Sant Agatha is located in the historic upper-centre of Ossuccio next to the 13th century church of Sant 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, microwave oven; the dresser stores cutlery & glassware.
A timber spiral staircase leads up to the 1st floor master bedroom with French doors to a balcony offering lake glimpses. The adjacent bathroom provides a sit-bath, basin, toilet, bidet, and washing machine.
Further up to the top floor, the 'mansarda' attic bedroomâ€™s daylight and ventilation are provided by Velux in-roof windows. This space sleeps two in a queen-size double or separated into twins (ideal for children!).
The third bedroom is located on the ground floor, via a tiled staircase down from the kitchen, and also accommodates two guests in either separate twin beds, or with beds joined to form a 3rd queen-sized double bed. This 'basement' bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom with basin, standing shower, toilet, and French doors opening to the secluded laneway under the entry-terrace outside.
The interior of Casa Agata has been freshly decorated and brightly furnished in colours of lemon & orange. The quiet location off the piazza with double glazing ensures a quiet repose with easy access by car to unload, and parking nearby for a comfortable village sojourn.
Whether by car or enjoying the Greenway Walk, shopping at Sigma or Dino's in Lenno is less than 1km away. More locally, downhill at the junction of Via Santuario & Via Statale, supplies can be purchased at the village deli-restaurant-newsagent-tabbacaio San Giovanni, which also sells local C10 (blue) bus tickets.
Restaurants in Ossuccio include Osteria de Giuanin, Locanda Grifo, and Trattoria S. Giacomo, all with alfresco dining in season. A children's playground is located just down the hill opposite the primary school on Via Andrea Castelli where you'll also find a cafe/bar called La Baretta.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 en suite|
|Check in time:||16:00|
|Check out time:||10:00|
|Nearest beach||Lido di Lenno or Sala Comacina 1 km|
|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|
|Luxuries||Fireplace, Internet access|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (1), Single Beds (4), 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, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
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.
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 cafÃ© 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 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.