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Discover The Unspoilt Italian Alps



Updated: 07-Oct-2016
Apartment in Roncaglia Entro, Nr. Bergamo, Lombardy / Italian Lakes, Italy - Relax In An Undiscovered And Beautiful Region Of Italy

Spacious 3 bedroom apartment in San Giovanni Bianco a typical Italian village in the Valle Brembana. A beautiful region unspoilt by tourism or over development. The apartment is fully equipped with 3 bedrooms a kitchen living room and bathroom. It is a traditional Italian property perfect to completely relax or use as a base for exploring the surrounding area at a much cheaper rate than in some of the more developed areas nearby. It is fully equipped with bedding towels and cooking facilities.The bathroom has been fully modernised whilst other rooms have traditional features and furnishings but are clean comfortable and functional. The property is in a building with only two apartments inside and the upstairs apartment is lived in by our nephew and his wife, who will also give you the keys when you arrive ,and would be available to help in the event of any emergency. The apartment is situated on the first floor and there is a private balcony accessed via French doors running along the length of the front of the house. On the ground floor there is a large shared terrace where it is possible to have lunch or dinner alfresco or just relax and take the sun.The apartment has fantastic mountain views. The property itself is situated in Roncalia a hamlet of a few hundred people which is a 20 min walk or 5 mins drive to the pretty village of San Giovanni Bianco. The village of San Giovanni is a traditional Italian village completely authentic and untouched by tourism. There is a church several bars and trattorias and two supermarkets as well as more traditional shops selling local produce. The Spa town of San Pelligrino famous the world over for its water is only 5km away and possible to reach on foot or bike along a scenic walkway. Bergamo with its beautiful Cite Alta is approx 25 km. Local speciality Tallegio cheese is produced at the nearby village of the same name. The beautiful lake of Como with the pretty towns of Lecco and Bellagio are less than an hours drive. There are hourly buses from San Giovanni to Bergamo city which takes about 45 mins. However to really appreciate the the surrounding area including the lakes of Como and Isea access to a car would be a bonus. Milan Bergamo is one of Ryanairs main bases in Itay and there are flights from several British and European airports which is about a 45 min drive away. From Bergamo there are road and rail connections to Milan and all over Italy. Come and explore this beautiful region with its mountains access to Bergamo and delicious locally produced food and wine and I am sure you will come again.

More Details
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

Hi I am Alastair.

I live and work in Scotland.

I have a rental property in the beautiful unspoilt village of San Giovanni Bianco which is a typical Italian village situated in the Valle Brembana a scenic part of the Italian alps. It is a beautiful area to go to relax and explore the surrounding area .

Despite being only 45 mins from Bergamo city and Milan Bergamo airport it is in an area almost untouched by tourism .

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Speaks English, Spanish, Italian

8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews


Absolutely Brilliant

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was even better than we expected from the description. Clean, tidy and vey spacious and the views over the village and down the valley were to die for when sat enjoying a coffee first thing in the morning. The drive up the Valle Brembano and over the San Marco pass towards the northern end of Lake Como was a must. Then to drive down the lake shore stopping off at the various villages along the way. Our first trip to Lombardy but hopefully will not be the last.

Altogether a lovely area and we especially enjoyed the "smaller" Lake Iseo.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your positive comments. It was a pleasure having you stay and we look forward to accommodating you in the future
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Pleasantly situated property

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely property in a quiet village. Large bedrooms and balconies which give great views of the valley and mountains. I would say a car is essential in this area of Italy. The village has one trattoria which is excellent value for money and serves superb Italian food. The owners are very welcoming and despite having limited English actually bothered to have the menu translated for us. Our second stay here

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great place in mountains above Bergamo!

  • 4 of 5

Highly recommend a stay in this flat in the little village Roncaglio Entro only 1.7K north of San Giovanni Bianco which has a delightful church, two supermarkets and some characterful eateries and little shops.

Price? Great value for time in such a spectacular landscape which stimulates all your senses.

The flat is a great base for hiking, cycling or driving in the local valleys or over the local mountains where there are some amazing alpine views from picturesque villages.

Scenic views up the valley from the flat itself are great (watching eagles soar in the valley above from the balcony was a highlight on my trip). Listening to sheep bells echo up the valley was another sensory delight as was the clean air!

The locale is very accessible - good bus links if you don't drive - to Bergamo or Milan. If you do drive, there are spectacular drives eastwards over the mountains to picturesque Clusone (good market Mondays with great local meats and cheeses). Another great drive is westwards to Lecco or further north to Verenna gets you boats onto Lake Lecco/Como for ferries to the delightfully special town of Bellagio on Lake Como - quickest route if you don't want to spend hours on a boat, is to drive northwest over the mountains to Verenna and take a swift foot ferry from there to Bellagio. Well worth the trip for extraordinary scenery including mountains and the famous lake of Como.

Sunday warning! Like many European areas, Sunday morning/afternoon is a day for 1000s of cyclists and motorbikes to be on the roads - in this area they travel northwards up the valley - even though the riders are well stewarded at major junctions it may be best to avoid any drive north up the valley on Sunday before 16.00.

Like spas? This flat is a short 5K walk (on a safe walking path - paved former railway line) to the amazing QCTerme in San Pellegrino - famous for its healing waters - one of the best spas I've ever encountered!

  • Review Submitted: May 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful apartment

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful, extremely spacious, clean and luxurious apartment. The views are absolutely stunning. It is very quiet and peaceful with excellent walking all around. The little restaurant up the road does great food at very reasonable prices. The Village has everything that one needs. We were a middle aged couple with 2 small dogs who enjoy walking and it was perfect for us.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great place to unwind and recharge body and soul

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful property in a majestic location, heart of the Bremba Valley. Spotless, superbly maintained and very very well equipped. With three bedrooms, separate living and kitchen area, generous sized bathroom. It was the first time we didn't feel 'squeezed in' on a holiday.

The owner Alastair, couldn't have been more helpful on the phone, leaving us plenty information and maps, e mailing us very helpful directions, tips, places to see, etc.

If you like walking, if you don't like busy tourist geared places, if you have a bit of Italian or want to try it, if you want the real local people, gentle and smiling and helpful, this is the place to go. Also, the bus service is excellent, and the walk into San Giovanni, only 20 mins, means you get the exercise, keep your costs low, as the bus is cheap; and can explore San Pelligrino, very very impressive), and not be all day on a bus. San Pelligrino is only a few KM away, and Bergamo, an absolutely wonderful city, that is so easy get around, only 40 mins. There are other places worth exploring too, if you have the time.

Our holiday combined Bergamo and Roncaglio Centro/San Giovanni, so we got the mountains and the city.

Our teen kids were disappointed there was no wi fi. We weren't as we were able to wean them of their smart phones and actually have decent conversations with each other. Also there is a good swimming pool in San Pelegrino.

If you want a quite get away, in a beautiful non touristy part of Lower Alpine Italy, and still have decent supermarkets and restaurants, where you can manage without a car, with good bus links to Bergamo, (There are hardly any taxis), this is the place, this is the place for you.

If you have kids who only want to be in 'fun' water parks, theme parks, etc, and or on their devices with wifi, this is not the place to go. That said, my wife and I hope to return, and even the kids, at the end of the day, will remember a holiday where we were actually a family and weren't glued to technology, social media, or ripped off with fees to over packed them parks, entertainment venues' or whatever.

Also, beautiful Catholic Church in San Giovanni, indeed many wonderful churches with amazing frescoes in Bergamo and the region in general. Easy to get Mass and get a place of quiet time away from the madding crowd!

Our thanks to Alastair for a great break for body and soul.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great place to relax

  • 5 of 5

We easily found the building on Google maps using street view feature. Armed with knowledge how surrounding looks like, and with little help from GPS, we reached the place from Milan airport without any problems.

We were welcomed by friendly neighbors who showed us around and gave us the key. The apartment was as described on site. Everything was clean and even a bottle of fine Italian Prosecco was waiting for us. The apartment is fully equipped down to small items like bottle openers and espresso pots. We found plenty of beddings and towels,

The apartment consists of three large bedrooms, large kitchen with breakfast table and lovely bathroom with big tub. All rooms have large wardrobes with plenty of space. Just like in hotels, we found soap, shampoo and conditioner ready to make our stay more enjoyable.

We used the apartment as a base for exploration of Northern Italy. We met many people who were using the mountainous roads and trails for cycling and hiking, but that is not our thing :-). Lakes Como, Majore, Garda and Iseo can be reached easily by car. Same is true for cities like Bergamo, Verona and Milan. We even visited Monte Carlo.

Close to Roncaglia Entro, where the apartment is located, is small city of San Giovanni Bianco. It takes less than 5 minutes to reach by car. There you will find two big supermarkets, several restaurants and few bars. Located on river Brembo, the city is quite nice with very friendly residents.

The apartment owner is a true gentleman who made our stay even better. He replied to all of our emails withing hours, helping us with everything - even with silly things like locating the iron.

All in all we would highly recommend this place.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

The property is situated in the hamlet of Roncaglia in a secluded area of the Valle Brembana with stunning mountain views. The village of San Giovanni Bianco is 20 mins walk or 5 minutes drive away. San Giovanni itself is a typical Italian village completely unspoilt from development or tourism.There is a church, several bars and trattorias and two supermarkets as well as more traditional shops selling local produce. The spa town of San Pelligrino famous the world over for its water is only 5km away and Bergamo city with its beautiful Cite Alta is approx 25km. Lake of Como and Isea are both within an hours drive. Milan Bergamo airport is one of Ryanairs main Bases in Italy and there are flights from several UK airports. From there it is a 45 minute drive to the property.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Milan Bergamo at 30 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : at 200 Metres Nearest Train : Bergamo at 25 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : at 200 Metres Nearest Ski : Piazzatorre at 20 Kilometres Car: recommended


The most convenient airport is Milan Bergamo

Milan Bergamo airport is served by Ryanair flights from London Stansted , Manchester, East Midlands, Bristol and Dublin.. Milan Bergamo is a 45 mins drive from the property.

Alternative airports would be Milan Linate, Milan Malpensa or Brescia


San Pelligrino Terme 5km/3miles

Tallegio 7km/4 miles

Bergamo 25km/16miles

Milan 75 km/46miles

Lecco (Lake of Como)38km/22miles

Foppolo (Skiing)33km/19miles

Piazzatorre (Skiing) 18km/11 miles

Carona (Skiing) 23km /14 miles


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Autumn Season
5 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Winter 16
1 Nov 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Cristmas and New Year
24 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Winter 2017
7 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Spring 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2017
3 Sep 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
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Changeover Day:
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Notes on prices:
Prices include all cleaning at the start and end of each visit. Any additional cleaning required can be arranged locally for a small fee.
Unfortunately the property does not have wifi but this is available at several cafes in the village.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 07-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

This property is set in beautiful countryside and is an extremely affordable base for exploring Northern Italy.

Property Type

  • apartment


  • Away From It All


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Television ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


  • churches
  • forests
  • waterfalls

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • ski

Floor Area

  • 120 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • The Bathroom has a separate bath , walk in shower and bidet It has been recently modernised.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 3 double bedrooms. Front master bedroom with a large double bed. The second bedroom can be made with either double or twin beds and the 3rd bedroom although double size currently has a single bed . Two of the bedrooms have private balconies. All bedrooms have large wardrobes, mirrors and all bed linen and bath towels are provided


  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering


  • Outside: Small garden area situated on hill. Large shared (with one other flat) Terrace with stunning views. Small balconies accessible from living room, kitchen, master bedroom and small private balcony in third bedroom Utility Room: There is a large cellar downstairs with a washing machine, freezer and central heating boiler. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The apartment is fully equipped. Bedding and towels are provided. Cleaning at the beginning and end of the stay are included in the price. If you require any additional cleaning during your stay this can be arranged locally for a fee of 50 Euros. Other: There is a large outside terrace on the ground floor of the property which is shared with the flat upstairs. It is possible to use this to dine outside or relax and take sun. There are smaller balconies with French doors leading directly off all rooms

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