Roccolo, overlooking the lake
Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
"Roccolo" is a comfortable flat situated on the top floor of a cottage where the owners themselves live.
With its stunning view, the place is idyllic but all this comes at a price … you can only get there on foot and that means a 5-minute walk at least, depending on how near you find a parking place; remember this if you are interested, since reaching the flat with a number of heavy cases or bags of shopping may not be such an easy task.
However, when you consider that the owners, too, are in the same position, especially as regards shopping, it means that it can be done!
"Roccolo" is ideal if you are looking for a contemplative holiday staying put, if you prefer peace and quiet to crowds, the sound of rustling leaves and the wind to the din of a packed beach. And remember it's only around 5 minutes on foot to a car that can take you anywhere.
The flat consists of a small entrance hall, a dining-living area with a kitchen opening onto the panoramic terrace, which is plenty big enough to eat on and for sunbathing. There is one bedroom with a double bed and wardrobe, and an upper level that can be reached from the entrance hall and the bedroom where another person can sleep. But remember that as it is on the top floor the ceiling is low. There is also a double sofa bed in the living area. The bathroom has a wash basin, WC, bidet and shower.
Outside the view, greenery, olive trees and small swimming pool with salt water (to be shared with the owners) make up for any possible minor inconvenience.
"Roccolo" is near Gravedona, which can be reached on foot in around 20 minutes by taking paths and mule tracks. Though the village is small it offers all the main services such as restaurants, bars, shops, banks, a supermarket, a post office and a hospital. As regards recreation amenities there is an outdoor swimming pool, a beach, a sports centre with a football pitch, 3 tennis courts and an important sailing school that has courses at different levels and highly qualified instructors.
From the jetty you can take a ferry to the most well-known places on the lake, Bellagio, Cadenabbia, Varenna, Cernobbio and Como.
Domaso is the other nearby village, popular with surfers because of the good winds in the area. Here you can sign on for one of the many surfing or kite surfing courses that are organized regularly.
The fact that "Roccolo" is a bit off the beaten track doesn't mean you can't use it as a base for bike rides and hikes along the mountain paths in the area or to reach famous climbing destinations such as Pizzo Badile, Monte Disgrazia, Val Masino/Val di Mello, 40 km - 50 min. by car.
You can even drive to the famous resort St Moritz in Switzerland (82 km - 80 min. approx.) or go by train to Milan (by car/bus to Colico 16 km - 15 min. and from there by train 95 km - 90 min.).
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Gravedona / Domaso 2.2 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Milano Malpensa 110 km, Nearest railway: Colico 16 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access|
|General||Central heating, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Beach towels are not supplied.
|Further details outdoors|
Small outdoor swimming pool with salt water, to be shared with the owners.
The Lombardy region
Lombardy is a northern region of Italy, his capital is Milan, it is the most populous and richest region in the country and one of the richest in the whole of Europe.
Major tourist destinations in the region include the historic, cultural and artistic cities of Milan (which is Italy's second top tourist destination), Brescia, Como, Bergamo, and the lakes of Garda, Maggiore, Iseo and Como.
Lake Como, also known as Lario, is the third largest lake in Italy, it has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times, and a very popular tourist attraction with many artistic and cultural gems.
Many celebrities have or had homes on the shores of Lake Como and it is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy.
As a tourist destination, lake Como is popular for its landscapes, wildlife, and spas.
It is a venue for sailing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing.
The lake is well known for the attractive villas and palaces with admirable gardens (such as Villa Olmo, Villa Serbelloni, and Villa Carlotta) that have been built there since Roman times.
The largest town on the area is Como, with historical monuments, and many shops for that special purchase of Italian fashion..
Gravedona is a small village that offers plenty of opportunities to suit all tastes.
You can relax and sunbathe on the beach and when it gets too hot, jump in the water to cool off. Then in the evening treat yourself to dinner in one of the lakeside restaurants.
If you love sport and enjoy hiking in the mountains or biking with your family or friends there are endless kilometres of roads and paths leading to meadows, mountain refuges and peaks all round the lake.
If you want to escape the crowds, you can spend a very quiet holiday, not in the high summer season of course, but in September/October or in spring or winter, and you can always count on stunning colourful scenery.
If it's culture you're looking for, you can visit monuments and churches in the area, some of which are featured in art history books, such as the Romanesque church of S. Maria del Tiglio. You can go to a piano concert at Palazzo Gallio or wander through the narrow streets of the village, trying to imagine how important Gravedona once was for the economic and social life of the northern part of Lake Como.
Then on 15 August, the Feast of the Assumption, there is the traditional procession of allegorical boats that has been taking place for over sixty years and a firework display that draw crowds from all over the northern part of the lake and nearby Valtellina.
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