Situated in the locality of Fonte Uga, Fiumelatte within a gated 21st century residence which stands on the former site of Villa Capoana (a notable villa from 1605 which was built for the Duke of Mount Marciano and was home to noble families for many generations), a unique holiday stay awaits! The construction of the modern residence sympathetically restored the monumental fountain and garden area of the villa, to retain the rich heritage and prestige of the site.
Inside, the modern apartment features bleached-oak parquet floor and soft painted suede finish walls. It is fitted with modern appliances and a fully-fitted kitchen which allows you to cook your favourite Italian dishes whilst away, using fresh herbs available in the garden area. There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms, one of which has a 'built–in' tiled bath tub, big enough for two, letting you relax together in style. The two inviting double bedrooms both enjoy flat screen HD TVs and enjoy direct access through French doors to the guests’ spacious sunny terrace. There is also a flat screen HD TV with Sky movie channels and DVD player to the living area which is framed by two large sliding glass doors to access the spectacular terrace, giving picture-postcard views of the lake throughout the apartment and creating a superb entertaining area.
You can enjoy the heat of the sun on this spacious front terrace while preparing a barbeque on the outdoor grill, or stay cool under the shade of cypress trees, in the beautiful paved garden behind.
A special feature of this apartment is that it has direct access to the monumental fountain. You can sit there in the private garden sipping wine, or dining in the shade of the cypress and palm trees whilst watching the water run through the fountain down to the lake, only a few meters below.
The apartment has an underfloor heating system which keeps it warm during the colder season and air-conditioning to the master bedroom, to keep it cool in the summer. It also has a private garage with automatic remote-control doors. The property is accessed by elevator with private keys.
This apartment is connected by (lockable) internal doors to Della Fontana Loft apartment. The two apartments can be rented together to create a unique 4- bathroom luxury complex sleeping up to 12.
The apartment is in the village of Fiumelatte, part of the beautiful town of Varenna, just 1 km away on the Eastern shore of Lake Como. The property has been designed to take full advantage of the lakes premier view of the 'Golden Triangle' (Bellagio, Menaggio and Varenna). Fiumelatte is a charming village and offers a train station nearby with Milan links (via Lecco).
Varenna is home to Italy's shortest river, the Fiumelatte. Only 250 meters long it rushes, frothy and milky-white (hence the name) down the rock face and crashes into the lake from the end of March to the end of October each year. And then it stops - just like that. Leonardo da Vinci climbed down to find out where the water came from (without success!), as recorded in his Codice Atlantico notebook.
The two famed villas of Villa Cipressi, with its terraced gardens cascading down to the shores & Villa Monastero, a true botanical showcase are located nearby.
With the mild climate & abundant sunshine & warmth right into the evening olive & cypress trees abound as well as
many other varieties of lush, tropical plants, typical of the lake, creating a paradise perfect for getaways!
Skiing in the area is bountiful; resorts such as Madesimo, only 1.15hr north of Colico and the local ski resort of Piani di Bobbio, only 40 minutes away - http://www.pianidibobbio.com
- Lake View
- Smoking Not Permitted
- Wheelchair Access
- Pets Not Permitted
- Air Conditioning
- American Fridge
- Child Friendly
- Coffee Machine
- Cooker Hob
- Digital TV
- Electric Kettle
- Full Kitchen
- Iron/Ironing Board
- Music Stereo
- Outside Dining Area
- Outside Table & Chairs
- Private Parking Space
- Suitable for Elderly
- Under Floor Heating
- Washing Machine
- Wifi Available
Activities & Attractions
Seasonal Weekly Tariffs
|#||Min stay||Start date||End date||Price|
|2 nights||12 Oct 2019||13 Dec 2019||€1176|
|2 nights||14 Dec 2019||03 Jan 2020||€1421|
|2 nights||04 Jan 2020||24 Apr 2020||€1176|
|2 nights||25 Apr 2020||19 Jun 2020||€1421|
|2 nights||20 Jun 2020||28 Aug 2020||€2275|
|2 nights||29 Aug 2020||09 Oct 2020||€1421|
|2 nights||10 Oct 2020||18 Dec 2020||€1176|
|2 nights||19 Dec 2020||08 Jan 2021||€1421|
|Additional Service Charge: €170 (7 days & less) & €170 (7 days plus)|
Our trip to Italy was amazing. Our stay in Lake Como exceeded all expectations. The VRBO experience was the best ever. This place was a five star experience! All of the help and information could not be better.
We have already recommended La Dolce Vita to friends and family. My son and his wife who live in Italy plan to rent it in the fall.
Thank you for how easy you made this process and the wine and croissants that greeted us upon our arrival really put us over the top! My soul is forever changed after spending time at this location on the veranda.
Mike & Monica - United States
Just wanted to drop you a note and say what a lovely time we had once again in Varenna.
The Dolce Vita apartment was excellent and we hope to visit again at the same time next year.
We had a great holiday and were thoroughly pleased with la Dolce Vita; it is a great property.
As for restaurants, we particularly liked Hosteria del Plantano, right down the road, Osteria Quattro Pass in Varenna, and Silvio in Bellagio. Favorite activities were hiking the paths around Varenna, particularly to the source of the Fiumelatte, going to the beach at Lierna, and the Moto Guzzi museum (I’m biased, as I have a Moto Guzzi).
Hello, I had sent a note to George when we first returned about the apartment...maybe he has not shared that with you.
We LOVED the apartment, it was perfect for our restful get away. It was furnished nicely and I was amazed at all the dishes and pans. Most rentals have just the bare necessities but this was wonderful. The location was great...we did have a car but only used it twice during the week. We walked to Varenna to get the ferry and enjoyed walking along the gardens. Each time we passed Fiumelatte, we would stop and feel the cool air rushing from the raging water.
We went to Bellagio twice, we really loved that town. And we went to Menaggio as well. We also drove to Lugano one day and then also took the train to Milan one day. Mostly we stayed around the lake and had lunch out every day then returned to the apartment where we would cook some delightful Italian food and watch the sun set over the lake...pure heaven! We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary so it was wonderful to be where it was quiet and relaxing.
The directions to the apartment were terrific, we had no challenges finding it or getting the keys and navigating the parking garage. We did have an issue with the key to the apartment(the first door) we could not get the key to turn in the lock and we had to wiggle it for 20 minutes. I did send a note to George about this and he was having someone look at it. Everyone we dealt with at Happy Holiday Homes was terrific and we would definitely use your rental services again. The people who rented the apartment before us left garbage under the sink in the kitchen and I hope that they were informed that they should have removed all the trash...it started to smell...yuk! I don't think there were any other renters in the building while we were there so it was very quiet.
I did write a review on Trip Advisor as well about our experience on Lake Como.
Thank you for making our vacation a very memorable one. We have been to other parts of Italy, but this was by far the most beautiful...we will certainly be back!
We liked La Dolce Vita very much. The view from the veranda was as advertised - fabulous. Other than the issues listed below, we found our stay very nice. The information provided within the condo was helpful and facilities were good. Interesting that only two devices could connect thru the WIFI simultaneously, but that wasn't an issue. The garage was a plus.
We had a fabulous time in La Dolce Vita and on the shores of Lake Como. Varenna and Bellagio were more beautiful thaN we could have imagined, and staying in the quiet of Fiumelatte was also very special. The views over the lake from the balcony are to die for! We would also recommend the wonderful restaurant there (Crotto del pino), both for its food and the incredible views. Future visitors might like to be aware that some of the trains from/to Lecco stop at Fiumelatte, and one can walk down the short (if steep and slightly over-grown) path straight down into the village.
Thank you very much for all your helpful information and assistance,
We appreciate your interest in our vacation and many suggestions. When we go to Menaggio we will surely stop in to say,"Hello". Fortunately, we have a private tour of all the places in Milan you mentioned including The Last Supper.
We have also researched the gardens and villas and expect to spend a lot of time at the outstanding ones. Gardens & architecture are wonderful places to visit and we have enjoyed them during our travels here and abroad.
I have a passion for food and have looked forward to dining in your area. Fortunately we walk a lot which helps when eating in Italy. Since La Dolce Vita is on the outskirts of Varenna we expect to be working off our meals with some frequency.
We are leaving golf behind and focusing only on the lake, beauty, food and people when we go this time.
I have heard all about the Outlet and may not be able to resist the temptation especially if we have a rainy day.
Thanks again and picture me with a glass of wine on the terrace at La Dolce Vita fulfilling a dream.
La Dolce Vita spoiled us for the rest of our holiday and set a very high standard indeed. The private terrace and views of the lake, Varenna, Menaggio & Bellagio were just amazing.
The apartment was extremely comfortable & functional - a perfect home away from home.
We had a car, for which I was grateful & having secure parking was a godsend.
The staff at Happy Holiday Homes provided excellent information on the villa as well as great suggestions on places to visit.
Overall our 8 night stay at La Dolce Vita was the highlight of our 4 week holiday in Italy & I would recommend it unreservedly!
Laundry: We've been travelling in France and Italy for ~ 2 months now, and this is the first apartment with 'Laundry Facilities' that has both a washer and a DRYER! This was a most pleasant surprise, and we think you should tout this in the web ads.
TV: This is also the first place with more than BBC in English. The service and screen here are modern enough to be able to menu-switch most movies and shows to English. Bummer, as who want to sit around (finally) watching TV on good weather days on Lake Como?
Kitchen: Cooking with the stuff in most holiday apartments is just a bit above camping. Double, but just barely. Here the kitchen is equipped so well that Laura is planning to buy some Le Creuset pans when we get back. Same with the pasta cooker, food processor, etc.
Style: This place is so cool that companies should give stuff to showcase, as with the kitchen. We also love the hamper, the living room lamps, the drawers in the kitchen and the dressing room, the chairs, etc. etc. etc.
La Dolce Vita.. is aptly named!
We loved our stay at La Dolce Vita, the apartment was great with a perfect view of the lake, all the amenities were excellent, modern and convenient. Our trips to Bellagio, Menaggio and drive over to Lugano and eventually to Foxtown for some serious shopping for the ladies all were wonderful; I would recommend renting a car in Lecco on the way down, we did this the next day when we realised the inconvenience and distance of getting to and from the ferry each day in Varenna. We did rent the boat for about 4 hrs on th lake which was a lot of fun; also a cooking class that Danilo recommended was a wonderful choice.
What an Amazing View!
Upscale and ultramodern apartment with all the amenities. The view of Lake Como was worth the price paid. Service from the management company was prompt and courteous.
There was a little bakery/store as well as a great restaurant less than a 5 min. walk away. We took a taxi into town a few times, but mostly we walked approximately one mile into Varenna and back.
It was an easy lakeside walk past beautiful gardens as well as the famous Fuimelatte--the shortest river in Italy.
From Varenna we explored the Lake by ferry. We visited Bellagio, Villa Carlotta and it's gardens etc. The second "bedroom" is completely separate from the rest of the apartment, although it does connect via the terrace.
We had a few minor issues with the main bathroom - ultramodern does not always mean practical...
We have enjoyed our holiday very much at Lake Como. La dolce vita is an excellent property in a fantastic spot and we would stay there again if ever we were in the same area.
It's very modern and spacious. It is very comfortable and we loved the views. It was nifty to be ale to get to fiumelatte train station so quickly. The kitchen was excellent as we love to cook. It would have been nice to have a few basic things in the kitchen like salt, pepper, oil, etc. but we understand your policy on food - although this should have been specified on booking as an information as most apartments we have stayed so far have these basic provisions as a routine - it helps planning for the trip especially as supermarket is 10 mins down the road. However, the little shop just past Fiumelatte station was very nice and Sonia was lovely and helpful despite our language differences. Your directions to find apartment were excellent but Also it would have been useful to be informed as to the distance from varenna and advice and possibility to prebook a taxi on arrival if travellers had no car.
We had a fantastic and relaxing stay in the apartment which we thought was excellent.
Aug 2010 My husband and I had the pleasure of staying at this lovely condominium for 5 nights and thoroughly enjoyed it. The contemporary, recently renovated flat met all of our expectations, and then some – from the chic design styling, to cleanliness, to responsive customer service when we had a question. The view from the living room, kitchen and enormous terrace (balcony) was stunning, framing a picture postcard scene every day. Having access to an additional studio contiguous to our flat, with separate full bathroom, was an added plus which we very much appreciated, and which also shared this wonderful view and spacious balcony. If there were downsides, these were not inside the unit itself, but centered on the many locks and keys which are requirements for safety and security, we assume. Specifically, there were no less than 4 keys needed for entering or leaving the flat which could be daunting, especially when on holiday with more of a holiday mindset. Having an indoor parking space was great, but this involved 2 different remote control buttons – one for opening and closing the external gate into the parking garage, and the second one for opening and closing our personal garage space. All in all everything worked out very well, but this was a bit of an inconvenience which we did not look forward to every day, much less twice a day. Perhaps we are spoiled in this regard, as we live in a safe and secure environment in the Carolinas. Overall, we strongly recommend this beautiful property and the rental management company that provided everything they said they would, and more. On a 1-10 scale, I give this property a 9.5. Had the key and garage situation been easy and smooth, I would be able to give this unit a full 10 out of 10. Thank you, Lillian, Ph.D. South Carolina, USA
My husband and I loved our time spent in Varenna at the lovely La Dolce Vita. The apt.is very elegant and the location, right on Lake Como, is perfect for beautiful views. We enjoyed walking into Varenna everyday and taling the ferry across the lake to other villages. We especially liked Cernobbio and Bellagio. The food was delicious everywhere we ate, especially the fresh seafood. In Varenna, we especially enjoyed the restaurants at Hotel Du Lac and Villa Cipressi for lunch on their terraces. The concierge at Villa Cipressi was particularly helpful.
The kitchen in La Dolce Vita is beautifully equipped and a joy to use. It was lovely to hear the fountain from the bedroom. The sunsets and sunrises from the deck were spectacular! Also, we enjoyed the walk from Fiumelatte to Varenna, but some may find it strenuous, especially in rainy weather, so may want to arrange for a car or taxi service.
Thank you for your attention and interest.
Best regards to all,
P.S. Pictures to follow....