Apartment | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7
The accommodation (with a view over the lake) belongs to a residential complex of high standards. Beautifully situated in the lovely town of Lierna, furthermore the house is perfect for an amusing holiday along the Como Lake. Shops and restaurants within 500m. In the surrounding you can visit among others: Varenna along the coast of the lake (via the road s.p.72). The location is ideal for visiting Milan by train, this way you can shop wonderfully in Milan without traffic and parking place. In the town there is a small and easy train station. Via the public boat transport, you can quickly go to Bellagio and reach the other side of the lake. A small distance from the house is a restaurant.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||LIERNA 500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: ORIO AL SERIO 61 km, Nearest railway: LIERNA 800 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Internet access|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (5), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 7, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden|
|Further details indoors|
The entrance on a wide hall is just 10 m away from the swimming pool. The apartment is on one floor and includes: spacious sitting room with TV satellite, stereo and a fireplace, dining room, wide closet, kitchen fully equipped for 7 people with the following facilities: fridge, freezer, microwaves, coffee machine, oven, dishwasher, juicer, iron and iron board, toaster, hangers etc.
A corridor will lead you to your bedrooms and bathrooms:
1st bedroom with double bed, wardrobe, bedside tables and lamps
2nd bedroom with 2 single beds, wardrobe, bedside tables and lamps
3rd bedroom with bunk-beds, and a third single bed, wardrobe, bedside tables and lamps
1st bathroom furnished in white marble from Carrara, equipped with big wardrobe with mirror, wc and Jacuzzi.
2nd bathroom furnished in white marble from Carrara, equipped with big wardrobe with mirror, wc and huge Jacuzzi shower.
|Further details outdoors|
Spacious apartment (120m2 on one floor, ground floor) situated by the Lake of Como, on the Lecco side, where the lake is shining.
This villa (with an outstanding view over the lake) belongs to a residential area.
Among the rest, the facilities we can provide are: 2 swimming pools, tennis court, covered car park, 10.000 m2 communal park, electrical gate provided with your own code and remote control.
Villa Smeraldo is situated in Lierna, a small and typical village on the lake, 200 m away from La Riva Bianca, one of the widest beaches of the lake. Close to the house you will find many shops, bars, restaurants etc. Not far from the house you can visit Varenna (5 km away), and the lake coast. This area is also ideal for winter sports (ST. Moritz being 1 hour drive away) and well positioned to visit Milan avoiding traffic jams, by travelling by train (times and fares on www.trenitalia.com). The Ferry Boat will easily take you to Bellagio and the opposite side of the lake.
Villa Smeraldo is equipped with a covered car park and a private garden fully furnished to have your meals on the patio.
Arrival on Saturday between 16.00/18.00hrs
Departure on Saturday between 8.00/10.00hrs
LATE ARRIVAL EXTRA CHARGES 25 € AFTER 22.30 50 €
EARLY DEPARTURE EXTRA CHARGE 15 € PER HOUR ( before 8.00 a.m)
The swimming pool is open from the first week of June to the last in September
Rents are from Saturday to Saturday (more flexible during Low Season from November to April)
The Lombardy region
As with most subalpine lakes of Italy, the geological origin of the Lake of Como is of a glacial sort.During the quaternary era the whole of the basin was covered by a grand glacier which reached as far as Brianza beyond the lake branches of Como and Lecco forming the existing morenic hills.The lake was formed in the cavity dug out by the glacier.
Evidence of its slow passage is shown by the rocks which still bear signs of erosion and by numerous erratic boulders which are present, mainly on the high plains of the Larian Triangle (the centre part of the Lake).The Lake of Como, which has been inhabited since prehistoric times, has always been an important passageway between the northern regions and the Po Valley.
After the Gauls came the Romans who made it their strategic outpost opening the route on the western bank which connected the "Larius" with the Rhaetia region. Later, during the lombard rule, this pathway still named "Regina", was reopened and restored by Queen Teodolinda.
Because of the important and strategic position of the lake which allowed one to reach the mountain passes of Maloja and Stelvio, the area was for centuries subject to invasions and domination. After the Francs, around the year 1000, the city of Como which had become an independant Commune had to continuously fight for its autonomy. It later was subjected to the signory of the Viscontis and of the Sforzas. These Lordships thought of widening the bed of the Adda in order to have a river link with the Duchy of Milan; for this reason they decided firstly to open the Paderno waterway. Then came foreign rule; first the Spanish then the Austrians and for a brief period even the French.
The Lake of Como measures 146 square kms and is the third biggest Italian lake after Lake Garda and Lake Verbano. It has a characteristic upside-down Y shape with Colico to the north Lecco to the south-east and Como to the south-west. Its perimetre measures 170kms.
The maximum length between Como and Gera Lario is 50km; the maximum width between Fiumelatte and Cadenabbia is 4.4km; the minimum width between Careno and Toriggia measures 650mts; its maximum depth of 410 metres between Argegno and Nesso makes it the deepest of all the European lakes; its average above-sea level is 199mts.
The lake is entirely surrounded by mountains, the highest being Monte Legnone (2609mt) above Colico.
There are 37 rivers flowing into the lake the most important being the Adda followed by the Mera.
The Adda is also its only outlet. It flows out through Lecco and after having formed the lakelets of Garlate and Olginate it continues towards the Po river.
The only island of the lake is Isola Comacina, situated in the Como branch of the lake opposite the commune of Sala Comacina.
The climate and the flora
The Lake of Como is particularly favourable and renowned for its generally mild and humid climate which assists the lushness of nature.
All of this is possible due to the Alpine ridge which resists the winds from the north and also because of the great mass of water of the lakes which tend to reduce sudden drops in temperature.
In the sunnier areas, for example around Tremezzo, the winter climate is never very harsh and in the summer the heat is hardly ever stifling as it is mitigated by great vegetation. However, rainfall is heavy in the pre-alpine zone.
Thanks to these unique climatic characteristics, the flora along the lake banks is varied, abundant and of a mediterranean sort: cypress trees, laurel trees, camellias, azaleas. rhododendrons, magnolias, and palm trees. In some more wet and sheltered areas we can even find tropical and sub-tropical vegetation.
In Tremezzo for example Villa Carlotta is famous for its splendid park where the visitor can admire all sorts of flowers and rare plants; during the warmer seasons we can see azaleas, cacti, austral ferns, palm trees citron trees and orange trees.
The growing of grape-vines and of olive trees is not common because of the geological nature of the land and one can find these in certain areas only.
Along the banks of the lake, certain localities recall a tradition of olive growing: along the west bank there is a zone in Tremezzo which in dialect is called "Zoca de L'Oli" while on the east bank we have Oliveto Lario and Olcio.
On the mountain slopes around the lake there are numerous chestnut woods and higher up one finds pasture-land where narcissuses and lilies of the valley grow.
Lake vegetation is sparce and is found only in areas like the Pian di Spagna as there are neither pools nor areas of still water along the lake banks.
Lierna is situated on the Eastern Coast of the Lecco Branch of Como. This
Beautiful lakeside town which gets plenty of sunshine is full of beautiful villas, many
of which are dating from the 18thand 19thcenturies are primarily second homes for
the Italian Nobility and residents of nearby Milan. Lierna has a great position ÌJ1that
within 20 mins you can be in the heart of Lecco and just 10 mins drive from Lierna
you can enter the superstrada (dual carriageway) for easy access to many other towns
and the Rhaetian Alps, S1.Moritz etc.,
For an attractive and pleasant view of a typical Larian town, a visit to Lierna is a must where, taking a little boat, you can go about a 100 metres out into the lake. You will be amazed by the imposing backdrop of the mountains and the delicate lacy border of the town in the foreground, stretching along the lakeside. You can see the proud aristocratic villas forming a natural contrast to the austere church of S. Ambrogio, the small peninsula where you can make out the ruined tower of the Castle, the town walls along the lakeside, the steep stairway climbing up to Bancola. For a different viewpoint, now take one of the paths leading up to the upper villages and enjoy the relaxing sight of vineyards and olives groves, but try to resist the temptation to turn round until you reach the crest of the Lierna Alps. Now you can turn round and take in what is one of the most beautiful and evocative panoramas in the central area of the lake and along the whole eastern
PLACES OF INTEREST ON LAKE COMO:
CITY OF LECCO
VARENNA: VILLA MONASTERO,VILLA CIPRESSI, VEZIO CASTLE,ST. GIORGIO CHURCH, THE SOURCE OF FIUMELATTE
BELLAGIO:VILLA MELZI, VILLA SERBELLONI
BELLANO: THE GORGE “ORRIDO”
TREMEZZO/CADENABBIA: VILLA CARLOTTA
CADENABBIA: SAN MARTINO SANCTUARY
LENNO: VILLA BALBIANELLO
MENAGGIO - VILLA MYLIUS VlGONl
CADENABBIA - THE CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION
THE CITY OF COMO
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