We spent 3 days in Francesco's apartment and enjoyed our stay a lot!
Francesco was very quick in replying to all my questions and his dad was perfect to welcome us!
The apartment is small but it's a size for a couple. It has the set of all basic things you might need: kitchenware, towels, bedsheets, and even swimming pool chairs and bedcovers.
The residence has amazing swimming pool, 15-20 m long, and nobody was there early morning or in the evening!
There is also the bar with a grand terrace, for your morning coffee or evening drink!
The residence is like a little town, where people know each other. They organise Zumba or Pilates lessons or lunch-aperitivo, where guests can also participate (better speak Italian) .
It is a special place, used to be a hotel before.
There is no internet in the apartment, there is some at the bar, but I write "some ", because it was not very good. Bar tender told us that when many people are connected, it does it work.
The other thing to keep in mind is that the residence is isolated, so you really need a car, and you cannot really go out for a walk without a car.
I should admit I chose this place because of the swimming pool and the view, and I was not deceived but was missing a bit "walking freedom" and concerts you might have at night in the villages.
For people who stay there, here our ideas on how to spend your day:
Day one. Como + West of the Como lake + Bellagio. Better on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, those are market days. Drive to Como early morning. Park via Torno (free) above Furnicolar and take Furnicolar to Brunate. Hiking, at least to the Faro. Go up the Faro, you will not regret it! Afterwards shopping in the town, nice and original shops. We had lunch at the market. Then drive along West lake side. We had a swim in one of the villages, then visited Villa Balbianello (closes at 6 pm!) Return by boat via Griate or Menaggio to Bellagio. Dinner in Bellagio (book in advance!!!)
Day 2. East Lake Side. Hiking on Sentiere Verdante, Bellano - Varenna. Park at Bellano next to train station. So to Sentiere behind the station (mountain side). Walk about 2.5 hours, till Vezio Castle. Varenna lunch (we advice Il Prato), swim next to Royal hotel, Varenna visit, go back to Bellano by train ( less than 10 min). Bellano visit. Going back visiting any village on your way your like! Dinner at agriturismo La Selvaggia at Mandello del Lario (book well in advance!!!)
Day 3. Bergamo.
Hope you enjoy the stay!