We heard about Casa Maddalena from a friend and found it by google. Marilena, the owner, told us that Maddalena was booked but that she had another property , Camilla House in the neighboring town. We were renting a car so it worked for us. What really made it work great is that the Camila house had it's own on site parking spot PLUS Marilena provided another private single car garage right in the town center of Varenna which we could use anytime. That made Camilla House's location just outside of the city a non-problem. Other special perks Marilena provided were an Italian cellphone loaded with her number so we could call for advice and could also use to call to reserve tours and make other arrangements all over Italy. W'OW! As if that were not enough, Marilena provided a cute little washing machine and drying racks in the Condo! So appreciated as we were on a 2 week tour of Italy. The bed and the apartment were comfortable and there were 2 sofa beds in the living room so it would be perfect for a family although we had no use for them. Her kitchen is very well equipped and she truly tried to think of everything we might need right down to a couple of umbrellas in an umbrella stand We rent a beach condo at Edisto Beach and we really have tried to be the same kind of owner but she has us beat! I have never rented travel accommodations from anyone who tried so hard to be helpful. Oh, and I forgot to mention, it's on a hillside looking right down on Lake Como. What a beautiful view. Be sure and look Marilena Anghileri up. She'll fix you up with a great place.
Would I recommend this vacation rental to my best friend? Yes.
The apartment has everything you could need. The views are stunning from the living room and bedroom windows, like you can reach out and touch the Lake. The apartment is located directly across from Napoleon's hat. The owner is very accommodating and provides an excellent overview of the area and how to get to all points of interest, even offering to pick you up and return you to the apartment if you tire yourself out walking around, just call her on the cell phone that she provides. Also provides rides to/from train station on day of arrival and day of departure. The Ristorante Crotto di Pino is a short walk from the apartment and has excellent food at reasonable prices, which is perfect after hiking up to and back from Castello di Vezio during the day.
Nice place. Owner helpful. Very hard uncomfortable pillows. Distances to everything longer than stated. Views fabulous! Loved area. Parking spots tiny so better if you have a small car or come by train.
The views of Lake Como were stunning. Very quite neighbourhood. The house had every amenity and utensil you could every need (and more)! There was a fabulous restaurant 10 minutes walk up the hill - best food, best prices, best views and great host - we returned every night! Marilena was a very acommodating hostess in every way - communication, assistance with transport (which was required due to distance from town) and even supplied mobile (cell) phone for our stay - so that she was always only a phone call away. Even though it was a fair walk into town it was a very picturesque experience
Thank you Marilena for our lovely stay in Varenna. The apartment was perfect in every way. We enjoyed our walks each day and appreciated the rides to and from the train station and back from the restaurant after a delicious Easter meal. We'll definitely recommend to friends and family.