This distinctive villa dating from 1697 is on the edge of a quiet town on the tip of Lake Como. Giovanni and Isabella live in their own quarters on the second floor and give you keys to come and go as you please.
Breakfast includes bread, cereals, jams, yogurts, cold meats and a selection of cheese and fruit. Read or watch TV in the comfy seating area in your room, choose a bottle of wine from Giovanni’s list or chill your own in the mini-fridge. An informal lounge has books, cards and a chessboard, and the rooms open out onto or overlook the swimming pool.
Stroll five minutes for shops, cafes and a good traditional Italian restaurant. Cycle or walk along the lakeside path, drive 30 minutes to Cadenabbia to catch the ferry to other lakeside towns; adventure sports include mountain climbing, biking, paragliding, sailing.