Modern Rustico on Lake Como, view to Swiss Alps

Modern Rustico on Lake Como, view to Swiss Alps


Feb 2020

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Beautifully restored independent italian rustico with balcony and three terrasses with magnificent panoramic wiew of Lake Como and the Swiss Alps.
The house is situated in the small village of Gittana, only 10 minuttes by foot to Gittana Beach.
Pretty Varenna is only 2 km away and offers pitoresque views and ferryboats to Bellagio, Menaggio and Como.
The cities of Milan, Como and Bergamo are easily reachable by car or train.
Suitable for couples or families, who wants to combine the tranquility of a small village with hiking, swimming, skiing, golfing, wind- and kite surfing, speedboating and of course eating delicius italian food and drinking good italian wine at the renowned Ristorante Il Caminetto in the village. Or try the brand new Ristorante Semi di Grano situated in an very old house. Our house can be used all year. Minimum stay is a full week.


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  1. We love to travel and cook and have spent the better part of our adult lives enjoying these activities.
    We are Danish citizens living half of the year in our home in Copenhagen, Denmark and spending the other half in our Italian paradise at Lake Como or travelling the world.
    We’re curious and open minded to all kind of cultures and we like to do some hiking.
    We have only had happy exchanges with for more than ten years. This is the first time we’re on lovehomeswap.

  2. We have both retired early from work and have chosen to enjoy life.
    Anders Michael has been self employed working within the communications industry.
    Gidske has worked as kindergarten teacher and consultant.

  3. We’re children of the Scandinavian minimalist tradition and interested in design, architecture, photography, watercolor painting, cooking, hiking eccetera. We’re curious of many kind of culture.

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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.

Buzzy restaurants
You will find a list of recommended restaurants in the house
Cool bars
That goes for bars as well
Cozy cafés
And cafes too
Retail therapy
Luxury shopping in Lecco, Como and Bellagio
Bit of culture
Information available in the house
Walks in the park
Great area for hiking and trekking
Day tripping
Top 23 activities to experience at Lake Como – in random order… 1. Try the “Funiculare” - meaning mountain lift – from Lecco to Piani d´Erna and go trekking in the area 2. Visit the old knife manufacturing town of Premana in Valsassina 3. Take the Funiculare from Barzio to Piani di Bobbio and go trekking 4. Visit the Jungle Park at Piani delle Betulle and walk in the tree tops - take the funiculare from Margno 5. Go to Morbegno in Valtellina and visit Fratelli Cappolinos amazing shop offering the best delicacies in the valley. 6. Do a short trekking tour to Fiumelatte and back through Varenna 7. Take the veteranboat “Milano” from Bellano to Como and return to Bellano by hydrofoil boat 8. Go abroad to Lugano in Switzerland and enjoy the town. 9. And while you are abroad: Go shopping in “Fox Town” in Mendrisio, Switzerland 10. Go trekking in Val di Mello and have lunch at Rifugio Rasega 11. Visit Preda Rossa in Val Massino and take a short trek. 12. Have lunch at Rifugio Lorla at Monte Legnone 13. Take a tour to Alpe Giumello and have lunch at Capanna Vittoria 14. Experience the Passo San Marco en route from Gittana to Morbegno (3 hours drive) 15. Take the boat from Varenna to Bellagio or to Menaggio and visit the charming towns 16. Visit the old town of Chiavenna, see the “Marmitti dei Giganti” and have lunch at “Trattoria Uomo Salvatico” 17. Take a trekking tour to Rifugio Bietti-Buzzo eller Rifugio Bogani from Cainallo 18. Try the Funiculare from Moggio to Artevaggio 19. Take a tour to Abbazia di Piona, buy some liquer made by the munks and go on to have an gelato in Colico 20. Visit the beautiful old town of Bergamo, elevated as an eagles nest over the new part of town. 21. Go on your bikes from Novate Mezzola to Chiavenna (19 km) and have a large beer at the piazza. 22. Go trekking to Rifugio Bellano and Monte Legnoncino 23. Go shopping in Lecco and have lunch at the art deco café “Sunflower” by the lake.

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