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Belltowers of Sant Agata and Madonna del Soccorso (behind)

Townhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed

Casa Sant Agata is located in the historic upper centre of Ossuccio next to the 13th century church of Santi Agata e Sisinio overlooking Lake Como.

The casa opens from a small entry terrace into the sitting room with dining table and TV. A small kitchen corner with lake views provides gas hob, fridge/freezer and microwave oven. A dresser stores cutlery and glassware.

A timber spiral staircase to the first floor accesses the master bedroom with balcony offering lake glimpses. The adjacent main bathroom provides a sit-bath, basin, toilet and bidet, and the washing machine. Further up, the attic bedroom sleeps two in separate twin beds, which can be joined to form a queen-size double.

On the ground floor, via the same spiral staircase, a third bedroom also accommodating two in either separate twin beds or joined to form a queen-size double with en-suite bathroom with basin, shower and toilet. This third bedroom can also be entered by a separate entrance to the lane under the entry porch.

The interior is brightly furnished and has been freshly decorated. The location and double glazing ensure a quite repose.

Cars have access to the front door and village parking is located a short distance along the street together with garbage disposal chutes and recycling facilities.

Shopping can be done in nearby Lenno (groceries at Sigma or Dino's), or more locally at the bottom of Via Santuario in the deli-restaurant San Giovanni. Restaurants in Ossuccio include Osteria de Giuanin, Locanda Grifo, and Trattoria S. Giacomo, all with alfresco dining in season. Bar Garden (with children's playground, and tennis courts for hire) offers light meals from 08.00 am – 10.30 pm.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The quaint village of Ossuccio is famous for its churches including the World Heritage listed Santuario (sanctuary) Madonna del Soccorso (c1532) set above the village. This church can be reached via Viale delle Cappelle, a wide walking path linking 14 baroque chapels featuring life-sized dioramas. The path affords spectacular views over Lake Como stretching from Bellagio to Argegno. A café at the rear of the church provides welcome respite for travellers and pilgrims alike.

By the lake shore stands the iconic image of Lake Como, the Romanesque church of Santa Maria Maddalena with its Gothic tower. Here the tourist office arranges tickets and water taxi access to the island to view the protected ruins (access by water taxi also from Sala Comacina). The island's history makes fascinating reading and as a religious centre of the Como region was the site of the important 11C basilica of St Euphemius. The present church of St John was built in the 18c.

More recently on a Sunday in June/July each year the Festival of St John features a religious procession ferried to the island to celebrate an open-air mass in the ruins adjoining the island's 18th century church of St John in memory of the of the battle of 1169 fought against the island's medieval inhabitants defended by a Byzantine garrison in their alliance with Milan, when the Comaschi (from Como) attacked and burnt this last stronghold of the Western Roman Empire to the ground. The day culminates in a spectacular fireworks display. More immediately, the island's Locanda Comacina restaurant celebrates each evening with incantations and a flaming coffee display.

Further towards Sala Comacina with its fine restaurants and micro-climate protected by the island stands the church of SS Giacomo and Filippo (John & Philip). A simple building in the Romanesque style built between the 10th and 12th centuries it is unique for its double bellcote added in the 14th century. The church is also unique for its foundation on bedrock with the addition of two supporting arches extending into the waters of the lake. Important frescos, recently restored can be viewed through a large side window.

From here walkers can follow the road towards Sala Comacina for roughly 200 metres and then take the steps down to the lake. Here the continuation of the ancient Via Regina leads past Villa Beccaria (now called Villa Rachele), where the narrow walled path provides welcome shade and is a joy to amble. Villa Beccaria was built in the mid 1700's for the famous thinker, economist and jurist Ceasar Beccaria, however the current three-story building set in architectural gardens designed by Barzaretto dates from the 19th century. Frequented through the ages by famous philosophers, politicians, historians, and authors including Manzoni, the villa's history makes for fascinating research (the villa is currently closed to the public but available for holiday rental). Past the original entry on the short walk to Sala the path crosses a stream by the original caretaker's cottage, and family funerary monuments set in a walled garden. Then in Sala, turn left to follow the villa's garden wall and take the steps down to the lake, where you can look back to see the waterfront of the villa on the point (la puncia) opposite the island, with its original 'darsena' (underground boat dock).

Sala offers numerous restaurants and bars and provides access to Isola Comacina by water taxi, or further along the waterfront, along the `Lago Lungo` past the beach with enclosed swimming area set into the lake, ferries call at the 'Navigazione` point by Taverna Bleu (tickets available on board), to connect with villages in the north or to Como in the south.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Lido di Lenno or Sala Comacina 1 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 1 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Malpensa 80 km, Nearest railway: Como Lago Nord and Como San Giovanni 20 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire
General Central heating, Air conditioning, TV
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 3
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Swing set, Private fishing lake or river
Access Parking

The Lombardy region

Lake Como is renowned for its lake front villas and natural beauty. Long a fashionable holiday destination with grand hotels, picturesque villages, and breath taking views, Lake Como offers an arresting blend of relaxed lifestyle and international cachet.

From the days of crinoline gowns to Milan at the centre of Italian fashion, Lake Como has remained at the forefront for travellers back to Roman times when the original Via Regina Statale provided the route along the lake's premier western shore and through the Alps to northern Europe and England beyond. Some of this Roman history can be viewed on the Greenway Walk which links the towns along the lake from Colonno to Tremezzo as it weaves between folds in the landscape as they dip and rise along the lake offering narrow vistas and wide panoramas.

Restaurants abound ranging from those offering local lake fare, to fine dining establishments, often with al fresco tables in the most picturesque spots, with many remaining open throughout the year. Inexpensive caffés, gelateria, and pizzeria fill the gaps offering something for everyone at any time of the day or night.

Ossuccio

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The quaint village of Ossuccio is famous for its churches including the World Heritage listed Santuario (sanctuary) Madonna del Soccorso (c1532) set above the village. This church can be reached via the Viale delle Cappelle, a wide walking path linking 14 baroque chapels featuring life-sized dioramas. The path affords spectacular views over Lake Como stretching from Bellagio to Argegno. A café at the rear of the church provides welcome respite for travellers and pilgrims alike.

By the lake shore stands the iconic image of Lake Como, the Romanesque church of Santa Maria Maddalena with its Gothic tower. Here the tourist office arranges tickets and water taxi access to the island to view the protected ruins (access by water taxia also from Sala Comacina). The island's history makes fascinating reading and as a religious centre of the Como region was the site of the important 11C basilica of St Euphemius. The present church of St John was built in the 18c.

More recently on a Sunday in June each year the Festival of St John features a religious procession ferried to the island to celebrate an open-air mass in the ruins adjoining the island's 18th century church of St John in memory of the of the battle of 1169 fought against the island's medieval inhabitants defended by a Byzantine garrison in their alliance with Milan, when the Comaschi (from Como) attacked and burnt this last stronghold of the Western Roman Empire to the ground. The day culminates in a spectacular fireworks display. More immediately, the island's Locanda Comacina restaurant celebrates each evening with incantations and a flaming coffee display.

Further towards Sala Comacina with its fine restaurants and micro-climate protected by the island stands the church of SS Giacomo and Filippo (John & Philip). A simple building in the Romanesque style built between the 10th and 12th centuries it is unique for its double bellcote added in the 14th century. The church is also unique for its foundation on bedrock with the addition of two supporting arches extending into the waters of the lake. Important frescos, recently restored can be viewed through a large side window.

From here walkers can follow the road towards Sala Comacina for roughly 200 metres and then take the steps down to the lake. Here the continuation of the ancient Via Regina leads past Villa Beccaria (now called Villa Rachele), where the narrow walled path provides welcome shade and is a joy to amble. Villa Beccaria was built in the mid 1700's for the famous thinker, economist and jurist Ceasar Beccaria, however the current three-story building set in architectural gardens designed by Barzaretto dates from the 19th century. Frequented through the ages by famous philosophers, politicians, historians, and authors including Manzoni, the villa's history makes for fascinating research (the villa is currently closed to the public but available for holiday rental). Past the original entry on the short walk to Sala the path crosses a stream by the original caretaker's cottage, and family funerary monuments set in a walled garden. Then in Sala, turn left to follow the villa's garden wall and take the steps down to the lake, where you can look back to see the waterfront of the villa on the point (la puncia) opposite the island, with its original 'darsena' (underground boat dock).

Sala offers numerous restaurants and bars and provides access to Isola Comacina by water taxi, or further along the waterfront, along the `Lago Lungo` past the beach with enclosed swimming area set into the lake, ferries call at the 'Navigazione` point by Taverna Bleu (tickets available on board), to connect with villages in the north or to Como in the south.

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