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Balcony Divina Vita
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View Bar il Molo
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Lake Como
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Private Room, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Varenna, Lake Como, Lombardy

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Julesrose
Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Wonderful Stay From Start to Finish!!!”
Reviewed 21 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013

This is a wonderful B&B. The hosts Simone and Silvia were so amazing from the minute we arrived. Welcoming us with drinks and a sit down chat on all the things to do in the area, their greeting made us feel at home. The location is amazing, the accomodation was
Outstanding...the little touches they added like rose petals on the bed, made this part of our trip really memorable and keen to revisit again!

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Liked best: Everything!
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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BBS99
Ballina, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
49 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“What more can you say?”
Reviewed 24 June 2013 for a stay in June 2013

Reviews of Divina Vita are unanimously praisworthy for a simple reason. It really is that good. I can only reiterate the contents of previous reviews.
Simone and Silvia are a dynamic and personable couple who will welcome you like family. Time is taken over a complimentary drink and snacks to get to know their guests and to introduce them to Varenna and Lake Como. Simone provided assistance with our luggage and Silvia gave us a comprehensive introduction to the apartment. All needs have been anticipated and catered for, but Simone has a project in progress to also offer their guests a sauna, plunge pool and spa. Furnishings are of a high quality with the memory foam mattress parlticularly appreciated. The location of the apartment is fabulous and the staff at Il Molo are friendly and professional. Our 3 night stay was much too brief. My only concern is whether I will be able to make a booking for a return visit.

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Liked best: The personal efforts made and kindness shown by the operators
Liked least: Negotiating the spiral staircase with luggage
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Jess G
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A little Gem”
Reviewed 14 June 2013 for a stay in May 2013

Lake Como is an amazing place, it definitely feels like you are in another or even a different era! The boat from Como to Varenna take 2 hours (a surprise to us) but meant we didn't have to do an additional sightseeing trip! When looking for Divina Vita B&B, we walked straight past it but when we asked the staff at Bar Molo we were they quickly seated and the owners came down to welcome us, and explain the types of tourist things you can do in the town, this was over complementary cocktails and snacks! This is not the type of welcome we are used to when arriving at a hotel or B&B but the owners sheer enthusiasm made the whole experience feel very special. They gave us a guided tour of the apartment which whilst small is perfectly formed. On our last night we were given a Chinese lantern to make a wish on and whilst we both held our breath as we set it off from the balcony, preying it wouldn't set fire to their restaurant below the staff and diners below clapped as it make its way across the lake. Whilst I generally cringe when I read reviews that same how great the owners where this couple are really going for giving you a 5 star experience and succeeding!

Below are our tips/thoughts on the apartment & varenna

Highlights
The apartment -Memory foam mattress
The apartment Spiral staircase
The apartment Good shower
The apartment Great view from the balcony
The apartment My husband liked the décor and little touches
The apartment Free Wifi
The views are awesome
Very romantic spot, lots of weddings and great place to propose!


Beware
Whilst the apartment is self-catering, there is no oven only a hob
There is no shop in varenna so bring food from Como if you don't have a car.
The view from the castle is epic but the path up and down is steep and tricky if you are only wearing flip flops!!
The whole town is hilly not a problem but if you have mobility issues it worth noting
If you are planning visiting Lugano (Switzerland) don't bother the bus ride is nice but the town itself is a confusing, hostile waste of a day!

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Liked best: The extra effort the owners made
Liked least: Not being able to find it straight away
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Iashutter...
Fullerton, California
Level 6 Contributor
130 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“''Ideal Location'' + Terrific Hosts = Wonderful Stay”
Reviewed 28 May 2013 for a stay in May 2013

We spent 3 nights here in May'13, and we can't say enough about the enthusiastic & warm welcome we received, and also experienced every time we had contact with either Silvia, or Simone, (who greeted us on his scooter as we arrived by taxi, and helped carry luggage).
The genuine warmth & happy / helpful enthusiasm of both of these entrepreneurs will take them each very far in their endeavors.
(Train station location is very walkable, but we had large luggage)
The apt is equally lovely, very comfortable, and well equipped. There is a mirrored front closet and some storage on the first level, at the base of the spiral steps / entrance to the bathroom.
Over the little washer in the bathroom is a drying rack and clothes pins / pegs. Also a wall heater which helped with faster drying.
There is a quite long row of steps inside the entrance of the building, and before that, leading down to the lakeside, or up to the town square area. All easily doable if you're at all somewhat fit.
I won't repeat all said beautifully by reviewers below.
The view alone from the apt's terrace is terrific any time, and it was such fun to enjoy our hot breakfast each morning at Bar IL Molo, seated at a prime table with a terrific view, reserved for just for us... Also fun to chat with other couples, who when we pointed out our apartments terrace, with view, just for us to experience their envious reactions..
This is a great / very comfortable place to stay, and we also had good times in the Bar IL Molo for afternoon drinks and bar snacks... Additionally, we had 2 lovely dinners there, great pizza / terrific ''cuttable'' crust, as well as the Lasagne and the Salmon Pasta... We gladly vouch for the Hawaiian pizza, and also the one with Brie, terrific...! Valentina, and all the wait staff there are wonderful as well, very attentive, and friendly.
We feel ''privilged'' we were able to secure reservations here, these hosts, and this location. I see it's mostly booked now through September, and I can boast that all who stay there should be happily satisfied.

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Liked best: Warmth of the hosts, view from the terrace window, and comfort of Apt
Liked least: Note: No microwave, they could add a table to left of larger bed, and 2 folding luggage racks..
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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RacquelPa...
Mission Viejo, California
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A Beautiful Experience in Every Way”
Reviewed 8 May 2013 for a stay in May 2013
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My husband and I really got lucky by stumbling upon this incredible B & B in Varenna on Lake Como. It's a small town very close to Bellagio and Menaggio, which are bigger and more commercial. Varenna is charming to say the least, with fabulous restaurants and shops. Simone and Silvia Degli own the B & B, which is a lovely two-level suite with full kitchen, bathroom, living room downstairs and a bedroom loft with a king size Tempurpedic bed, skylights and candle sconces on the walls. They have the place, which was recently refurbished, fully stocked with everything one could want There is a balcony that overlooks the lake and the restaurant that they also own downstairs. We enjoyed the sounds wafting up from the restaurant. Mostly, though, the real treat was the way Simone and Silvia hosted us. They are beautiful people and took pleasure in creating special meals for us so we could experience real northern Italian cooking. Simone's brother owns a seafood restaurant in walking distance, also overlooking the lake, where we experienced his specially prepared three-course meal of unique lake fishes and pasta and risotto and local wines. The cost of our stay and the meals was extremely fair, especially considering what we experienced. We feel like we have family in Varenna now and will surely return as soon as we can.

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Liked least: Everything
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luxladye
Echternach, Luxembourg
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Lovely accommodation in spectacular location”
Reviewed 18 April 2013 for a stay in April 2013
1
person found this review helpful

Simone & Silvia were very welcoming after our long trip and late arrival - even providing us with a warm meal in the apartment. The accommodation was charming and the small balcony with lake view was a delightful place to spend some time with a book and a glass of prosecco. The apartment is in a delightful spot and Varenna itself is beautiful. It is very easy to explore the lake area from here. We went at a quiet time of year and it was very peaceful. I would highly recommend Divina Vita and Varenna, particularly for a romantic getaway.

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Your age range 35-49
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Pax0s
Canberra, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great apartment in the heart of Varenna !”
Reviewed 5 March 2013 for a stay in February 2013
1
person found this review helpful

Great apartment right in the heart of Varenna, the very friendly owners met us at the apartment and provided welcome drinks and nibbles which was a very nice touch after our long train journey. The apartment is tastefully decorated with quality fittings and is very clean. You have the option of a daily cooked breakfast and the apartment is serviced daily, which meant that after being out exploring all day we came back to a clean and tidy apartment. You have a nice little balcony overlooking the water and the restaurants are literally at the front door. We will definitely be back again and would recommend this apartment to anyone wanting to stay in Varenna.

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Liked best: Location
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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