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“Great location”
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Maria's House
Ranked #11 of 12 Varenna B&B and Inns
Park City, Utah
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Great location”
Reviewed 9 June 2011

We were not able to rent Maria's house but stayed in her other property. It was very small, but very well organized and was well equiped and very comfortable for our weeks stay in June 2011. The location is perfect - just 40 steps down to the beautiful promenade of Lake Varenna. We could sit on our little terrace and enjoy the gorgeous (limited) view of Lake Como. It is so close to all the restaurants, shops and ferry. A car is not needed. The owners were very welcoming and had so much information on the area in the apartment that the week passed with fun and beautiful explorations every day. Varenna is such a charming and 'real' village. We would definitely go back to Varenna on our next trip to Lake Como!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 16 January 2011

We stayed at Maria's House the week between Christmas and New Year's and we really enjoyed it! The town was just beautiful and very romantic, quiet and slow in this off season, and so evocative of the days before tourists overran these lakeside villages. All the villas were closed, but some shops were open and we visited Bellagio and Menaggio, which had more shopping. We found 4 or 5 restaurants in Varenna that were open and we enjoyed every meal, especially at Il Cavatappi, Varenna Monamour and Quattro Pass. We took day trips to Bergamo, Como, and Lugano using the ferries and the regional train system - the port and train station are a quick walk from the apartment. The apartment was great and we used the kitchen and washing machine often. Maria and Pietro were very gracious and met us at the train station on Christmas Day. We would love to return, maybe this time in the summer to see how different Varenna is with tourists!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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Hitchin
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Reviewed 13 October 2010

We enjoyed staying in Marias House very much in late September. The apartment was very comfortable, spacious and well equipped, including a washing machine. There was some noise from the road and one of the other apartments at night. The owners, Maria and Pietro were very friendly and picked us up from the railway station on arrival.

Be aware there are a lot of steps in Varenna, as mentioned in another review. Parking is limited and we only found one small shop for groceries and basic provisions. There are supermarkets (not open on Sundays) in nearby Bellano which is only a short train ride away and well worth a visit in it's own right. The trains are very cheap but not always reliable and quite tatty. Milan is only an hour away.

We loved Varenna which is very picturesque and enjoys a very good selection of restaurants. We ate at Vecdhia Varenna and Quattro Pass which were both very good. Bar Nilus was also very good for cheaper meals. The apartment was a short walk to the ferry port where you can travel to the other central lake towns for a reasonable price. We walked up to Varenna Castle one day which was hard work but rewarded us with fantastic views of the lake! You have to pay €4 to enter the castle where you will find birds of prey and plaster cast ghosts!

I'm sure we will come back some time soon.
Simon & Sue

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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New York
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Reviewed 13 April 2010

My wife and I stayed in Maria's House in February 2010. We really appreciated the hospitality of our hosts, Maria and Pietro very much. They were very helpful and kind and made our stay very pleasant. The apartment is very clean and functional and is close to the town square and the Lake. We took a tour of their new bed&breakfast and were impressed. We will be back before long.
Dave and Louise

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2010

Clean but front noisy main road apartment , steps steps steps,
3 floor , it was not the best choice ,we will never return again.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Maria's House
Address: Contrada dell'Arco 3, 23829 Varenna, Italy
Region: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Varenna
Amenities:
Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Varenna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Maria's House, a lovely one-bedroom apartment ( 50 mq ) located in Varenna, an elegant village on the shore of Italy's Lake of Como. The beauty of the place is clearly evident in its ancient buildings, its romantic views, its impressive nature. ... more   less 
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