The Villa Cardano has been completely renovated and offers today 2 apartments for rent. It is located on a hill in the Spina Verde Nature Park, surrounded by a large garden and only a few minutes from Como and the motorway. The villa is easily accessible by car, train, and plane and offers gated free parking next to the house.
It is especially suited for holidays at Lake Como or day trips to Milan or Switzerland or just as a stop-over on the way from Northern Europe to Italy or Southern France.
The quiet and modern studio offers a 50 square meter apartment with a spacious living, dining and sleeping area, and a separate big bathroom.
The sleeping area, which can be separated by a curtain from the rest of the apartment offers a large double bed (180x200 mm) with two separate mattresses, a nightstand with a bedside lamp and a wardrobe with a clothes rail, hangers and shelves. Here you find also a fireplace which, unfortunately, must not be used due to official regulations.
The living area of the studio offers a comfortable leather sofa from where you can watch satellite TV (Astra) with more than 200 channels in various languages. If you adjust the TV, it can also be watched from the bed.
The dining area has a massive wooden table (which is one of the few remains from the old villa before renovation), 4 chairs, and a kitchenette which is equipped with an inductive ceramic stove with 2 hotplates, a fridge, a sink, an Italian espresso machine, as well as a basic set of crockery, glasses, cutlery and cooking utensils.
The modern and spacious bathroom offers a shower, a washbasin with a sink, a toilet, and a bidet.
The studio is bright and has huge windows overlooking the lower-lying garden. To the west, you have a beautiful view overlooking San Fermo and neighboring Switzerland. The city of Como and Lake Como can only be seen from the rooftop terrace.
The rooms are usually well-tempered. During fall and winter, they are heated by modern central heating. For the rare occasions in summer when temperatures rise above 25°C you can use a fan.
The studio is accessed directly with no steps from the gated yard where you can also park your car. It has also a second entry which leads directly to the idyllic terraced and savaged garden. The whole site consists of more than 2,000 square meters, with most of it being accessible by the guests.
Next to the door leading to the garden, there is a small table with two chairs for sitting outside of the studio. Guests of the studio can also exclusively use a terrace which is a few steps away next to the main gate. From here you have also a panoramic view to the west, where you can enjoy the sunset.
The highlight is, of course, the rooftop terrace which is accessed through the main house. It is shared with the host and the guests from the penthouse. Most people familiar with Como state, that the roof terrace has the most spectacular view of the city, the lake, and the Spina Verde natural reserve, as it is one of the very few spots where you have a 270° panoramic view with sun all day.
Lake Como is a pearl among the northern Italian lakes. The exclusive location near Milan, the mild Mediterranean climate, the proximity to the Alps and the beautiful villa and park architecture have led to many celebrities (eg George Clooney, Donatella Versace or many football professionals of the famous Milanese Clubs) have settled.
In contrast to Lake Garda, which is stormed by tourists in the summer, Lake Como and especially the city of Como with its approximately 80,000 inhabitants is still an exclusive holiday destination.
The almost car-free old town of Como, which is separated from the rest of the city by an intact medieval city wall, offers beautiful alleys for strolling through beautiful and sometimes exclusive shops, restaurants and boutiques.
With the rack railway you can drive on the local mountain from Como to Brunate and from there in about 30 minutes walk to the lighthouse with a magnificent view over the lake.
If you have a little more time, take a day trip by ferry or speedboat to Bellagio and wonder why Las Vegas has rebuilt this place, even though all the other places on Lake Como are at least as beautiful.
It is also worthwhile taking a trip (by car or ferry) to Villa Balbianello (which has served as a backdrop for many movies including Star Wars and James Bond), Villa Carlotta with its famous botanical garden, Villa La Collina (summer residence of former German chancellor Konrad Adenauer), Villa Olmo (hall with changing exhibitions, to reach from the ferry terminal in Como passing by the Volta Temple and the water aerodrome on a nice walk along the lake), Villa Erba (Congress Hall, venue for the filming of the feature film Ocean's Twelve) and Villa d'Este (5-star luxury hotel, the setting for the Concorso d'Eleganza, one of the world's most exclusive classic car events, every spring).
Como, Lombardia, Italy