Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 3204: Owner, Vechio Molo
1bed/1bath apartment in Gravedona, Lake Como area, Lombardy
May 2007, 1 week
The apartment is on one of the villages on Lake Como. The ferry stop is very close but there is no train service here. Bus service is also minimal and we did not try it. A car is probably a good idea if you want to see the area. The ferry has good service but boat rides do take time but a great way to travel. Giovanni can also arrange for taxi service with a very pleasant English-speaking driver. We used this taxi service from the train station and also to take us to Lugano.
We liked this area for rest and relaxation and very slow travel. Apartment was simple and clean and we loved the view. There is also three flights up to the apartment, which we did not mind at all.
It has all the conveniences of a village: grocery store, cafes, bakeries, restaurants, other shops within 2-10 minutes of the apartment. A much bigger supermarket is about a 15-20 minute walk. Also, on the Wednesday we were there, a truck selling fresh local trout was parked across from the apartment building. Great trout at a very small price.
The website is a good representation of the apartment. Lots of windows for light and views.
No garden but there's a balcony with lounge chairs and table - great place to enjoy wine and the ever changing views of mountain, lake and sky.
The furniture was in good shape and comfortable. The apartment is simply but sufficiently furnished and clean.
The bed is comfortable and there is lots of storage space. There is a big window in the bedroom with views of other houses and the mountains.
The bathroom is good-sized with a shower.
The kitchen is very usable with regular range and dishwasher. There are pots and pans, dishes, etc. There are no cooking or cleaning supplies however but the grocery store is only a minute away.
As a general rule, we do not go out to eat. We do a lot of cooking and this kitchen is good for that.
Problems or Bonuses
A surprisingly beautiful view from the balcony and all the windows. It snowed up in the mountains on our second night and it looked simply beautiful.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Giovanni, a poster on the Slow Travel Talk forums, is very friendly - easy and good to deal with. And he speaks very good "Canadian" English!
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Definitely recommend this apartment but suggest renting a car if you want to get around.
Things to do in this area
Ferry rides to the other villages, lots of walking and simply gazing at the views. There is a very old church and a cemetery worth visiting.
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