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Via Pra Grasso 6 , Bellagio, Italy
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100% of paid prepayments refundable when canceled 60 days before arrival or earlier.
80% of paid prepayments refundable when canceled 45 days before arrival or earlier.
60% of paid prepayments refundable when canceled 39 days before arrival or earlier.
20% of paid prepayments refundable when canceled 30 days before arrival or earlier.
0% refundable if cancelled after.
Pets allowed only after arrangement
Checkin in 4pm and checkout is 10am.
No breakfast isn’t included but any meals can be organized for a fee. We can also have groceries ready for you at the villa on your arrival if you send us a list beforehand.
To arrive in Bellagio, or Civenna, Villa Ponti Bellavista’s village, from Malpensa by car, there are two main routes, and an alternative if you have a late checkin and want to see some of the lake while you wait.The fastest and most direct route is through the middle of the two arms of the lake – the Como arm and the Lecco arm. This will take you through Canzo/Asso. Although not in itself a particularly beautiful town – despite having some lovely villas since it used to be a weekend getaway for wealthy Milanese – it has some of the best restaurants in the area where locals flock but where, because there is generally no view, you will rarely find a single tourist. We go here regularly and won’t tell you our favorite one – we reserve this secret info for our direct booking guests:)Nevertheless, you can stop here to shop for great wine and cheese at Latteria Locatelli. You won’t see the owner’s special ‘enoteca’ or cave below unless you ask for it. Just say vino and the owner will break into a large smile and show you the secret door to his cellar. Here he has a small but discerning collection of fine and inexpensive Italian labels to stock up for your holiday. Beware most shops close for lunch from around 12.30 to 3.30pm!You can also find Famila supermarket here to stock up for your family vacation.This road will take you about an hour and a half to drive from Malpensa to Bellagio – or an hour and 20 minutes will get you to Villa Ponti Bellavista in Civenna:)The other way to go is much more scenic, but you need nerves of steel or be an exceptionally good driver, who does not habitually drive on the English side of the road, to negotiate. This takes you along the Como arm of the lake, past charming vistas and villages. Sadly stopping at them might prove difficult from a parking point of view, but there are places where you can stop for lunch with an exceptional view. Bare in mind however, that this side of the lake gets sun very late in the morning, because of San Primo and the mountain range which separates the two arms of the lake, but the sun sets on this side also quite late in summer. The road will take you to Bellagio directly and takes around two hours because it is extremely curvy and narrow compared to the inland route.
Bellagio is the closest town on the lake. It’s 12-15 minutes by car. It’s hard to park there but if you avoid going just before lunch or dinner time, you stand the best chance of finding a park.
Yes, you definitely need a car. Without one you’re severely limited in where you can go. Ferries can take you to every small village, but you won’t be able to visit the best restaurants, or see all that’s available to be seen. Taxis are almost non-existent and extremely expensive. They don’t charge by the time, but per person. The villa has parking for more than 10 cars and the roads are wide enough for regular truck/amazon deliveries so don’t worry about narrow roads near the villa or on the way to Bellagio. They’re quite wide, if curvy!
I’d say if you could only do two things, visit Varenna by ferry and Villa Balbianello in Lenno.
The village of Civenna has a supermarket, with excellent butcher and cheesery, a fruit and vegetable shop, a pasticceria/bakery and a couple of cafes and paper shop, two churches, a hairdresser, fashion shops, library and part-time post office and pharmacy.
In the Como area English is widely spoken by Italian service providers.