My wife and I and our three children ages 12, 12, and 14 recently stayed at this wonderful villa situated directly on the waters of Lake Como in peaceful San Giovanni. The owner Andrea and the caretaker of the apartment, Giovanna, were very accommodating and made our stay a memorable one. To begin with Giovanna met us at the San Giovanni pier which is a five minute walk from the Villa (or a fifty yard swim-literally from the Villa's private stone pier). The Villa itself is set on a gated tract of beautifully manicured grounds directly along the lakefront about a 15 minute walk from Bellagio (I would suggest walking only in daylight as the roads are narrow and winding with very little sidewalk) or five minute water taxi to/from the San Giovanni pier. Cabs were also no problem to get back to the Villa from Bellagio but if you want a cab into Bellagio you will need to call ahead. There is a lovely pool on the grounds a short walk from the Villa through the private gardens with changing area and showers. It is a great place to take a late afternoon nap in the shade of the palm trees and bamboo after a dip in the pool. The apartment itself is situated on the fourth floor and is very comfortable. Although we were disappointed there was no air conditioning- it was extremely hot during our stay- there are ample windows to catch the lake breeze and fans to aid in moving the air around. The views of the lake, alps and the gardens combine to make a simply spectacular setting. We all enjoyed the crystal clear waters of the lake- just feet from the Villa and the tranquil setting of the grounds were a welcome respite from the crowds of Bellagio (which is also incredibly beautiful- but very crowded in July). If you want a peaceful, relaxing base while exploring this beautiful part of Italy, you can't go wrong with this hidden gem. It was a very good value with plenty of room for our family. I look forward to returning again to swim off the ancient stone pier and wonder through the bucolic gardens with a glass of wine as the sun sets over the lake and mountains. incredible.
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