Casa Rezzonico - Lake Como

Accommodates 6+2 - 3+ Bedrooms - 4 Baths - Wi-Fi

We were enchanted with Casa Rezzonico during our recent inspection visit. You simply can’t get closer to the water than this. Casa Rezzonico is a renovated fisherman’s cottage perched right on a narrow pebble beach along Como’s western shore in the village of Santa Maria Rezzonico, just about 4 miles north of fashionable Menaggio. Views? Fantastic, inside and out.

But before we go any further, a warning. You have accept the fact that there is a steep path down from the village parking lot, 200 meters’ walk away, where you’ve left your car. This path consists of about 80 irregular stone stairs with high risers, and they can be slippery when wet or icy. Please, ladies: No stiletto heels!

Keep in mind: luggage which you must carry down to the house yourself (pack light or in several smaller, less-heavy-than-normal bags – a free porter service IS available by advance arrangement) and the simple fact that you’ll be coming up and down those stairs daily, sometimes with groceries. The path is in fact a public street, and you’ll meet other folks, many of them senior citizens, negotiating it. The key is to imitate them: go slow. Also: the lakefront is public, not private property. You’re highly unlikely to see other folks; but you might see the occasional walker or passer-by, and they have a perfect right to be there.

So think twice about Casa Rezzonico: But once you’ve decided that you’re up to it, we guarantee you: it’s unforgettable.

Where are we anyway? Again, we’re right in the old fishing village of Santa Maria Rezzonico, which has a couple of trattorie and simple shopping. Menaggio, 7 kilometers south, is the nearest place not only for more extensive shopping but also where you’ll be able to catch the boats and hydrofoils up and down the lake between Switzerland and the city of Como, and, perhaps more importantly, across the lake to Varenna and Bellagio. Lugano is about 50 kilometers, while Milan is about 85 kilometers away, and the Milan-Malpensa airport is about 90 minutes away, more or less, depending on traffic. You can rent a little boat for yourselves in Santa Maria Rezzonico, and Menaggio has a lakeside sports complex with swimming pool and tennis court. There are also several fine golf courses in the vicinity.

    Once you've negotiated the 80 steps down to the house which develops narrowly and upward:

    • Independent studio with indivisible matrimonial bed
    • Kitchenette
    • En-suite bathroom with tub and hand-held shower
    • Terrace with view out over the lake
    • Dining room with fantastic view
    • Open-plan kitchen with everything
    • Outdoor loggia with table for 6
    • Living room
    • Full bath with jacuzzi and telephone shower
    • Bedroom suite with indivisible matrimonial bed
    • En-suite shower room
    • Wonderful terrace giving out onto the lake.
    • Bedroom with indivisible matrimonial bed
    • Lofted area above bedroom with two twin beds (suitable for children)
    • En-suite shower room
    • Laundry room
    • Sauna
    • Simple restaurant and shops at walking distance and at 2kms drive
    • Menaggio – 6km – ferries up and down the lake
    • Bellagio – 6km and then 15min across the lake by boat
    • Como city – 30 km
    • Lugano – 25 km
    • Milan center – 80km
    • Milan Malpensa airport – 70km
    • Bergamo Orio al Serio airport – 130km

    In essence, this is a house for two couples in the main house; one couple in the adjacent studio; and perhaps a couple of kids. We call it a house for a generous 6+2. Three couples would be in heaven, but Casa Rezzonico works well for all sorts of combinations – with the exception of anyone with significant, or even slight, mobility issues.

    While Lake Como is undoubtedly the most famous and elegant of the Italian lakes, it is also in certain ways the most inaccessible. Roads are narrow and winding, and traffic is slow, especially if you, like us, find yourself behind the inevitable truck ahead. If you’re coming to the Lake District to cover “a lot of ground”, we would counsel you to consider Maggiore or Orta. When you’re at Como, you must truly unplug yourself from the ratrace. You can accomplish one thing a day, not more.

    Don’t rent a 9-passenger van at Lake Como. And don’t think you can use the roads in this area to improve your learning curve on that stick shift. If you haven’t driven a stick shift since you were 18 years old – or if you’ve never driven one – the narrow, winding roads of Lake Como are no place to learn. So you’ll have to pay more – significantly more – for that automatic transmission. Do it. You’ll be far happier.

    Casa Rezzonico is an upscale – though not fancy! – fully modernized accommodation in a fabulous position at an excellent below-market price. We highly recommend it.


    • Housekeeping Mon/Thu/Sat
    • Terraces with spectacular views
    • Solarium with barbecue
    • Wi-fi
    • Cell phone available
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD player
    • Stereo/CD player
    • Clothes washer
    • Dishwasher
    • Window screens
    • Sauna
    • Dock a few meters away
    • Additional housekeeping
    • Porter service for luggage upon arrival and departure
    • 28 Apr - 22 Sep

    • 31 Mar - 7 Apr
      15 Dec - 5 Jan 2019

    • Other Periods


    Minimum Stay: 1 week
    Arrival: Saturday, but flexible in low season
    Extras: Tourist tax