On day one we arrived to an deserted villa, thankfully our taxi driver rang the owner who arrived to allow us access. Shown to a room in the recently restored building but had to move into the main villa as the water supply refused to work. OK no problem after all lots of rooms to choose from as we were the only guests !! The lady that owned the business seemed rushed and preoccupied as she breezed about. We quickly realised her English was about as good as our Italian which was going to be interesting. We were then left to our own devices and set out to explore what turned out to be a beautiful area with a lovely restaurant, the Locanda Ferandi in the village. The owner Grace is an amazing lady and the food is exceptional and highly recommended. They make you feel part of the family. However be prepared for a very steep walk there and back from the villa (15 minutes) with a torch. We did'nt hire a car and found the bus service minimal but you can connect most areas from Gavardo (the main town) by walking into the village. The last bus back is around 6.30pm from Gavardo so just in time for more of Grace's lovely food after a long day of hill walking. It is wise to check out the bus services early if you want to visit the lake area as you may have to set out early. There are graded walks in the immediate area and we chose several, all of them easy to follow but be prepared, good walking shoes are essential as some of the tracks are loose or very wet underfoot and most of them are very steep either uphill or down. But the views are worth it. The Villa Giulia itself is very pretty but sadly not up to the mark as a B&B. Our room was OK, it did have one or two flaws such as the shelf over the sink which threatened to break your nose and the TV that could'nt be seen for the drape around the bed but apart from that it was fine. The views from the balcony were superb which is just as well as apart from that the village appeared to be asleep 24 hours !! Sadly breakfast was a real let down, however this may have been due to the language barrier. We were served the same thing each day which consisted of 2 tasteless white bread buns, 2 croissants, some jam, tea which had little taste and warm coffee. Only on one occassion did we get some ham and cheese and even then it was just enough for two. Most of the products appeared to come from Lidl which was dissapointing. We took it in our stride and got a top up from the local store !!! which by the way shuts before 2pm. If you enjoy your walking and don't want the personal touch then the Villa is for you.
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