“We have loved our stay at Anders cottage. The location on lake Como is perfect. Only a few minutes from popular Varena and Bellano. Anders was full of great recommendations on what to explore in the area. The house is very comfortable and had all we needed for a relaxing family holiday, with delightful views of the lake from the very well kept garden. We highly recommend getting in touch with Anders if you are thinking of visiting Lake Como.!”
“Anders and Gidske were just lovely! I hope very much that we will have the chance to meet in Copenhagen one day”
Where is it?
Gittana is a small village with approx. 90 inhabitants, located only 1 km from the lake road along the East side of Lake Como - just between Varenna and Bellano. Most of the houses in town are the typical old stone houses that have been around for centuries - the village was founded anno 1100 A.C. - though several of the houses have been restored since. The village lies on a steep mountainside by the lake with a beautiful view over the lake and the Swiss Alps. There is a really good restaurant in the village called "Il Caminetto" (The fireplace).
Varenna is a medieval town, renowned for its beauty. Here you’ll find hotels, B&B’s and many restaurants. In summer time it’s a very idyllic little tourist town with many interesting streets. From Varenna you can catch a boat or a car ferry to both Bellagio and Menaggio. You can walk to Varenna in half an hour. There is a path system in the area called "Sentiero via Andante", which is marked with orange signs with a stylistic drawing of Lake Como. To find the path and walk to Varenna you should walk up to the church in Gittana and take the little forest path - continue up the hill until you meet the Via Andante trail. From here just remember to follow the signs and road markings. One can drive down to Varenna either by taking the small road directly down to the lake or by a wider road leading to Perledo. Above Varenna is Vezio Castello, a very good walk from Varenna (please note it is a little steep). There are gorgious views, and on weekends and in summer time the castle is open, and often they have small exhibitions. Here you can buy nice pottery at good prices.
Bellano is a "big city" in the area. Here you’ll find banks, shops and the local administration. You can walk down to Bellano by going north through Gittana and follow the path across the brook, past the wash-house and through the "hole" in the last house in town. After a little while you’ll reach the path "Sentiero via Andante", as earlier mentioned - follow the signs and you’ll arrive in Bellano after about 45 minutes.
You’ll find various maps available in the house.
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