Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
The modern spacious detached house is beautifully furnished and has both lake and mountain views.
French doors lead directly out from the living room into the sunny lake view garden, where a stone alfresco dining area provides an idyllic location for alfresco dinner parties, with splendid views of olive groves and the lake.
From the property's location guests can explore the charming hillside location which features a timeless ancient quarter, the incredible lake view St Abbondio Church and idyllic semi-rural aspects. The intriguing lakefront centre can be reached in a matter of minutes by car and here guests will find supermarkets, a bakery, a green grocer's, a children's park, a family-friendly sports bar and lake view restaurant. A regular air-conditioned bus service operates along the western shore, with routes to Como city, Menaggio and Lugano.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Tremezzo 1 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malpernsa 80 km, Nearest railway: Como 30 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Lombardy region
Lake Como, also known as Lake Lario, is the deepest lake of Europe, with a depth of 410 meters (1345 feet), as well as the third biggest Italian lake (146 km2, 56 square miles).
This area, thanks to its mild and humid climate, favours the lushness of an abundant Mediterranean flora: cypress trees, laurel trees, camellias, azaleas, rhododendrons, magnolias, and palm trees.
Inhabited since prehistoric time, this "piece of heaven" is an oasis of peace, where you can relax, enjoy hikes, water sports, taste the excellent local cuisine while you're staring at the majestic mountains diving into the lake.
This wonderful landscape and the surrounding valleys inspired many Italian artists and scientists, such as Alessandro Manzoni, Virgilio, Alessandro Volta...
The Romans were the first to realise the importance of the waterway of Lake Como that they navigated in their biremes transporting legionaries and goods towards the alpine passes in the direction of central Europe.
It was only in 1826 however, the year of launching the "Lario" steamboat that the first regular navigation service was started up for the public. Today, the jumbo-hydrofoils seating 200, and the large motor launches take off on their frequent crossings from the wharf of Piazza Cavour, stopping off in all the main centres of the lake and reaching as far as Colico, 70 kilometres away to the north. The launches offer splendid cruises from April to September with lunch on board, and journeys to satisfy even the most seasoned travellers.
To embark on the "Manzoni", the "Volta", or the historic "Concordia on holidays", heading up the lake, means to live an unforgettable experience. Sailing along the shoreline, we can admire a succession of sumptuous villas, mainly eighteenth century, half-hidden in the little bays or towering over the water, following one after the other like pearls in a sparkling necklace. Then there are the churches, abbeys, picturesque villages, castles and towers that appear by magic amidst the dark green of the oak forests sloping down in all their magnificence from the steep hills to the edge of the deep blue waters.
Mezzegra, along with Bellagio and Varenna, completes the astonishing beauty of one of the most renowned and appreciated Italian frame. This charming village of 952 inhabitants is composed by 5 districts overlooking the Lake Como.
Seeing that agriculture was the main activity, the name of the village might derive from the Latin toponym “inter agros”, that means “in the middle of fields”.
There are historical news about this delightful village, that was mentioned in a document dated at 1049. We also know that Mezzegra was involved into the battle between Guelphs and Ghibellines and had some tax exemptions, becoming part of the Duchy of Milan in 1421.
Its most popular district is Giulino, where, along via XXIV Maggio, Il Duce, Benito Mussolini, and his lover Claretta Petacci, along with some fascist hierarchs were executed (or killed, the debate is still open) by a firing squad. Here, the 28th of April 1945, a very important chapter of the modern Italian history, has come to an end.
The room in via Riale, 4, where the hierarchs spent their last night and now belongs to the house of Mr Giacomo De Maria has been kept intact thourghout the ages, and it should be easily visitable.
The old town centre used to be the sixteenth-century district of Bonzanigo, that in the richly frescoed buildings (Palazzo Brentano, Casa Rosati, Casa Abbate, Palazzo del Vescovo) has preserved traces of the fortune of its original inhabitants, subsequently emigrated to Germany.
The church of St Abbondio (Patron Saint of Mezzegra), is something not to be missed: it overlooks the lake, with a fantastic original concave façade with frescoes attributed to Giulio Quaglio and sumptuous Baroque furnishings.
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