Pianella is a local Lake Como village far from the maddening crowds and a short drive from other towns and villages (with more regular taxi boat connections if that’s your thing. Boats do stop at Pianella but not as often as other Lake resorts which helps keep the less touristy atmosphere of the village) plus some great places to visit further afield.
It’s great if you want a good value, relaxing, short break and would rather be casual and less formal than some of the other more glamorous and expensive resorts nearby.
The apartment has a fabulous view of the lake and is spotless. It’s also got the added benefit of a shared pool which was not used by anyone else when we visited, so great for kids.
The owners give a fantastic handover with lots of detail on things to go and places to see.
We’d certainly like to revisit, when it’s a bit cooler perhaps, as because it’s 2 floors up, I would have loved a fan in the bedrooms on hot summer nights because if you’re a light sleeper like me, if you open the windows to get cool, the bells chime every hour and it takes some getting used to (as charming as they are!)
However no worse than my hubbys snoring so don’t let it put you off...
I’d still recommend it as a base to explore the stunning Italian Lakes
My wife & I wanted somewhere to stay on lake Como with a view of the lake. We were gobsmacked when we got there as they were stunning viewed from our private balcony. The appartment is fully stocked with everything you need, including masses of tourist information brochures to help you decide where to go. Pianello is q beautiful village with very good restaurants & shops and the locals are extremely friendly, even with my dodgy Italian. The village is well positioned to visit most round lake Como and beyond. We even got to Milan & lake Lugano in Switzerland. Thank you so much Chris & Claire for all your help and advice. We have already started saving up for next year's visit.
From start to finish the holiday was awesome. Claire & Chris both were very helpful and correspondence was excellent. The apt is modern & immaculate and a view was to die for. Downside we had to come home for work. You won't be disappointed...
Lovely, very well equipped apartment with a fantastic view from the balcony. Lots of information too on places to visit. Great restaurant just across the road, and a lovely pool. We'll be going back there!
We visited in August as a family of 4. The well equipped apartment has everything you could possibly need such as a cool box, ice packs, kids' pool toys, DVDs etc. The location is perfect, just a 1 minute walk down the path and you are at the lake. The balcony is perfect for evenings enjoying the view, star gazing and sipping the local wines. Our girls spent 2 weeks swimming and jumping off the jetty into the clear waters. Pianello is a traditional Italian village with a bakery to die for. We'd definately recommend La Baia for a meal, only 25 minutes walk along the lakeside path towards Cremia and so very worth it! So many beautiful places to visit and the scenery is so beautiful and vast. We are now Italy converts! Absolutely loved it and can't wait for trip number 2.