Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1481: Castello di Zorzino, Siena Apartment
Apartments in Castle on Iseo Lake, Lombardy
May 2003, 1 week
Apartment in large stone "military blockhouse" type building. Beautiful location with a wonderful view over the lake.
There is a small shop within 200 metres selling basic groceries, and a butchers. We found a large supermarket about 2km away. The local hotel has an excellent restaurant, if a little on the expensive side. The nearest other restaurants and bars are in Riva di Solto. It is walkable in 20 minutes, but the walk is steep and strenuous.
There are 5 rental apartments in the building. It is old and stone built, but in excellent repair. We had no problems with noise of lack of privacy.
There is a small communal garden with a table and chairs. Very pleasant to sit out and look over the lake.
The apartment was spotless. Furniture was well made and comfortable.
A very good sofa bed in the lounge. The bedroom was pleasant and the double bed comfortable.
Excellent kitchen, very good level of equipment and well designed.
Problems or Bonuses
Main bonus was the view - we often ate our food with plates balanced on the windowsills, and chairs pulled up to the windows, just staring across the lake.
No bad surprises, although the walk down to the lake (and more relevantly, back up again) was far more energetic than it looked.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Good communication all round. We were met by a very pleasant man who spoke some English, but was very helpful. There was plenty of information about sites to see, and restaurants to visit. The published information was very accurate.
I believe we paid 420 Euro for the week for a stay in May. Prices have risen slightly since then. I did not feel this was exessive for the quality of the apartment.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely stay here again. Had the airline not stopped flights to Bergamo from my local airport, I would have returned already. The only downside is the need for a car. I generally prefer to use public transport, but this would have proved difficult.
Things to do in this area
I loved the scenery and just walking around the area was highly enjoyable. The all day boat pass meant we spent a pleasant time moving from one area of the lake to another, stopping wherever looked interesting (although if I did it again, I would drive to Lovere, before taking the ferry - purely because late ferries are far more frequent into Lovere than Riva di Solto). When we go again I would like to drive further up into the mountains to see various Castles and scenic villages.
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