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Villa | 6 Bedrooms | sleeps 12

7 Nights min stay

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from £650 /night

£4544 - £7400 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children over
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Lake Como Modern villa with pool wifi connection and great view over the lake  …see more

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Farmhouse | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 5

7 Nights min stay

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from £101 /night

£704 - £840 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
On the Bardolino Hill, just 2 km from the town center, an unforgettable holiday in a farmhouse near the beautiful and famous Lake Garda.  …see more

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Apartment | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £79 /night

£552 - £952 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • Pets welcome
In the scenic environment of Garda Lake, a luxury residence with all comforts in a position to express a sense of welcome and hospitality throughout its accuracy.  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £95 /night

£660 - £1036 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
I Molini is a privately owned complex of 15 apartments in one of the most exclusive areas of Lake Garda: Morgnaga, Gardone Riviera. The apartment is beautifully restored with open stonework and brickwork, beautifully landscaped gardens and a fabulous view of Lake Garda  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 3

3 Nights min stay

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from £79 /night

£548 - £708 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
A fabulous family hillside retreat on Lake Como! Enjoying a very sunny and picturesque setting overlooking the dramatic eastern shore of Lake Como and of the Bellagio peninsular.  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

Very Good 4.5/5 

Short stays welcome

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from £80 /night

£556 - £756 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
2, Le Begonville is a new 2 bedroom apartment in a complex with a swimming pool and amazing views of Lake Garda. Apartment 2 offers a true home away from home experience with every facility for a comfortable stay.  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

Short stays welcome

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from £80 /night

£556 - £956 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car essential
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
Residence Bellavista is a beautiful holiday and residential complex near lovely lakeside Salò, Lake Garda, Italy. It has a swimming pool and beautiful lake views around the complex. There is a great restaurant open year round with seconds of the main entrance.  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

Excellent 5/5 

1 night min stay

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from £109 /night

£760 - £1080 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car essential
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
This beautiful property is situated on the first floor of the modern residence complex which is built on the sunny Varenna hillside and which offers guests a tranquil and memorable holiday experience!  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

3 Nights min stay

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from £86 /night

£600 - £880 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car essential
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
A modernist and luxury escape for groups and couples! Situated in a sunny, elevated hillside setting above Bellano, along the idyllic eastern shore of Lake Como, offering all of the summer attractions of the area along with nearby ski resorts for the winter months.  …see more

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Apartment | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

Good 3/5 

1 night min stay

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from £65 /night

£452 - £612 / week

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  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
Deally suited for couples this modern and spacious Lake view Studio property is situated on the first floor of the well-positioned modern residence complex, on the sunny Varenna hillside, offering guests a tranquil & memorable holiday on an elevated lakeshore position!  …see more

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Villa | 5 Bedrooms | sleeps 10

Excellent 5/5 

5 Nights min stay

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from £229 /night

£1600 - £3120 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Luxury Villa right on the beach of Lake Garda. Wonderful lake views, private pool, large garden, and olive grove, with a private gate onto the beach. 5 bedrooms (sleeps 10) and 3 bathrooms. Furnished and shaded outdoor living and dining space with BBQ  …see more

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Villa | 7 Bedrooms | sleeps 14

7 Nights min stay

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from £2198 /night

£15385 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car essential
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Lake Como luxury villa - This stately villa with heated pool and air conditioning sits majestically on the shores of Lake Como, near the village of Limonta in the heart of the 'Oliveto Lario', just a short distance from the well known town of Bellagio.

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Villa | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

7 Nights min stay

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from £100 /night

£695 - £1337 / week

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  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Attractive holiday house for 5 persons, with swimming pool , in Sirmione  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £63 /night

£441 - £882 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Attractive apartment for 6 persons, with swimming pool , in Lazise  …see more

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Villa | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £46 /night

£318 - £511 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Attractive holiday house for 4 persons, with swimming pool , in Luino  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

Excellent 5/5 

7 Nights min stay

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from £103 /night

£720 - £840 / week

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  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Natalie is a newly constructed apartment (80 sq. m) set within a gated Residence (with pool) close to the town centre and lakeside. The apartment is fully furnished with new, modern high quality fittings, gas heating, secure parking and benefits from 2 terraces.  …see more

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Apartment | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

1 night min stay

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from £77 /night

£536 - £960 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Appartamento Cornelia H is a cozy apartment situated at a short distance from the shores of Lake Como. It sleeps two people. From Appartamento Cornelia H you will enjoy a broad view of Lake Como and of the Comacina island  …see more

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Apartment | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

Good 3/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £86 /night

£600 - £840 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
Brand new one bedroom apartment, situated in one of the most panoramic locations on Lake Como, the enchanting village of Perledo, just above Varenna.  …see more

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Apartment | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £49 /night

£341 - £755 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Apartment for 4 persons, with swimming pool , in Lazise  …see more

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Villa | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

2 Nights min stay

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from £579 /night

£4052 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
Villa Bella is a stunning property located in the heart of Civenna and just 6 km from Bellagio. It is surrounded by the most beautiful park land, with picture postcard views of the Lecco Branch of Lake Como and the Grigna Mountain Range.  …see more

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Apartment | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £41 /night

£283 - £771 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Attractive apartment for 4 persons near the beach in Riva di Solto  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £58 /night

£401 - £742 / week

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  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Newly built apartment for 4 persons, with swimming pool , in Lazise  …see more

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Apartment | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £53 /night

£370 - £614 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Apartment for 4 persons, with swimming pool , in Luino  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £41 /night

£283 - £673 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Apartment for 4 persons in Riva di Solto  …see more

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Villa | 8 Bedrooms | sleeps 15

2 Nights min stay

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from £429 /night

£2998 - £5773 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
It is located in Lombardy in northern Italy at the base of the Alps. Located over the beautiful town of Varenna, the villa provides fantastic accommodation as well as stunning outdoor space and swimming facilities.  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

1 night min stay

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from £77 /night

£536 - £864 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Residence Celeste Quattro is a nice 75-square-meter (810-square-feet) apartment for up to six guests. It has balcony and windows which offer a beautiful view of the lake and of the shared swimming pool and garden  …see more

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Apartment | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 5

7 Nights min stay

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from £49 /night

£341 - £755 / week

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  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Apartment for 5 persons, with swimming pool , in Lazise  …see more

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Apartment | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

3 Nights min stay

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from £64 /night

£448 - £728 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
This Porto Letizia Villa Terrazzo 1 Apt is modern and luxuriously decorated, sleeping up to 4 adult guests comfortably, based on the first floor means it benefits from a large sunny terrace with incredible lake views & use of the shared pool.  …see more

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Apartment | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 5

7 Nights min stay

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from £53 /night

£368 - £789 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Attractive apartment for 5 persons, with swimming pool , in Lazise  …see more

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Apartment | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £53 /night

£370 - £614 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Apartment for 4 persons, with swimming pool , in Luino  …see more

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Apartment | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £53 /night

£370 - £614 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Apartment for 4 persons, with swimming pool , in Luino  …see more

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Apartment | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 5

7 Nights min stay

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from £42 /night

£294 - £702 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Apartment for 5 persons, with swimming pool , in Lazise  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £63 /night

£441 - £882 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Attractive apartment for 6 persons, with swimming pool , in Lazise  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

3 Nights min stay

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from £86 /night

£600 - £1016 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
Enjoying an elevated location in the semi rural Pianello countryside this beautiful modern residence is the perfect place for families who are looking for a peaceful stay, with close proximity to the central lake attractions and activities.  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

7 Nights min stay

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from £58 /night

£401 - £742 / week

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  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Apartment for 5 persons, with swimming pool , in Lazise  …see more

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Apartment | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £39 /night

£267 - £582 / week

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  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • Pets welcome
Attractive apartment for 4 persons, with swimming pool , in Lazise  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £63 /night

£441 - £882 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Attractive apartment for 6 persons, with swimming pool , in Lazise  …see more

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Apartment | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £66 /night

£459 - £942 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Apartment for 4 persons, with swimming pool , in Musso  …see more

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Apartment | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £54 /night

£374 - £809 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Attractive apartment for 4 persons, with swimming pool , in Lazise  …see more

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Apartment | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £107 /night

£748 - £908 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car essential
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
Located on the Western shore of Lake Como, this apartment sleep 4 and provides guests with fantastic Lake view living!  …see more

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Apartment | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 7

Very Good 4.5/5 

7 Nights min stay

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from £96 /night

£672 - £1440 / week

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  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
This beautiful apartment (9) is situated within a small Residence of nine apartments all available for rent in a tranquil location. Within the grounds of Residence Griante there is a large private swimming pool (15mX6m), BBQ, sauna jacuzzi/hot tub and private garages.  …see more

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Villa | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £74 /night

£518 - £598 / week

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  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Holiday house for 4 persons, with swimming pool , near the beach in Como  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £58 /night

£401 - £742 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
Apartment for 4 persons, with swimming pool , in Lazise  …see more

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Villa | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

7 Nights min stay

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from £62 /night

£429 - £651 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Holiday house for 5 persons in Maccagno  …see more

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Villa | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

Good 3.5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £400 /night

£2800 - £3760 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Enjoying a fabulous and equally peaceful lakefront location along the unspoilt eastern shore of Pognano Lario and easily accessible from the cosmopolitan city of Como, this unique villa offers the perfect Lake Como retreat for friends and family!  …see more

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Apartment | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £49 /night

£341 - £755 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Apartment for 4 persons, with swimming pool , in Lazise  …see more

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Apartment | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

3 Nights min stay

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from £126 /night

£880 - £1080 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
Family friendly and Stunning panoramic Lake views! This lovely bright apartment (ID 288) is really well equipped and will sleep up to 6 guests. The terrace is equipped for those al fresco meals and there are swings in the garden for the children!  …see more

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Villa | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £685 /night

£4795 - £5050 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Sitting on the shore of Lake Como, near the village of Lezzeno and just five kilometres from the town of Bellagio, is this most elegant villa. Built over three floors with several balconies and a large terrace outside the dining room, this is an ideal spot to enjoy the beautiful views.

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

3 Nights min stay

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from £80 /night

£560 - £840 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
A Sunny Escape in the heart of Ossuccio! This modern apartment will sleep 4 guests.It has a swimming pool, is close to local amenities and beach.  …see more

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Apartment | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

3 Nights min stay

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from £96 /night

£672 - £1064 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
A spacious Porto Letizia property ideal for families and friends. Enjoying all the activities and conveniences of the Porto Letizia holiday village this spacious and modern apartment provides ample accommodation for friends and family up to groups of 8.  …see more

The pace of life in Milan, Lombardy’s capital seems very un-Italian but the city’s combination of technology, fashion and business is indisputably a unique mix which makes this a vibrant destination. The famous opera house of La Scala and the Cenacolo or Last Supper of Da Vinci are the city’s high points, not to mention the boutiques of Via Montenapoleone. Why not pause from shopping to take coffee in the shadow of the Gothic cathedral? Within half an hour’s drive the Orobic Alps beckon, offering great skiing, and to the west and east of Milan, the great lakes of Como, Maggiore and Garda promise magnificent scenery and elegant self catering villas, farmhouses and apartments, not to mention excellent local wines and distinctive cuisine (rice is the staple here rather than pasta).