We spent four nights last week in Luigi's apartment which I booked for my partner David's 60th birthday.We couldn't have been happier with the location, it's perfect with the most amazing view from the balcony across the lake to Menaggio on the other side. I agree with another reviewer that this is probably the best location in Varenna. Sitting on the balcony watching the boats and people go by, was wonderful, it's very buzzy with loads of restaurants on the doorstep. At night though, it's totally peaceful. Central location to everything else too, ferry, Villa Monastero (also fab).
We very much hope to go back before too long. Luigi was a kind and friendly host, we couldn't have asked for more.Thanks Luigi for everything! David was over the moon with his holiday.
We are a couple in our 60's and had a great stay at Luigi's apartment. The apartment is right on the waters edge with lovely views across the lake. The apartment is as advertised and was very clean and well looked after, with good space for two people. The apartment is on the 1st floor and has a large balcony to sit out on and look at the views. The sound of the water lapping a few metres away was very relaxing and we slept easily at night. Luigi was a very friendly and welcoming host. He met us at the train station and took us to to the apartment which was much appreciated. The apartment is in the centre of Varenna and we walked to the station in 15 mins with our bags when we left. The car and boat ferries were an easy 5-10 mins walk away. Varenna is a small town but has good restaurants and a couple of convenience stores. We would recommend Luigi's apartment and would happily stay again.
The apartment is as advertised - the photos are an accurate representation. The apartment is very clean and spacious enough for 2-4 people. It has outstanding unobstructed views and the balcony is also a good place for people watching. The location is convenient - just a few steps from the walkway that runs along the lake edge and it is close to a number of restaurants (some serve breakfast), gelaterias, and shops where a lot of the activity in Varenna is located. It is peaceful to sleep here while listening to the waves lap against the shore. The apartment is a short walk to the ferry dock.
PERFECT apartment. Had everything we needed PLUS an outstanding patio with just a heavenly view of the lake. We enjoyed ourselves tremendously. Great communication and check in.
The view was fantastic! The apartment was clean and the owner, Luigi was very friendly. He met us at the train station and took us to the apartment and explained everything. Georgio (another contact) in the shop under the apartment was also very kind. WIFI worked great! Tip - If you are a light sleeper and plan to keep the windows open, bring some earplugs as people tend to visit at the lake front below the apartment and can be a little loud until late (midnight).
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Casa Riva was a perfect place to stay. Ideal location, great view and balcony where we spent many hours watching the people and the boats. Luigi couldn't have been more helpful and accommodating. Highly recommended!