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Residence Celeste Cinque

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Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Residence Celeste Cinque is a 50-square-meter (540-square-feet) apartment

which sleeps five. It has balcony and windows which offer a beautiful view of the lake and of

the shared swimming pool and garden.

The apartment has a bedroom with a double bed, a living room with a double divan bed

and kitchenette and a bathroom. A fold-out single bed can be placed either in

the living room or in the bedroom.

The place

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 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.

The apartment

Residence Celeste Cinque is located on the first floor of the building. 

You can reach the entrance door entering the building from the back, which is at

the street level, and will be able to reach the swimming pool and garden level

along a stairway made up of 35 steps.

The entrance door takes you into a short corridor, which connects the living

room to the bedroom and to the bathroom.  In the living room you will find

a divan bed to sleep two, a table with chairs and a satellite television, as

well as a kitchenette.  The kitchenette is equipped with with a four-burner

cooker, a microwave oven, a small refrigerator with freezer and a dishwasher. 

The ceiling of the living room is made of decorated wood panels.  The

living room has a balcony and a window from which you will be

able to enjoy a wide and open view of the swimming pool, of the garden and of

the lake and mountains.

The bedroom, which has a window that overlooks the back of the building, has

a double bed.  A fold-out bed can be placed either in the bedroom or in the

living room, according to your preference. 

The bathroom, which can be entered from the corridor as well, is equipped

with a shower. The apartment is equipped with a safe box.

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

Serio.

Size Sleeps up to 5, 1 bedrooms
Access Car advised
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
Pool Shared outdoor pool (heated)
General TV, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Iron
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (1), Double beds (2)
Outdoors Shared outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Residence Celeste Cinque is located on the first floor of the building. You can reach the entrance door entering the building from the back, which is at the street level, and will be able to reach the swimming pool and garden level along a stairway made up of 35 steps.

The entrance door takes you into a short corridor, which connects the living room to the bedroom and to the bathroom. In the living room you will find a divan bed to sleep two, a table with chairs and a satellite television, as well as a kitchenette. The kitchenette is equipped with with a four-burner cooker, a microwave oven, a small refrigerator with freezer and a dishwasher. The ceiling of the living room is made of decorated wood panels. The living room has a balcony and a window from which you will be able to enjoy a wide and open view of the swimming pool, of the garden and of the lake and mountains.

The bedroom, which has a window that overlooks the back of the building, has a double bed. A fold-out bed can be placed either in the bedroom or in the living room, according to your preference.

The bathroom, which can be entered from the corridor as well, is equipped with a shower. The apartment is equipped with a safe box.

Further details outdoors

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).

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.

The Lake Como 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.

Mezzegra

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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Calendar last updated:25 Dec 2014

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