Emanuele is a fantastic host! I was travelling alone and he arranged to collect me from the station at Varenna and at the end of my stay he also took me back. He had left some sparkling water and wine in the apartment for when i arrived which was a nice touch.
On the first night that I arrived I had by mistake left the apartment keys in a taxi and broken my phone earlier on that evening so when I was able to contact Emanuele he came to let me in straight away and was very understanding and concerned. He even brought a spare iPhone and a spare Samsung mobile phone for me to use whilst mine was broken. This was such a kind gesture and allowed me to be able to take photos of the beautiful lake and gardens whilst I was there. Without my phone and having no camera I would have had no photos to cherish of my trip. This was completely not expected of him and he went above and beyond his duties as a host.
The apartment - Bigger than i had expected and very clean. The kitchen has all the amenities you could need. I stayed in the single bed as opposed to the sofa bed and I had a great night sleep and it was very comfortable. There is also plenty of spare bedding for if it gets a bit colder during the night. What i loved most about the apartment was the stunning view from the balcony. The sun sets directly in front and it feels like you have the best view on the lake. I made sure to make it back to the apartment for sunset on the clear evenings because it is such a beautiful sight and not to be missed.
The location - Prior to my booking Emanuele had told me the walk down to Varenna would be around 30 minutes but it seemed to take me along the lines of 20 minutes and perhaps 25 minutes on the way back up. This for some may seem like a long walk to a center but the walk is beautiful, there is a footpath down and it offers spectacular views all the way down to the bottom. Once you see the sunset from the balcony you will appreciate being where you are on the hill. There is a supermarket and pharmacy at the end of the road, approx. 3 minutes walk which was very useful.
All in all, despite having broken my phone on the first evening, my stay here was fantastic thanks to Emanuele. It was my first time in Lake Como and it won't be my last. I hope to visit again next summer and will definitely stay in this same apartment.