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The view from our roof top terrace
Ca' Livia, Immersed in a luxuriant garden
The lift
Terrace outside living room
Dining area
The kitchen
Double bed room
Twin/double room
Balcony of the two rooms
Lower level room with sofa-bed
Roof top terrace
Varenna, a pictoresque village on the shore of the lake of Como
The church in Varenna for marriage
Lake side view
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3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Varenna, Lake Como, Lombardy

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Leftturnc...
Belfast, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Loved it!”
Reviewed August 10, 2016 for a stay in July 2016

I stayed here rather than a hotel as we were getting married in Varenna in July 16 which turned out to be the best decision I could have made. The descriptions you can read here are all accurate so there is no point in repeating everything. Simply put, the house is split over 3 levels with large very well maintained grounds which twist from a main road down to the edge of the lake. The ferry stop is about 2 minutes away.

I found the house to be finished to a high standard and the egg chairs on the roof terrace are worth the price of admission alone. Keep an eye out for the family tortoise who likes to hide in the dark walk way from the living room to the lift!

The only small negative to mention is that I expected the towels & bedding to be changed at some stage during the stay.

Overall this is an ideal base for Varenna and exploring the lake & it's worth the money. I'd stay again without hesitation.

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Liked best: House finished to a high standard in a great location
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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caro069
Farnham, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Room with a view!”
Reviewed July 14, 2016 for a stay in July 2016
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This fascinating villa probably has the best location in Varenna. It is very unusual in that it only has outside stairs and a lift. When you arrive by road you start at the top stepping on to the roof terrace with a panoramic view of the lake. Then work your way down to two lovely double rooms with ensuite bath/shower rooms and balconies .The next floor down has the kitchen, living room and dining area and a small loo and basin. There are big glass doors out on to a beautiful terrace with room to eat outside and enjoy the view in sun and shade. Down to the garden level by outside steps only is a small room with a double sofa bed and a loo , bidet and basin in an outside room .This is not a bathroom! We were very disappointed by this and it would have been a disaster if we had not just been a family party so we could share. Completely unmentioned in the villa details is a mezzanine sleeping area above the dining area ideal for children or young teenagers. This would also be a bit difficult with bathroom facilities.
The garden is delightful with a steep path ,illuminated at night and leading to a gate on to the walkway along the waters edge. This was my favourite way to get to the centre of town which only took about 7 minutes.

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Liked best: The location and the views
Liked least: The lack of bathrooms that were described in the details
Traveling group: Extended Family
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Jul 20, 2016
We set out the description as " toilet and laundry ". Thank you.
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Jim W
Clayton, California
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Amazing Place”
Reviewed June 26, 2016 for a stay in June 2016

First, the picture of the view does not do it justice. And there are other decks too. The location is perfect, just up from the promenade, near the boat dock, near the plaza. It is in great shape, all of the amenities you could want. Washer and dryer, but the dryer was hard to work. But the location, view, and proximity to other towns was perfect.

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Liked best: View and location
Liked least: Nothing!
Traveling group: Other
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Jakamoki
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Brilliant yet again”
Reviewed March 5, 2016 for a stay in February 2016

Second time we have stayed here. Still beautiful and great place to hide away in winter. Neat and tidy good variety of utensils and kitchen items so you can cook for yourself

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Liked best: Size of villa
Liked least: 3rd bedroom option
Traveling group: Friends
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486aw
Cincinnati, Ohio
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fantastic lake views and unparalleled accessibility!”
Reviewed February 15, 2016 for a stay in June 2015
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From the moment you step into the Ca Livia House, you feel completely immersed by the panoramic views of Lake Como which seem to dominate every room. Situated on a hill, the house has sweeping, elevated views of the lake in every direction which are the highlight of this magnificent property. The rooftop of the house has been fixed into a spacious deck area with tiled floors and plenty of seating and has spacious wraparound balconies are featured outside each floor of the house.
The house feels authentically Italian, with comfortable furniture and cozy, traditional finishes throughout. The authentic stone walls still dominate the living room, in addition to the soaring, wooden beamed ceilings above, not to mention the wood burning fireplace in the room, perfect for warming up on a rainy day. One thing to note is that each level of the house isn't internally connected, and so to go between floors, you must walk down the stone steps next to the house which can easily get slippery. This, however, is the reason for the small elevator which has been installed attached to the house.
Additionally, while the views and house alone are enough to make this house perfect, the cherry on top is the accessibility that the house has to offer. Walk down the hill on the property, through your own private, lush gardens, through the property gate onto a walkway along the edge of the water. Turn to your left, and the waterfront center of the small town of Varenna is nothing more than a two minute walk away, fitted with a plethora of shops and a wide variety of restaurants (my strongest recommendations being the restaurant at the Hotel Villa Cipressi, or the Osteria Quatro Pass). To your right, even closer, is Varenna’s ferry station, where you can catch a quick ferry ride over to the larger neighboring towns of Bellagio or Menaggio, both of which have enough shopping opportunities (for when Air France loses all four of your bags) and sightseeing to take up an entire day. Additionally, the train station, and hiking locations, such as the path up to the historic Castello di Vezio are no more than five minutes away.
The house is perfect for families such as mine, as everything about the property, including the spaciousness, the views, the accessibility, and the gardens helped us have an amazing time during our four days at Lake Como, the highlight of our Italy vacation. Whether you plan to spend your days in Varenna out and about, sightseeing, or sitting in your villa taking in the sweeping views of the lake, the Ca Livia house is a perfect fit.

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Traveling group: Teenagers
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Tony B
Perth, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best loaction on Lake Como”
Reviewed January 28, 2016 for a stay in January 2016

Awesome place , lovey owners who couldnt help more . Access to everywhere from here , train , ferry or foot . All close and easy . Lovely locals bars and cafes amd people .
Everything layed on

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: One slightly smelly toilet
Traveling group: Extended Family
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Recommended for:
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Ed W
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“The Perfect House to explore Lake Como from!”
Reviewed January 5, 2016 for a stay in October 2015

First off, the pictures don't do this place justice. The house is broken up into four levels with exterior access for each level. The elevator runs on the outside of each level. This worked out great for my fiancé and another couple. The two main bedrooms on the second floor have a shared foyer and two separate and lockable entrances. Each bedroom has their own private bathroom also. The living room/kitchen was very spacious with a loft if you have additional guests, the fireplace was really great for a fall evening also. The gardens located on the grounds were great for pictures and were well tended. We stayed for the last 5 days of our trip and didn't want to leave. If we head back to lake como this would be our place to rent a again. The views from the rooftop terrace were amazing, grab a bottle of wine, cheese and some olives and just relax.

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