one day!
We had a lovely time, the villa has the most stunning views ( the photos do not do it justice!!). Jan was most helpful and accommodating. Would gladly recommend.
fantastically spacious in a great location
The villa resides in the hills just 5 minutes away from Lake Garda and was a perfect spot for my cycling holiday. It had every amenity I could wish for with comfortable spacious bedrooms, indoor and outdoor dining areas and a perfectly sized pool for post ride dips.
I am looking forward to going there again in 2018
Two week stay, family of six
The property description and location were very accurate. The villa was clean, comfortable and well equipped. The interconnection of the downstairs bedrooms worked fine for us and proved to be the most comfortable, temperature wise, during the very hot (up to 38C) first week of out stay. Likewise, the pool was very welcome after a day out visiting the surrounding attractions. The Owner provided us with plenty of information on things to do and see around Lake Garda. The views were spectacular and the short drive down the hill to Gardone yielded plenty of choice for restaurants on an evening, with free parking available, even in high season. We especially enjoyed swimming in the Lake at Toscolano Maderno, a few miles north of Gardone. If you are planning on taking the car ferry across the Lake to Torri to take the cable car from Malcesine, make sure you book your cable car tickets in advance on line. Waiting times were three hours (!) for visitors without advance ticket bookings..! All in all, a very enjoyable stay, well recommended.
Special interest holidays:
On/off road cycling, fishing, hiking and walking, rock climbing, water skiing, wind surfing, kite surfing, sailing, golf, photography and painting.
The Villa is situated in the middle of 'cycling heaven' and many of the professional teams train on the spectacular inclines around the lake. We are keen cyclists and have entertained several cycling groups both road cyclists and mountain bikers and we are very friendly with the local bike shop. We can offer guided cycling tours to the area.
The surrounding hills form part of the Bresciana National Park and are very popular with walkers. The routes are clearly marked and cater for all abilities.
The Lake is a major water sports centre and very popular amongst wind and kite surfers and sailors.
We have also found that photographers and painters have enjoyed their pastime here due to the beautiful surroundings, extraordinary colours and changing light.
Swimming areas at various towns around the Lake. Rimbalzello beach club is 4 kms away. Parking is easy and the site includes beach volleyball, tennis, an adventure park, beach bar, spa, spinning classes and scuba diving. Major windsurfing, kite surfing and sailing facilities are situated along the lakeside.
Airports:Brescia Montichiari (35kms) Verona Villafranca (65kms) Bergamo Orio al Serio (65kms) Milano Linate (120kms) Milano Malpensa (180kms)
Motorways:Exit Desenzano del Garda (25kms) Exit Brescia east (30kms)Exit Rovereto Sud (Lago di Garda Nord) (60kms)
Railway Stations:Desenzano del Garda (25kms) Brescia (35kms) bus transfers are available.
A ferry service operates around the Lake.
We would recommend hiring a car.
2km to Gardone, 5kms to Larger town of Maderno and Salo.
As you would expect in Italy there are plenty of good eating places, although we cannot resist the bustle of the local food market and using the wood barbecue on the terrace to cook our latest 'discoveries'.
There are so many picturesque places on the lakeside to explore as well as some beautiful trips up into the mountains. The cities of Milan (81 miles) and Verona (36 miles) can easily be visited in a day and even Venice (107 miles) with an early start. Experiencing the opera in Verona's Roman amphitheatre is something special.
The Lake Garda region truly has something for everyone making it an ideal holiday destination for families looking for an exciting holiday, groups of cyclists looking for a challenge or somewhere for visitors to enjoy a quiet and relaxing time.
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes: Contact for details Changeover Day: Please contact owner. Notes on prices: For groups of more than 8 people an additional charge will be added to cover extra bedding/laundry/change-over costs. Please contact owner.