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“walk in heaven” 5 of 5 stars
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Pescallo Apartments
via Sfrondrati 18/20, 22021 Bellagio, Italy   |  
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“walk in heaven”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Second time at Pescallo Apartments and once again has been a wonderful and unique experience. I am shocked to read the review of maralinka from Surrey (UK), it seems that the lady has visited another place. My friends and I have lived both apartments and everything was perfect also this time. The owner, Pietro, reserved us the warmest welcome and he recommended some excellent restaurants where we had amazing dinners (all reachable via a beautiful walk). Pescallo Apartments is a unique place in the world, the value of your vacation here is totally priceless, this is really one of the best place I have ever seen in my life. I can recommend it to all people who want to feel at home on the shore of the most romantic lake ever

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Tipperary, Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

I stayed in the Pescallo Apartment number 2 with 4 friends in late July/early August this year.
Belaggio is a beautiful area with plenty to see and do.
The Pescallo apartments while tastefully decorated and pleasing to the eye initially, left quite a bit to be desired by the end of our week.
Two of the bedrooms are up in the loft with no windows and only a skylight, they are very cramped with very little wardrobe space. They were air conditioned which certainly helped somewhat. The bathrooms were very nice.
Unfortunately the downstairs living area was neither air conditioned or had a ceiling fan, so we had to leave the balcony door and windows open for some air. On our second night we had just finished our evening meal when a rat appeared down the chimney. Myself and the 2 other ladies fled upstairs while the men chased it out. The following day we closed up the chimney but during the evening our unwelcome visitor arrived again through the balcony door.
Therefore for the duration of our holiday we had to keep the windows and door shut leaving us somewhat in a sauna and very uncomfortable.
The owner Pietro who seems a very nice man, and speaks good English, called to us the night before we went home. We filled him in on our experiences and misgivings and advised him to get air con or a ceiling fan and also to remove the Virginia creeper that adorned the whole building. His response was that the weather was unusually hot and he couldn’t remove the creeper as it was a listed building as such. Ok that is fair enough but a ceiling fan please??!!
My second concern is the passageway from Pescallo to Belaggio. One has to climb up very steep cobbled steps to get to Belaggio, as there are no shops in Pescallo this was a daily task. The precipitous climb takes about 15 – 20 minutes with plenty lizards for company. On reaching the top we were breathless and struggling. Definitely not a place for the elderly or infirm.
Another niggle I had was we were not allowed to wash our clothes or dry them in the apartment. If we needed our clothes laundered they supplied a service at €7 per wash + €5 to dry.
All things said we made the most of our week as the apartment had cost €3,300.00 but definitely would not return to Pescallo Apartments if visiting the lake again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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pietrocastagna, Proprietario at Pescallo Apartments, responded to this review, October 27, 2012
I am very sad for this review
and I did not understand very much that the customer writes
especially the fact that I have to remove the ivy from home!
but I respect every opinion.
Luckily there are 23 other
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012 via mobile

Perfect location, wonderful accommodation, lovely host. I could not fault anything about Pescallo apartment No. 1.

Close enough to Bellagio to enjoy all it has to offer, but without the throngs of tourists. The apartment was like a home away from home. Beautiful and tasteful decor and all mod cons, including floor heating and WiFi. The apartment was kept spotless everyday and Pietro went out of his way to be helpful.

Would not stay anywhere else in the Bellagio region - highly, highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011 via mobile

Gorgeous apartment in Bellagio. A ten minute walk to the centre of Bellagio up some awesome cobble stone stairs. Very contemporary style apartment and amazing views over the lake. The owners are very friendly and made excellent recommendations for lunch, dinner, things to do, etc. Would definitely stay there again

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2010

Pietro's flat may very well be the nicest accomodation I've stayed in away from home. I agree with the previous reviewer. The flat has been lovingly decorated and the finish is of a very high standard. His furniture and architectural choices create a comfortable and modern apartment in one of the most beautiful places in the world. We stayed in Apartment 2, which is the larger of the two. We had three bedrooms (all en suite), a fully equipped kitchen, a dining room to accomodate 8 guests and a living room with views across the lake. Fantastic place to watch the a sunrise and to have a glass of wine at the end of the day. You would be hard pressed to find a more amiable host than Pietro. We stayed in the flat with my parents and my 14 month old son. Though the flat wasn't designed with children in mind, Pietro took the time to build a crib for my son and even furnished bedding and a stuffed animal. He has spared no expense to offer guests a home on Lake Como. The marina in Pescallo is quiet and picturesque. The walk to town is fairly steep, so it would be difficult for anyone with physical limitations, but I grew to enjoy the walk. If nothing else, it gave me an excuse for an extra scoop of gelato (Gelato del Borgo in town is easily the best in Bellagio). If you are traveling with friends or family, you could not do better than a stay at Pietro's Pescallo Apartments. I'll post a few photos to make the decision easier.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2010

Just returned from an amazing week staying in Pescallo Residence Apartments in Bellagio. Pietro the owner, an Architect and furniture maker had just completed the renovation of the two apartments this July 2010, they are both part of a very large house that sits on the edge of the lake looking out to the mountains. We stayed in the two bedroomed apartment, there is also a three bedroomed apartment next door. Every detail of the apartment has been lovingly restored and the finish was immaculate, beautiful oak floors and hand made furniture as well as high tech self closing windows (for when it rains) entry phones, wifi, and a DVD player. There was a daily maid service and laundry service if required and Pietro met us on arrival and gave us lots of great recommendations for restaurants, boat hire, supermarkets and sightseeing. The apartment was in a lovely area called Pescallo which had lots of little boats bobbing around in the water, it was incredibly peaceful and we slept so well as there was no traffic noise. The view from our bedroom window was breathtaking and we sat for hours just looking at the scenery from our balcony that leads off from the lounge.The busy village of Bellagio was just a 10 minute walk through the little cobbled street behind the apartment, it is a very pretty but quite steep walk so may not be suitable for the elderly. Bellagio had lots of lovely restaurants to choose from in the evening and also had a small ferry port to enable you to visit many other beautiful places on Lake Como. It was such a memorable trip and found it very hard leave the beautiful house that we felt so much at home in.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: via Sfrondrati 18/20, 22021 Bellagio, Italy
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Location: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Bellagio
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #3 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Bellagio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
PESCALLO a grand, historic home in Bellagio on the shores of Lake Como, a special house, totally covered with an ivy (ampelopsis) more than 100 year sin a sheltered corner by the shouting and tourism chaotic Bellagio, but a three-minute walk from the center, in two years has been transformed into a unique and well-kept residence There are two units available the number "1" 80 square meters, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large living room, a kitchen the number "2" 130 square meters with three bedrooms, one on the top floor of the tower, three bathrooms, a huge living room, a kitchen. All units are designed to give the customer a service worthy of a large suite a Grand Hotel, but with the privacy and intimacy of a private home on the shores of Lake Como The owner, an interior designer by profession, and an excellent and attentive host,has restructured and furnished with great care throughout the property, giving attention to every detail:air conditioning ( only in the bedrooms) , Wi-Fi connection, waitress for daily cleaning,linen sheets, soft bathrobes, boat rental (delivered directly to the home dock)cooking course, lunch or a dinner delivered direct to apartment, etc. ..all directly on the lake shore, with every window that gives you the feeling of being on a boat and with a small beach where you can dive in the clean water for a swim!The furnishings are simple shapes and materials,a mix of apparel fabrics and old wood recovery,containers that disappear and large, deep sofas, soft lighting, huge fireplaces and paintings of modern art, great contrast between the white walls and dark floors and stainless kitchens, everything has been designed and designed specifically for the home, and is now in production on the holding of furniture of the owner.a home for an exclusive, unforgettable and relaxing vacation to appreciate the sun of spring and summer, or with the colors of autumn, or the intimacy of winter for a short romantic weekend or a family vacation,or a work situation in peace for any time, season, or occasion, take your time with the rhythm of Pescallo. ... more   less 
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