Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
The dazzling views of Lake Como, the jutting promontory of Bellagio, and the not-so-distant Alps are memorable. When this visual bounty is seen at sunset, as you will from Zaffiro, the effect is magical and transfixing. Located in a neighborhood of equally impressive lakeside villas, Zaffiro sits within a gated garden (2000 meter) of cypress, cedar, oak, wisteria and jasmine. The villa rests on the outskirts of the refreshingly non-touristy town of Lierna, on Como's eastern shore.
Zaffiro offers a generously open living, dining and kitchen area that expands onto two full furnished terraces, one facing the lake and the other the garden, just beyond the garden lies the town's rocky beach (direct access from the Villa). Parking is free at the property. Zaffiro is located within walking distance of a city or town.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergamo Orio al Serio 61 km, Nearest railway: Lierna 600 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||Internet access, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Further details indoors|
All bedrooms and full bathrooms are on the ground floor with 16 steps up to the common areas.
Ground level: Main entrance.
1° Bedroom with queen size bed, doors to the garden and en suite bathroom with shower.
2° Bedroom with two single, joinable beds, doors to the garden and en suite bathroom with shower. 3° Bedroom with a queen size bed, doors to the garden and en suite bathroom with shower.
4° Bedroom with two single beds, door to the courtyard.
Laundry room with washing machine and dryer; iron ecc.
Upper level:The living/dining room furnished in a contemporary style is a spacious, bright, open room with floor to ceiling windows; fireplace, TV sat, CD player, ADSL Internet access for laptops, 1 service bathroom and doors to two furnished terraces. Kitchen area with stove top, oven, fridge and dishwasher, coffee machine, microwave ecc.
|Further details outdoors|
Zaffiro sits within a gated garden (2000 meter) of cypress, cedar, oak, wisteria and jasmine. Two full furnished terraces, one facing the lake and the other the garden, just beyond the garden lies the town's rocky beach (direct access from the Villa). Parking is free at the property.
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)
Rents are from Saturday to Saturday (more flexible during Low Season from November to April)
Payment conditions: 50% at confirmation, balance at the delivery of the keys
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 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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9 Jul 2014
"Well-equipped house with great lake access."
Six family members - five adults and a five year old - spent a week at Villa Zaffiro July 2014. The house is well-equipped for an extended family - the only limitation is that three of the four bedroo… More
12 Feb 2014
"Very good position"
Beds very uncomfortable and pillows very old bedding old too and towels so thin.Place flooded when we had a storm, up all night mopping water.owner could speak good english untill we complained! Coffe… More
Dear Peta and David, thank you. Feedback from our guests is very important.
Many months have passed since your visit to Lake Como in October and this review you have just now posted. I hope that, despite the unusually bad weather and some disappointments you had, your memories of your trip are warm and satisfying.
Clearly, flooding rain and a local power outage were not the fondest moments of your visit. So much of Lake Como life is spent outdoors, so the unusual weather was surely a disappointment. We did our best to address all your requests - as you note, we immediately replaced the coffee machine - but we apologise if you feel we did not do enough.
Nothing is more subjective than the comfort of a mattress or cushion. We've not had complaints in the past but we will certainly take your comments into consideration. Currently, we replace the mattresses every two seasons.
More than anything, we want our guests to enjoy their time on Lake Como. Our contribution to an enjoyable stay is the comfort of our apartments and satisfaction with our service. Guest feedback - positive or negative - helps us do this better.
15 Jul 2013
"Better than we imagined!"
This was our first experience using tripadvisor for rentals, booking went smoothly but we were still a little nervous to see how the facilities and location worked out. Upon arrival our fears disappea… More
2 Apr 2013
"Lovely italian house"
very nice house, a walk down from local amenities ie bakery, cafe, veg shop. amazing views from your very large living space and a well equipped kitchen. Cattanio's very lovely restaurant opposit… More
27 Mar 2012
Stayed here Summer 2011 with friends and really enjoyed this villa. superbly equipped and nicely furnished although outdoor furniture could do with replacing. The location of the villa is second to n… More
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