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Ever since Clooney moved in, Lake Como has shared a celebrity status. Given a chance, most of us would probably stay just about anywhere to vacation like an A-lister on the shores of Lombardy. Thanks to these Airbnbs, there’s no need to settle for just anywhere, though. Whether you’re taking a solo trip, going on your honeymoon, planning a family vacation, or traveling with friends, the northern Italian getaway of your dreams is probably for rent, without the Hollywood price tag. Here are eight of the most beautiful, affordable Lake Como Airbnbs.
Lezzeno Bellavista House in Lezzeno, Lombardy
Bathed in sunlight on both sides of the double doors that open to the lake-view balcony, this two-bedroom apartment is a gem in Lezzeno, Lombardy, just a few miles outside of Bellagio, or the Pearl of Lake Como. The unit comes with a private terrace and garden where you can lounge after boating around Comacina Island, swimming at the no-cost beaches nearby, or hiking along the centuries-old Strada Regia path that connects Bellagio to the town of Como.
Four guests, two bedrooms
Price: $88 per night
Cà del Bif apartment in Nesso
Nesso, the village where this one-bedroom charmer is located, has been around since ancient Rome. The apartment itself dates back to the 1600s. Perfect for one or two travelers, the quiet retreat will make you feel like a Lake Como local, whether you spend your days dipping in remote parts of the lake or fishing off the pier overlooking the village. The kitchen is equipped for light cooking though guests are also within walking distance of the restaurants in town — as long as they don’t mind walking home uphill.
Two guests, one bedroom
Price: $108 per night
The Sunset View Eco House
This eco-chic cottage, outfitted with solar panels, a wood-fed boiler, a queen bed, and two bunks, is ideal for teaching little ones about the joys of unplugging. With hiking abounds right out of the front door, backdropped by views of Lake Como and the Swiss Alps from around 2,600 feet, you may not be able to tear yourself from the cozy fireplace come evening. But if you do want to venture beyond the hillside, Milan, St. Mortiz, and Bergamo are all within a 1.5-hour drive.
Four guests, two bedrooms
Price: $109 per night
Beautiful one-bedroom apartment in Vercana
You may not think you need a pool on a lake vacation — until you’ve seen Lake Como from an infinity pool. Seclusion sells the romance of this one-bedroom apartment on the western end of the lake, as do its garden and the cobblestone street leading to the entrance. A couple with young kids may also enjoy this Airbnb, which comes with a barbecue and small play area, too.
Three guests, one bedroom
Price: $111 per night
Casa Berta in Palanzo
If you’re looking for accommodation that’s as photogenic as Lake Como, this warm, rustic two-bedroom home is it. Past guests have raved about the decor and view from the third-floor terrace. Travelers also adore its location in the heart of Palanzo, a medieval village that hardly seems more populated than it might have been centuries ago. With that comes a soundtrack to life in an Italian mountain town, from the ringing of church bells to the chatter of neighbors. Just be sure to stock up on groceries before you arrive as there’s only one small shop in town.
Six guests, two bedrooms
Price: $118 per night
Apartment overlooking the lake
This two-bedroom apartment in Carate Urio looks like it was ripped out of a design magazine. Splashes of color, from the sky blue accent wall in the living room to the pale green details on the patio, mirror the splendor of the natural surroundings. The town on the lake’s western shore is a draw unto itself, with country lanes lined with 19th-century villas and mule tracks carved into the hillside. That incline is a boon for mountain bikers who, after tiring rides, can retire to the lake-facing kitchen and enjoy even more priceless views.
Eight guests, two bedrooms
Price: $144 per night
Panoramic lake views at Penthouse di Cremia
Nothing says luxury like a penthouse on Lake Como. The price tag on this penthouse in Cremia may echo the sentiment, but considering it can accommodate seven guests, it’s actually a steal. A 10-minute walk from the water, and a four-minute drive from San Vito beach, the property also enjoys panoramic views of the mountain-ringed lake from the upstairs living room and private terrace. Sporty types will enjoy the complementary stand-up paddleboard and canoe while those who prefer sticking to shore cafe hop through nearby Bellagio, Menaggio, and Dongo.
Seven guests, four bedrooms
Price: $275 per night
One-bedroom house with private garden
This one-bedroom house is a bit of a splurge. But look at it. Cozy yet glamorous like something out of a storybook, it’s as inviting outside as it is indoors, with a wood-burning oven in the kitchen and a barbecue in the garden, a fireplace to curl up by in the evening and loungers to sunbathe on during the day. There’s even a sauna and private lake access. From the beautifully manicured yard to the surreal natural landscape, it’s an escape fit for Goldilocks — just right.
Two guests, one bedroom
Price: $277 per night