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.