After reading the great reviews online I booked a stay for 3 nights on the lake before going on to Milan to meet up with a friend. My stay was perfect from the moment I arrived. The apartment was spotless, I had a huge balcony all to myself and the view was magnificent. I was a bit apprehensive about my trip as I was travelling on my own for the first time but the receptionist Renanta put me completely at ease by emailing me beforehand and then texting once I arrived with details of how to get from Milan to Mandello. I still had a little mishap and got the wrong train but she was very helpful and called me when I was lost advising me of which train to take to get back and then she even came and met me at the station. First class service all round. The area of Mandello itself is a lot quieter than some other towns, Bellagio for instance, but if you're looking to relax in a peaceful and serene environment then this is the perfect place to stay. The lido is just a short stroll from the apartment and great for swimming and there is a small beach area there too which was great as it was 35 degrees every day. I also took a day trip to Verenna and hiked up to the castle on the top of the hill. The views from up there were breathtaking but be warned - you'll definitely need to take a large bottle of water with you for the journey if the weather is as good for you as it was for me. As this is an apartment rather than a hotel you'll need to travel fully equipped with towels and toiletries, but the kitchen area is fully equipped with plates, pans and cutlery. That's if you decide to eat in - there are a number of restaurants in the area and as others have written, a small bakery next door to the apartment and two Gellato shops! All in all a really enjoyable, perfect stay. I was sad to leave and head on to Milan but in the end had a great time there too. If I had to pick between the two though I would pick Lake Como every time!
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- Residence Giardinetto Mandello Del Lario, Italy - Lake Como