Saturday, May 21, 2016

Concordia steam boat is back on Lake Como after a 5 year gap

The Concordia is back! Steamboat lake tours will take place every Sunday from 5 June to 18 September and also on Thursdays in July and August.

You can depart from Como at 10.30am and arrive in Bellagio at 12 (stopping in Tavernola, Cernobbio, Argegno & Lezzeno). The cost is the same as a standard ticket. For €13  you can take a tour for an hour and a half,  to admire the beautiful villas of  Melzi, Monastero, Cypress Carlotta and Balbianello.

Another option is to start from Bellagio at 16.15 to arrive at Como at 17.50 (again the cost is the same as a standard ticket).

Or you can do a one hour tour of the lower lake with apericena (aperitivo) departing from Como at 18.15 (cost: €18).

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Lake Como Expert on Channel 4's A Place in The Sun

I was asked to assist with the recent filming of Channel 4's 'A Home in The Sun' on Lake Como. It was filmed last September and aired at 9pm Monday 29th June on More4.

For the area, the budget was very low at only £50,000, but they did manage to find some properties for the potential buyers, but way up North at the top end of the Lake. If you don't mind being out in the sticks and doing some serious renovation then maybe that's OK.

However, for most people Lake Como represents prime real estate and the prices reflect this. Most people aim for the western shore between Como and Menaggio or maybe even a little further to San Siro, but anything beyond that is usually seen as just too far to drive. The lake road narrows just after Argegno (at Colonno) and this makes access more difficult in high season, when the lake road gets very busy.

The eastern shore (Como to Bellagio) is also less popular because of lack of sun in the winter and the late arrival of the sun even in the summer - the steep mountains behind the lake, stop the sun reaching the lakeside villages until 11am in the summer in some places and stop it shining at all in the winter - so be careful where you buy!

Another part of the lake with sun issues is the Bellagio to Lecco leg, which suffers from similar problems to the Como to Bellagio leg. However, the opposite shore, the Lecco to Varenna leg has plenty of sun and the most amazing sun sets. Some of it is blighted by road noise, so be careful if you are looking for a lakeside property there.

If you are looking for a lakeside property, you need a serious budget - prices can be as high as €10,000 per square metre. But if you are prepared to drive only 3 minutes from the lakeside, you can pick up some lovely properties with lake views at a fraction of this cost.

For example, if you are looking for a rental income work-horse take a look at this - a unit of only 4 apartments, sharing a large pool and already with a good rental income history - they meet all the criteria for a good rental income holiday home, and can be purchased from as little as €275,000 for a 2 bedroom apartment with lake views -

If you are considering buying a home on Lake Como - check out the Top Ten Tips -

Monday, February 9, 2015

Luxurious Accommodation for Expo 2015

Why stay in an impersonal hotel in Milan when you can stay in a stunning apartment or villa on Lake Como?

Scheduled to run from May 1st to 31st October 2015, with the very topical them of 'Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life'

Lake Como is ideally situated only 30 minutes from Milan with a superb climate, lots of leisure facilities (golf, sailing etc.) and some of the best restaurants in Northern Italy. Transport links are superb and easy - motorway all the way from Expo or trains direct to Como town.

We can offer you a selection of high-level accommodation to suit your needs. We can also provide all the extra services that you may need (taxis, drivers, chefs, maids etc.) to provide you with the perfect stress-free environment for you visit to Expo 2015.

Take a look at some of these examples of Expo 2105 accommodation options:

Villa Lilla, Argegno - sleeps up to 10
5 bedroom luxury villa with private pool
Prices from €70 pp per night

Villa Rosa, Argegno - sleeps up to 12
4 bedroom villa with private pool
Prices from €31 pp per night

Villa Lucia, Laglio - sleeps up to 10
5 bedroom villa with private pool and jacuzzi
Prices from €82.50 pp per night

Luxury Penthouse, nr Argegno - sleeps up to 8
3 bedroom luxury penthouse with private pool
Prices from €40 pp per night

Stunning penthouse, Sala Comacina - sleeps up to 8
3 bedrooms, stunning roof terrace, shared pool
Prices from €40 pp per night

Spacious apartments, Argegno - sleep up to 6
2 bedrooms, shared pool between only 4 units

Can be rented individually to sleep up to 6 or as a group of 4 to sleep up to 24
Prices from €28 pp per night

Expo 2015 villas and apartments
For more superb options for Expo 2015, sleeping from 2 to 12, visit our web site -

Discounted tickets for Milan Expo 2015

Get your Expo 2015 tickets online - discounted by 20%

It is possible to buy tickets directly on the website and through an App developed specifically for the event.

Tickets purchased this way prior to 1st May 2015 will be at a 20% discount on all types of category of visitor for any day (excluding that opening - May 1, 2015).

The average ticket price is 22 €. Free entrance is open to children up to 4 years old and carers of people with disabilities. The maximum cost of a standard ticket, purchased before May 1, 2015, is 32 Euros (the price can vary depending on the date, duration of visit, type of visitor, days of entry)

The prices are as follows:

Adult €32 (open date) - €27 (fixed date) - after May 1st: €39-34
Students 14 to 26 years €29-€23 - after May 1st: €33-€29
Senior +65 from €25-20 euro - after May 1st: €28-€24
Disabled €16-€13 euro and carers free - after May 1st: €20-€17
Children from 4 to 13 years €16 euro - after May 1st: €16
Family (eg: 2 adults and 2 children) €81-67 - after May 1st: €99-€85 euro

As well as on the website, it will be possible to purchase tickets at branches of Intesa Sanpaolo, and soon, through the sales network of Telecom Italy, as well as in Milan at the EXPO Castello and the Triennale.

In the coming months it will be possible to buy other types of ticket: evening, multi day, seasonal passes, school tickets and school evening tickets schools at around €10 per ticket.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Live next door to George Clooney for only €850,000

Be George Clooney's next door neighbour!

An amazing opportunity in a very sought-after location. This current 3 bedroom property (approx. 200 sqm including attic) is the entire top floor of a 3-storey building,  directly next door to Villa Oleandra.

It has a shared garden leading down to the lakeside, with a gateway leading directly into the lake. Just below it is a cute public harbour, where you can rent a boat space from the local town hall.

The property has a host of original features including cotto lombarda flooring (very rare and precious nowadays), as well as original parquet and lovely wooden double doors.

There is a balcony running the entire width of the house at the from overlooking the lake and Mr Clooney's garden!

It offers a great investment opportunity and is ripe for modernisation of the main floor and total renovation of the attic space above.

The main floor is currently made up of a wide lake front living room with balcony and stunning lake views, a separate kitchen, 2 bathrooms and 5 further rooms.

The property has large french window and is both quiet and private.

A garage is included in the price and there is lots of free parking very close by for guests.

Laglio offers several amenities all within walking distance and from the apartment  you can easily reach 3 restaurants, a local shop, cafĂ© and public beach.

In the neighbouring villages you have access to the ferry stops allowing you to reach a number of towns on the Lake, including Como, Bellagio and Argegno.

For more information and a full photo-gallery go to

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Peak season is peaking early on Lake Como

Due to an unprecedented number of bookings for the peak weeks of July and August, we have sourced some stunning new accommodation for our clients. All of the accommodation has been verified as meeting our exacting requirements, so you can be sure that you will find everything to your satisfaction.

Please click on the links below and from our main pages to find a selection of properties:

Last Minute Availability Lake Como

DSC_3038_640Remaining July and August availability reduced from  €1500 to ONLY €1250 per week
Montagne del Sole, Argegno – 2 bedroom lake view apartments, sleep up to 6
Book your stunning Lake Como 2 bedroom apartment with pool today at this very special offer price for any remaining availability at only €1250 per week.
Note the pool is shared between only 4 apartments, so plenty of space to enjoy yourselves.
any time before 13th July at only €1250 per week
21st to 26th July – 5 night special only €750
23rd to 30th August at only €1250 per week

Villa Rosa - Remaining July and August availability reduced from  €4900 per week to ONLY €3900 per week
any time before 19th July
23rd to 30th August

Villa Lilla - Remaining July and August availability reduced from  €5900 per week to ONLY €4900 per week
any time before 12th July
16th to 23rd August
23rd to 30th August

(web site prices reflect these new reductions)