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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Varenna, Lake Como, Lombardy

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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A perfect home to complement the most beautiful place in the world”
Reviewed 29 November 2014 for a stay in November 2014
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This was my first time to Italy (I'm originally from San Diego, currently reside in NYC) and Lake Como was the top of my list for travels. I researched extensively and ran across Della Fontana after many other finds. We don't like to stay at typical hotels as we like the non touristy experience and I must say, Della Fontana surpassed all expectations. It is a 10 minute walk to the town of Varenna, but the location proved ideal in terms of space. The pictures do not do it justice. Our first night we walked to Varenna and got bread, pasta, the best balsamic vinegar and Olive Oil I ever had, wine, and prosciutto and prepared a delicious meal in the gourmet kitchen. We threw some wood on the fireplace and looked out on the panoramic window views of the lake. Waking up every morning was like out of a dream - the views always provided something new and nuanced. And the evenings in the hot tub with the moon shining on the lake was picturesque. We spent every night out on the deck, even when it was cold and misty.

I cannot stress enough the perfection of this place. We already started planning our next trip. I fear of writing this review to keep the hordes of people from flocking, but this place must be shared.

A few items of note:
- The place has not one but two Wifi routers. I was worried about internet connection as the listing states wifi but Happy Holiday Homes states it does not. Be assured this place is well wired and modern.
- Our trip was right at the beginning of off-season (Oct 30 - Nov 5), therefore grocery stores are sparsely open (early in the morning, maybe in the late afternoon/evening if lucky). We tried three different times to get a boat to no avail as they were not staffed for this time of year. Just plan accordingly if going this time of year
- We did not have a car but realized we should the next time round, especially since Della Fontana has free garage parking. We took the train into town from Milan and the house is mere steps from the station at the bottom of the hill - so no car is doable - but makes the experience much more enjoyable. We did take day trips via the Varenna ferry to Bellagio and Menaggio.

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Your age range 25-34
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Marie H
Malvern, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Stunning!!”
Reviewed 21 October 2013 for a stay in October 2013
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A fantastic apartment with everything you need on the most beautiful side of Lake Como and the most unbelievable view. A lovely walk to Varenna which I think is the most beautiful part of the Lake, but then all the ferry options for great days out. The house is really well equipped and you will want for nothing, lots of great gadgets, a wonderful terrace and then the hottub! We old definitely recommend anyone staying here.

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Liked best: The view
Liked least: The rain!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Grandview...
Melbourne
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380 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
“Wow! Wow! Wow!”
Reviewed 8 October 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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And again........Wow! Wow! Wow!
If you are looking for a place to stay to call home - and I'm not talking about just any ORDINARY home; a place that isn't overrun with tourists nor is it touristy; a place that offers the most amazing views of the lake from an amazing balcony and from the living areas; a place that has all the bells and whistles imaginable and MORE; a place where a car is not necessary but if it is, there is a secure underground lock up car space; a place if you didn't want to venture out, you don't have to because everything you need is right there. Then Della Fontana Penthouse is the place for you. Oh.....and if you are into gadgets/electronics you'll love it even more.

We had just disembarked from a 20 day cruise and wanted a place to 'flop and drop' afterwards. Della Fontana Penthouse in Fiumelatte was perfect.

The previous reviewers have outlined all the other features but I would also like to add that Fiumelatte is quiet and you don't have any church bells tolling every hour. This side of the lake (facing the west) doesn't have a bus service, but it does have a rail service with major routes from Varenna station so traffic noise is minimal. The walk into Varenna is pleasant and takes a comfortable 20 minutes as stated by other reviewers. The ferry service on the mid-lake is frequent and all modes are very pleasant.
Della Fontana Penthouse is a privately owned apartment and thank you Brad for sharing your little piece of paradise with us. We just loved our stay on Lake Como!

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Liked best: The View, the location, the securityl
Liked least: The linen on the bed and we felt the lighting was a little inadequate..
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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DennisJ64...
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
281 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“A little piece of Heaven!!!”
Reviewed 26 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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Notwithstanding that wee are experienced and seasoned travellers, when we arrived and the private elevator door opened to the penthouse patio all four of us had a collective "WOW!!!". The view is amazing (day or night)! We were very excited about our upcoming week at Della Fontana and everything worked out very well.

The condo is very well equipped if you wish to cook yourselves. We ate in 2 nights and the chefs enjoyed the kitchen and found it well equipped. The gas BBQ worked well. Eating at night on the rooftop deck seeing the moon come up over the mountain behind us, hearing the waterfall near by, it was all spectacular.

The apartment was very clean, the beds/pillows were comfortable and the bedrooms were nice and quiet. Something we all enjoyed was the great lengths the owner went to in providing (detailed) information on the condo as well as many suggestions on things to do, places to eat and locals wines. It certainly helped to make the week even more successful. Also impressive was the fact the owner left several contact points, including his personal phone number and emails to ensure help was available if needed. As it turned out, we did not need any help with the condo, but comforting to know it was available.

All in all, a little piece of heaven. We would definitely stay there again, if and when we return to beautiful Lake Como.

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Liked best: View, location and amenities of the unit.
Liked least: Not as much privacy in the loft area.
Travelling group: Friends
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lifeisgoo...
Rhinebeck, New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“It doesn't get any better than this!”
Reviewed 11 May 2013 for a stay in March 2013
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Treat yourself to a stay in this amazing penthouse apartment. From the moment the elevator opens onto the huge terrace with the breathtaking view, you will be mesmerized.(You need your house key to take the elevator to the fourth floor so no one else will be able to take the elevator to your floor or access your terrace.) Everything in the apartment is state-of-the-art and the hot tub overlooking the lake and mountains is to die for . My husband and I stayed here with our four kids (ages 17, 20, 22, and 23) for a week and it was the perfect set-up. The kids slept in the loft which, conveniently, had four beds. We enjoyed watching movies on the large TV and hooking up our iPods to listen to music on the terrace while lounging in the hot tub. The apartment was immaculate and well decorated. One of our favorite restaurants was right next door: Hosteria Del Platano. Try the Pizzoccheri--it was the best we had! Norma, the owner, speaks great English and is also open in the morning for cappuccino. Our other favorite restaurant was Il Caminetto up the hill near Perledo which had the best Risotto we've ever had. There's a great price fix menu that worked well for us with the kids. If you go, let Moreno, the chef/owner pick you up so you don't have to negotiate the 12 hairpin turns to the restaurant. He'll meet you right near the apartment in the parking lot of the church. Again, we would totally recommend a stay in this apartment. A vacation in Italy sitting in this hot tub on the terrace overlooking Lake Como and the mountains cannot be rivaled!

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Travelling group: Teenagers
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NWUSA-Ell...
Seattle, Washington
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83 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Awesome view!”
Reviewed 22 April 2013 for a stay in April 2013
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Very nice modern penthouse. One bedroom down stairs with shower and jetted soaking tub tub plus toilet, bidet, and sink. Other bathroom with shower is on the main floor (huge supply of bathroom products including hair dryer and curler and plug ins to charge US electronics) The second bedroom is a loft (no bath/toilet). Well equipped kitchen with some essential staples and 2 bottles of wine. Washer and dryer with laundry products. 3 TVs. Huge terrace with BBQ and furniture. Elevator to penthouse. Perfect for couples and families. Very conveniently located to ferries, etc.

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Liked least: No 3 rd bathroom as advertised
Travelling group: Friends
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Katrine H
New York, New York, United States
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Vacation of a lifetime...”
Reviewed 19 September 2012 for a stay in September 2012
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My boyfriend and I spent a week in the Della Fontana PH earlier this month (September 2012). We had the most amazing vacation!

First, I have to note that the apartment was immaculate. Whatever the past issues referenced below, it has been remedied. Period. End of story.

Second, the minute we walked into the apartment we were surrounded by luxury. From the elevator that opens onto huge patio with stunning views and lovely hot tub, to the state-of-the-art kitchen, to the entertainment center (wired with speakers on the patio), to the gorgeous open showers with rain shower nozzles … it was clear that every detail and appointment had been well thought out. The master bedroom roomy and the bed was super comfortable – which made assimilating to the time change and getting good rest possible.

The location is absolutely perfect. We fell in love with the restaurant just down the street called Osteria del Platano. The owner greets guests herself and the chef mixes up the menu weekly. Wine selection is outstanding. Also close by is a small grocery/bakery and the local train station. It is about a 15 minute walk into Varenna, one of the three villages in the Golden Triangle. It’s an incredibly charming village and all the reviews are right… it’s a little smaller and less glitzy than Menaggio and Bellaggio. For us that made it all the better! We liked the authenticity and fewer tourists.

I love to do lots of research in advance and find the unique and interesting places on our vacations. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the apt. came with a customized guide written by the owner of all the “local” places of interest. Some I had learned about in my research but most could only be revealed by a “local.” From the best wines and vineyards to visit, restaurants, villas/museums, customized tours of the lake and more… what a great asset to our vacation!

The Della Fontana PH is perfectly placed to be the home base for a vacation. It was a snap to hop on the train to Milan for the day… We also rented a speed boat and toured all around Lake Como.
But to be honest, our favorite part of the vacation was sitting on the patio, sipping a glass of wine and looking out at the mesmerizing views of Lake Como, the mountains and the sky. We highly recommend this villa and without reservation would go back again! Thank you Della Fontana for creating a vacation of a lifetime for us!

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Liked best: The location and view
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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