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Lake Como - apartments in a medieval tower in a picturesque village - WiFi - "Portico"



Updated: 26-Oct-2016
Apartments in a medieval tower, peaceful location, perfectly positioned to enjoy Italian Lakes

Quaint and cozy apartments in the Breglia's medieval tower, situated in the ancient part of the village, peaceful because only pedestrian. If you want to immerse yourself in Italian culture, to find the Italy of the olden days, this is the place to do it: peaceful, comfortable base to explore the area, Breglia (medieval village in the municipality of Plesio, over Menaggio) is not affected by tourism but at few minutes from the most famous lake places. The village offers beautiful views, green woods for a refreshingly peaceful and restorative stay, perfect for keen walkers: from Breglia start numerous hiking for all levels of difficulty. Some routes slide into the woods and reach old lake villages, others rising on mountain above the town, with stunning views of Lake Como, Lake Lugano and the Alps. In the apartment you will find all sorts of information for the discovery of our territory: maps, guides, tips, planning and rates for unforgettable cruises on the lake. I am on your disposal to suggest you the best to visit, such as planning a day cruise to visit the most famous villages of the lake.

Do you love comfortable and relaxing boat trips? Want to visit archaeological sites, villas, gardens, castles and abbeys? All these can be found here on Lake Como area!

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Details for holiday apartment "Portico", 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, 1 Bathroom

The apartment Portico,for 2/3 persons, is at the first floor of the medieval tower. It has a double bed and on request we add a single bed. Cozy fireplace (we provide a generous basket of firelogs), TV, WiFi.

Full equipped kitchen (gas, microwave, pots and pans, oven, fridge, kettle, toaster, italian coffee pot for 3 cups).

Bathroom with shower, hairdryer and fan heater. Iron and ironing board.

Maps, books and tourist info in different languages

  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Breglia was the land of my grand-parents, I live on the other side of the lake but often we enjoy to come back here in Breglia for holidays or just for a short day-beak looking for peace and nature.

I really love my land and its history: lake Como is rich in art, history and nature! I wish my guests discover as much as possible of the beauties of my land: I prepare in the apartments many information, maps, brochures. If you want any tips, itineraries adapted to your wishes write me and I help you to find them.

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Speaks English, Italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

Nettes, kleines Appartment in einem romantischen Bergdorf. Sehr gut zum entspannen, wandern und spazieren gehen. Unglaublich freundliche und hilfsbereite Vermieterin. Auf jeden Fall zu empfehlen...
Mar 2014
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6 Reviews

based on 6 holidaymaker reviews


Unique Location

  • 5 of 5

Very unique location. Lucia was very helpful and was really lovely to deal with.

We enjoyed her recommendations of the boat trip on the lake and hike to the mountain refuge.

The apartment is very clean and well maintained. We used it as a base for days out and hiking. We would return and recomend it to others.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 8, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunning views!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in portico apartment for a week and enjoyed every minute of it. Lucia the owner was very warm and helpful. She always had a bunch of tips for us and loads of leaflets about all sort of activities in the area. I would go back there anytime with no hesitation. Very good experience

  • Review Submitted: Nov 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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beautiful breglia

  • 5 of 5

we have had the most wonderful trip to lake como, with added joy of staying in lucias tower. it suited us to a tee as we love walking/hikeing and didnt want the bars as we were content to cook and eat in although we did eat in the only hotel on our first and last night. the apartment had all that we needed was beautifully clean and none fussy,and i believe we had the best view of the lake as we were so high. highly recomended if you want to walk down taking in villages you would not otherwise get to see and going to the top well worth the effort.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A storybook holiday!

  • 5 of 5

My female cousin and I stayed in the Portico apartment for 2 nights at the beginning of a 9 day journey across the Alps. The charm and natural beauty of this village was the absolute highlight of our trip, and the Portico apartment at the mid-level of a medieval tower was like a step backwards into a time we modern people can only dream about!

The apartment is a stunning example of medieval architecture, and it offers every modern convenience one could possibly need. It is spotlessly clean, too! Lucia, the property owner/manager, is without question the most gracious and kind hostess I could have ever imagined or hoped for. It may not be well advertised, but she is a well educated historian about the area, and the depth of her knowledge is fascinating! The stories she had to offer about the village, the lake, and the surrounding community left me wanting much, much more. Two nights simply wasn't enough! I could stay there a month and still look forward to the next day. It is an amazing place to visit!

Besides the village itself, the walking in the area must easily rate amongst the most breathtaking and awe inspiring sights throughout the entire world! My cousin and I hiked to Rifugio Menaggio, about 90 minutes up the mountain from the Portico apartment and Breglia village. Our hike was knee deep in snow for about 2/3 of the climb and descent, but the effort was worth 8 hours of climbing! If the view overlooking Lake Como from Rifugio Menaggio doesn't make a person believe in God, then nothing will. Only He could have created such an unbelievable setting! And the food up there wasn't half bad either. Bring some Euros so you can have some lunch and sit on the porch gazing at the mountainous lake view.

I am not a person who generally visits the same place twice, but I am going to try my best to return to Breglia again some day, not only to stay in the Portico apartment, but also to listen to Lucia's stories and hike many, many more miles. This is a five star destination for anyone seeking a unique experience that no hotel or country club could ever match!

The only caution would be there is a moderately inclined walk (3-5 minutes) to reach the apartment from the parking area. It is not easily handicap accessible, unfortunately. And the only thing I didn't like about the apartment was the small shower, but after staying in several European hotels during my brief adventure, that seems to be normal. What can I say, I'm a spoiled American!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place! We were looking for a holiday to get away from busy life and relax together. Lucia was very friendly and made us feel very welcome. The Portico was very peaceful and tucked away in Breglia, which was a quiet little village with stunning views. Just thinking about it makes us want to go back now! It was great to be able to cook in the Portico and there was enough space for the two of us. It was also great to enjoy quiet walks in the countryside, accessible from Breglia. The whole area of Como was stunning and we were lost for words - which is impressive for me. You will need a car though (we hired one at the airport). There is plenty to do around the lake - Lucia will let you know all the options! It took us 15 minutes to drive down to Menaggio, and 25 minutes back up! Thank you for a wonderful stay!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
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August 2013

  • 5 of 5

a stunning location, between the local people it is a whole climb but then you have what. A very warm welcome from Lucia (owner) that you receive with heat and taking the time to answer all your questions, in the clean and nicely furnished Apartment are booklets that the many beautiful places in the neighborhood. Starting point for beautiful walks of 45 min up to 3.45 you and within walking distance to a water source. And very important Lucia comes all her commitments. We have never been to the same place two years but we plan to go back next year.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
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From the Owner

The village is like a nest in the woods of the mountains of the lake, where to enjoy beautiful walks between woods with fantastic views. An oasis of peace just few minutes drive from the busiest and most famous places around the lake. Good bus services connect Breglia with Menaggio ( from 7am to 6pm, not on Sunday), and the local restaurant has excellent meals with little expense. On Sundays and public holidays, when the lake villages are busy with tourists from the city, is great to enjoy the peace here, walking among the fresh woods and going for an easy stroll to the white church that overlooks the lake with an extraordinary view. In this small village people are friendly, you can feel the atmosphere of yesteryear Italy.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Milan Malpensa at 96 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Bar 'Breglia', breakfast service at 100 Metres Nearest Ferry : Menaggio and Cadenabbia at 7 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Menaggio & Cadenabbia Golf Club at 7 Kilometres Nearest Train : Varenna (by ferry) at 10 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Lugano Nord or Como Nord at 30 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Ristorante Bar Breglia, typical local cuisine at 100 Metres Nearest Ski : Madesimo at 45 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Menaggio and Cadenabbia at 7 Kilometres Car: recommended


Lido di Menaggio with swimming pool at 7km

Lido di Cadenabbia with swimming pool at 8km

Nearest public beach at 7km


Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate & Bergamo airports are all at about 1hr 30 mins from the apartments.

The village is bus served (from 6am to 6pm) but car hire is recommended.


Menaggio 7km

Bellagio 7km+12 minutes ferry

Varenna 7km + 12 minutes ferry

Lugano 30km

Como 35km

Further Details:

A good restaurant-bar is at 100 meters from the tower: it offers traditional Italian cuisine and local specialties.

Bus stop at 80 meters.

Just 400 metres from the tower along a scenic path you can reach the famous water spring 'Chiarella'.

Convenient coin-operated self washer and dryer in Loveno, on the road from Menaggio to Breglia, at 4km from us.

Nearest grocery store in Calveseglio, at 2km, close on Sunday and Monday afternoon.

Car/bike rental in Menaggio.

In Menaggio, at 6-7km from us, all kinds of services (pharmacy, banks, hospital, shops, newspapers in different languages, boat piers, main bus station...)

Supermarket Carrefour open 24/h at 9km from us, on the road between Menaggio and Porlezza, by Lago di Piano


Rental rates

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25 Mar 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £6 per night, per additional guest
1 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
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26 Aug 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
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Autumn 2017
16 Sep 2017 - 10 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £6 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

final cleaning £36

Electricity calculate on consumption at the end of your stay € 0,50/kw (usually one week is around 25€).

Booking Notes:
25% deposit required on booking, than balance on arrival

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From the Owner

The tower is in the oldest part of the village, its walls have a thousand years, the facade reveal ancient stone windows, next there was a monastery of monks (15th century). Walking through the village you will discover picturesque corners of old, like the old stone fountains, where the water is still good to drink. Behind the tower we got a terrace above a stone building, on disposal for the apartment 'Torre'; for its flooring we used the stones that covered the old roof of the tower. In the bedroom of 'Torre' we kept the original wooden beams of the 16th century. In the apartment 'Portico' is visible a big beam done with a chestnut tree, and a narrow passage which communicated with the surrounding buildings, now used for storage. In both apartments there is a modern fireplace.

Property Type

  • apartment


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 46 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, hairdryer, fan heater


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1
  • double bed queen size. on request we can add a single bed.


  • Balcony ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: The village is medieval and streets are cobbled and pedestrian only: a very big and free public parking is at 80 meters from the tower. Car parking is not a problem in Breglia!! WiFi in the apartment, and also available by the local bar-restaurant, at 100 metres from the tower, where is possible to have breakfast/dinner/lunch; open every day, good local food at a good price. On request cot and highchair for children (without charge, based on availability). Pets welcome. The tower has not lake view. Outside: The apartment Torre has a big terrace with patio, in front of the entrance; has table with chairs, deckchairs, sun umbrella, small barbecue: perfect for a breakfast outdoors enjoying the sunrise. The apartment Portico has a little space, like a balcony at the entrance with two chairs and a small table, overlooking the cobbled street, to enjoy an aperitif in the cool of the medieval streets.

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