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... and walk almost everywhere in town. Kaye brought her suitcase with her as she was leaving on the Tuesday and with the car being out of action we thought it would be safer for her to be in town in order to catch the train. We had a lovely lunch at Katy and John’s. Happily I got the car fixed on Monday so I was able to go back and have dinner with them on Monday night.
On Tuesday Barbara and Leigh arrived to house sit and look after the pets for ...
... and have our first possible sighting of George. It is in a little taverna where we have appertiva (an Italian tasting platter) for lunch and his photo is on the wall as well as a wine bottle with a picture of his house on it. We should have come here yesterday.
The lake cruise is on a beautiful wooden speed boat that seats 14 people. We cruise up the lake looking at all the small villages and all the large magnificent villa's with their manicured gardens. ...
... Ok, the bell chimes twenty four times each day, some of these seemingly random, but we discover the church was built in the thirteen hundreds, nearly as old as the unassuming little grey church nearby that just happens to be two centuries older than its larger neighbour. That sort of sums up Varenna. Other places on Lake Como shout out "hey – George Clooney lives here" or “This spot was used in a James Bond movie” but Varenna just sits quietly and ...
... leaving and we are on the wrong side of the tracks, next train in 90 minutes. Can you call a taxi - yes, but it is a busy time in Bellamo and it will be a 90 minute wait (there is only one taxi in Bellamo). Can we catch a ferry or hire a boat, maybe but it is a 500 metre walk to the ferry station. So armed with a map and a couple of directions we set off and soon find the only ferry for the day which leaves in 5 minutes, what great timing. The ...
... is close so this should be simple. Except, our bags have grown mysteriously heavier at each stop and it’s a bit of a challenge dragging them along the cobbled streets. No problem, it will be relaxing on the train. By process of elimination, we find the right platform, negotiate the steep steps on to the train and find our assigned seats. The bags are more or less piled with all the others at the back of the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Eremo Gaudio Varenna
We stayed in the Teolinda suite in June and were just amazed when we saw the view from our huge covered terrace. It was one of the most stunning views. The quaint town of Varenna was below, a castle tower to the right, Bellagio across the lake. The room was spacious, plain decor, but who cares with that view! Breakfast was served on a terrace with another great view. There are some hikes that start by the parking lot and funicular entrance. Varenna is a great little old fashioned town. We wish we could have spent more time there.
Our favorite piece of paradise in Italy!
My husband and I stayed in the Teodolinda suite and the Tremezzo suite for our honeymoon from May 19th to the 25th and consider this Albergo/hotel one of our favorites in Italy. Varenna is also one of our favorite places to stay (over any other place on Lake Como). Our favorite room is the Teodolinda room with its incredible covered terrace! We couldn't tear ourselves away! We loved just hanging out around the hotel with it's many breathtaking views! This hotel is spotless, very well maintained, friendly staff: Federico, Viviolle, Monica, Silvia and the rest make you feel right at home. You will find peace and quite here! The Teodolinda room had a nice kitchen w refrigerator to store food/drinks, and the room was very large with a beautiful walk right out to your very own, private terrace! We felt as if we were royalty! This suite is also an excellent value for the money! Dinner was fabulous at their charming dining area on the upper terrace (with the same spectacular view!). Federico (manager) was so charming/helpful and patient with us (we will learn to speak Italian the next time we visit Italy) as he recommended wonderful dishes and wine for dinner. He made us feel right at home in his hotel! The Eremo Gaudio has spectacular grounds with a glass lift that whisks you up from the street to it's awe-inspiring hotel! The ride up is incredible with the view of the lake and Varenna just below you. The walk into town is only 5 to 8 minutes downhill. So, it's easy to just walk around town and then walk right back to the hotel. Bottles of their local wine are available to you to take to your room and enjoy. You have all necessary amenities right there at the hotel! We will always go back to the Eremo Gaudio! We recommend this hotel to anyone!
A view to die for
Located in Varenna at the center of Lake Como. I don't believe there is a better view of Lake Como than from the Emero Granda. Suggest taking a cab (8 Euro) to and from the ferry station if you have luggage. The walk from the hotel to the ferry station without luggage is easy and relaxing (I'm 60 years old, and if I say it's an easy walk - it's an easy walk). If you can't stay there, at least go for lunch or dinner to enjoy the fantastic view. Food is very good and reasonably priced. We found the staff extremely helpful and friendly.
I am sooo glad I chose this hotel for our stay in Varenna. Spectacular location on Lake Como. Our particular room, the Bellagio was stupendous for it's view of the lake & mountains. We had a small balcony where we could barely tear ourselves away to sightsee. We enjoyed wine here every afternoon along with the most gorgeous, romantic & peaceful landscape scenery of this beautiful region of Italy. The staff was friendly & accomodating. The food was fine to me although my husband didn't like his particular choices. Some of the most delicious desserts we had our entire time in Italy. We would love to return to Varenna & we would definately stay again at this hotel if for only one of the most fabulous views we have ever seen in our travels.
Great Hotel! Great View!
My wife and I stayed only one night during our two week stay in Italy, but the hotel itself is reason enough to come to Varenna. We had the Bellagio room which was on the third floor and had a private balcony. The view was fantastic! The hotel staff was very friendly and the lovely young desk clerk spoke very good English. The hotel is a pretty good hike from the train station on the other side of town, but is well worth the effort to get there. Highly recommended!
More Praise for Eremo Gaudio
Thank you trip advisor! I discovered the Eremo Gaudio because of your site-- it wasn't in any of my books. My boyfriend and I booked six nights there based on the recommendations here and the stunning photos on the hotel's website. I agree with the others posted here who note the hotel's unique charm and amazing views. We had a superior room with balcony; the balcony was really a terrace, which held two chairs and a small table - perfect for dozing in the sun. The room, as others have noted, was quite simple, not very big, but very clean and modern. The staff was warm and wonderful. The only thing I would recommend is -- go later in the season! We were there late April and it was still a bit chilly and we had not just a little rain. I know the Lakes district gets quite crowded in the summer (and could make the parking lot a bit of a challenge), and usually I avoid that, but it would be worth it for the beautiful weather.
Overall I would say it's incredible value for the money -- 120 euros a night for a view like this is really quite a bargain. If you go, you won't regret it!
Wonderful Hotel, Slightly Off the Beaten Path
My wife and I splurged on the suite at Eremo Gaudio, but nearly all its charm can be found in any of the rooms and throughout the hotel. The suite bought us our own covered balcony away from the main hotel, overlooking the lake. It was worth it for our honeymoon, but the other rooms have balconies, as well. The hotel was very clean, very kind, and in an amazingly neat location. While it may challenge some young kids or senior citizens, the 5 or 6 minute walk from the hotel to the town is very refreshing. It also means the hotel is in a very quiet location. Breakfasts and dinner (if you prefer) are served on a beautiful terrace overlooking the lake. This is a fine hotel and I would reccomend it to most.
My husband and I loved this hotel! We had an extremely clean room with french doors that opened onto our private balcony overlooking Lake Como. Very romantic. On the balcony, looking out at the lake, the hotel is behind you, so you feel as though you are completely alone, perched on the edge of a cliff. It was fun to take the two lifts up the cliff to get to the hotel lobby, and the staff was very friendly. Breakfast was served outdoors, on a lower balcony overlooking the Lake. So relaxing. We will absolutely be back to this hotel.
Worth it and more
I do not have anything bad to say about Eremo Gaudio in Varenna. This hotel, which was originally a monastery, is amazing.
Eremo Gaudio is away from the main area, but close enough. Driving or walking up to the hotel is very unique since it sits on the mountain side. There are 2 areas you can stay. The top or bottom. The bottom area is close to the entrance, but the top area is where you want to be. It takes 2 "outdoor" mountain elevators (funicular) to reach the main building (where you check In/Out and for breakfast).
The hotel staff is so wonderful and caring. The rooms are a decent size, clean and efficient. The best part is the views. You see Bellagio, the lake and the entire town of Varenna. The price per room is very cheap considering what you are getting. The main part of Varenna is a walk away, and when you have breakfast at the terrace, you feel like you are in paradise.
There is no doubt that we will stay in Eremo Gaudio when we return to the Lake Como area.
This hotel was divine. The location is a bit out of the way, up a hill, but sooo quiet and beautiful. We had a lower price room and still loved it. The people were very very friendly and caring. The rooftop terrace for breakfast and dinner is breathtaking. This was my first stop on my 2 week Italian vacation and I Highly recommend it.