Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3
Residence Celeste Due is a studio apartment for up to three guests. It is 30
square meters (320 square feet), and it has a terrace of 10
square meters (110 square feet) which offers a beautiful view of the lake and of
the shared swimming pool and garden.
The apartment has a double divan bed in the living area, a fold-out single
bed, kitchenette and a bathroom.
Residence Celeste was built at the end of the eighteenth century by members
of the noble family Brentano-Mezzegra. The reason for building the mansion
is singular, to say the least. Legend has it that the sons of the Count
Brentano-Mezzegra, upset with their father during a family feud, erected a new
building just in front of the family palace, to block the view of the lake that
the Count so much enjoyed. We don't know how much is history and how much is
tale, but something is for sure: the new residence enjoys a spectacular view of
the lake, while the imposing building right at its back has been "obscured", so
Throughout the following centuries the building has been used as a monastery
and then as a farmhouse. It was an old country residence still in 2001,
when it has been restored and divided into nine holiday apartments.
The residence is located in the quiet village of Mezzegra, approximately 500
meters (550 yards) from the town center, in an uphill position
that offers a wide and charming view of the lake, of the town of Bellagio on the
opposite shore, and of the surrounding mountains. Mezzegra is a tiny lakeside village, which has a
place in history because it's here that, on April 28th 1945, Benito Mussolini
was executed, or assassinated, depending on who tells the story.
Residence Celeste can be reached by car, or, if you don't mind a bit of
uphill/downhill walking, you will be able to stay at this place and move around
by bus and ferry. The bus stop is at approximately 500 meters (550 yards)
from the villa, and the owners provide a shuttle service to and from the bus
stop for a small fee, if requested. If you have a car, you will be able to
park it on the premises, inside a fenced area.
The nine apartments at Residence Celeste are arranged on four floors, and
they all share a very nice heated swimming pool of 12 x 5.50 meters (40 x
18 feet), 1.40 meters (4.6 feet) deep, a solarium equipped with
umbrellas and sun beds, and a garden with tables and chairs. The swimming
pool is open from June 1st until September 15th, from 9 am to 7 pm. The
residence is also equipped with a sauna (pay-per-use).
At the residence you will also find a laundry room, with a washing machine, a
dryer, iron and ironing board. The washing machine and the dryer are
token-operated, and tokens can be bought on the premises.
A kids' playground is at approximately 100 meters (110 yards) from the
residence, and nearby you will also find a tennis court. At 500 meters
(550 yards) there is the closest restaurant, a cafe and grocery stores.
More restaurants, cafes and stores are in the nearby village of Lenno,
approximately 1.5 km (1 mile) from Residence Celeste.
Residence Celeste Due is located on the ground floor of the building, and you
will reach its terrace from the garden area climbing six steps.
The terrace offers a lovely view of the garden and pool area, and of the lake
with the surrounding mountains as well. The terrace of Residence Celeste
Due is separated from the terrace of Residence Celeste Tre by a step, on which
flowers pots have been lined up. The two apartments, Due and Tre, are next
to each other but have separate pathways leading to their terraces. The
two terraces are side-by-side and there is no physical barrier between the two.
On the terrace you will find a table with chairs as well as an umbrella.
From the terrace you will enter into a large room with a characteristic
vaulted ceiling. In this room you will find a comfortable sofa that opens
into a regular double bed, a kitchenette, a table with chairs and a fold-out
bed. The kitchenette is equipped with a four-burner cooker, a microwave
oven, a small refrigerator with freezer and a dishwasher. The apartment has a
satellite television and a safe box. The room has two glass doors that
take you back to the terrace, and from which you will enjoy a view of the lake.
A door takes you to a small access area and hence to the bathroom, which is
equipped with a shower.
Nearby tourist attractions
The village of Mezzegra lies on the western shore of Lake Como, 30 km (20
miles) from Como and from Lugano, and 80 km (50 miles) from Milan. You
will be staying just 10 minutes for the well-known village of Lenno, with its
famous "Villa del Balbianello", where, among other things, scenes for "Star
Wars" and "A Month by the Lake" where shot.
Other nearby attractions are Villa Carlotta, in the neighbouring village of
Tremezzo, and, across the lake, the villages of Bellagio and Varenna. You
will be able to reach Bellagio and Varenna by ferry (departures from Menaggio
and Cadenabbia, cars can be taken on board).
In the Lake Como area you will find a wide range of tourist services: fitness center,
squash facilities, mountain bike rentals,
tennis courts and gyms. Water skiing is also available, and there is an golf
course 30 minutes away.
The closest airports are Milano Malpensa, Milano Linate and Bergamo Orio al
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||1 km|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Milan Malpensa 87 km, Nearest railway: Varenna 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden|
|Further details outdoors|
Residence Celeste was built at the end of the eighteenth century by members of the noble family Brentano-Mezzegra. The reason for building the mansion is singular, to say the least. Legend has it that the sons of the Count Brentano-Mezzegra, upset with their father during a family feud, erected a new building just in front of the family palace, to block the view of the lake that the Count so much enjoyed. We don't know how much is history and how much is tale, but something is for sure: the new residence enjoys a spectacular view of the lake, while the imposing building right at its back has been "obscured", so to speak.
Throughout the following centuries the building has been used as a monastery and then as a farmhouse. It was an old country residence still in 2001, when it has been restored and divided into nine holiday apartments.
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.
The Como area owns an incredible artistic heritage, that’s why it offers different options for those who really want to "live" the lake of Como: cultural tours to Como or to Lecco, relaxing walking tours on the green valleys of the area or among the towns where you may visit the characteristic villas of the area and the Romanesque churches that testify of a Middle Age period in Como… as well as dark works of military fortifications of various ages, where you’ll listen and learn anecdotes and legends that are reminders of a turbulent and adventurous past.
All this and more awaits you in the Lake Como area.
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.
There is also the primitive Romanesque church, some decades later transformed into a canonic one and the small church of St Giuseppe that definitely worth a visit.
Just above the built-up area, you will find Pràa de la Taca: a very suggestive hillock where, it is said, there were celebrated some Sabbaths. This area is also known as Monte degli Stampi – Mount of Moulds – thanks to the presence of fossils and phenomenons of karstification, similar to real human prints.
This territory used to be cultivated with olive, grape-vine, and mulberry trees and on higher altitudes, people exploited huge chestnut-trees in order to get some firewood.
Nowadays the grape-vine is still cultivated and there's indeed a good production of a lovely red wine called Mugnano, that you can enjoy in total relax in any of the traditional small local bars.