Ah San Mamete… Bello! Has people warm and friendly. I wanted to stay in an area of lakes region that would offer me a feel of Italy’s culture...I found it here in Valsolda Valley. Staying here in this lovely apt made a great difference in making my holiday extremely comfortable. I take back to American some very beautiful memories and hopefully pictures… I took many!


Di & Dave Barrett
This was our 1st visit to the Italian Lakes, and what a gem we found. The views from the apartment are amazing, the colours have changed daily, a photographers/painters dream. The village of San Mamete is wonderful, we have met some really friendly people. The church bells are lovely, particularly at 8.30pm. We visited Bellagio – stunning!! Can’t put into words.

Visited market in Luino 1st week of our stay – the good market being the most memorable. Bought some good salami and fruit & veg. The selection of local cheeses were the best we’ve seen. Visited Lugano, nice city but prefer the Italian side of the lake better. Had some great meals, most memorable being at Ristorante Regina in Porlezza. The metre d’hotel a real character.

Can’t wait to come back. We won’t tell too many of our friends how wonderful it is, in case we can’t book next time!

Di & Dave Barrett

Andy + Donna Buxton
Thoroughly enjoyed our relaxing stay @ the apartment. My husband spent many a happy hour feeding the swans and their rapidly growing signites!! Couldn’t find La Rotunda sadly but still managed to find some of the eatery recommendations + did the fabulous walks recommended in the guide! Loved it all!

Thank you for making our honeymoon unforgettable!!

Andy + Donna Buxton, Surrey

Heather & Jamie
Thank you for a super week! We have totally fallen in love with Lugano & the surrounding lakes! This was our first visit to the North of Italy & we have the scenery to be beautiful, the locals to be really friendly & and the food to be wonderful.

The apartment is great & we are going to really miss getting up in the morning and looking out at the beautiful view! We hope to return soon!

Thanks again!

Heather & Jamie
Warwickshire, UK

Lisa & David Barnett
A wonderful place to spend our honeymoon. No matter where we visited the views couldn’t ever match that from sitting our balcony. Hotel Belvedere was a find for lunch in Bellagio – away from the touristy restaurants and an incredible view. We also found Hotel Stella d’Italia very friendly & good food. The walk to Castello was very interesting – steep but its only 1km. The apartment itself is lovely. We hope to return on a special anniversary.

Lisa & David Barnett

Kat + Chris
Our stay in this beautiful apartment with its incredible views, has been perfect.

Lake Lugano is beautiful and we would recommend taking the time to visit the best views as suggested in the apartment guide. Singnolola is spectacular!
We also travelled upto Madesimo and took a ski lift up the mountain where the scenery is breathtaking.
All in all it was a perfect place to get engaged and a great reason to come back for a second visit….prehaps on our honeymoon!

Thank you very much
Kat + Chris, Cardiff, Wales.

Rudle O’Connell & Michelle Singleton
Simply perfect way to see the lakes. The apartment was fantastic, the food @ the Stella Hotel very good, and a trip to Como for the day just awesome. Only wish we had longer!

Rudle O’Connell & Michelle Singleton. (London but really an Aussies)

John & Libsee
We were going to do a little diary with loads of detail but ran out of time!!

So here are the key info points:

• A great day out is to go to Lugano (you can part @ the train station & get a small funicular down (or up is better!) get the funicular up Mt Bre & then walk down to Gandria & get the boat back to Lugano harbour. It was a fab 1st day for us. Get a combined ticket for boat & funicular from the boat info point in the middle of the harbour near the tourist info.

• While on subject of tourist info – they are pretty rubbish! Get maps etc from newsagents or (as we did) photo the boards in Ticino. They never have good maps on the walls!!

• Bellagio – cool, not outstanding, BUT in addition to what its windy streets, you can walk to Pellecarno (sp?) a small fishing village on the other side of the headlands.. The hotel in the bay is fantastic for lunch (setting & food) then you can walk back through little towns to Villa Meltio – cool gardens.

• We hired a boat for ? day on the lake from ‘Nautical Shop’ on the road towards Cima (Porlezza) they are nice & speak English. The bay opposite here is calm & good for swimming.

• Val d’Ihtehi (opposite side of the lake) centre past supermarket in Porlezza…nice, small villages. Don’t bother with the Belvedre viewpoint, they are building there, go left @ Lanzo to another area begins with S…. have packed the guide oh dear, Schillenburg or something – it’s fab tho.

• Supermarket @ Pellatto – Ortelli, tonight @ rights as you leave town.

• Tourist info Mamete Market.

• Walk to S. Mamete Church, 5 minutes but carry on up & you get to Loggio Church – now this was our favourite spot for picnics. Lovely views!

• Tours – Castello is fab (reach by small road off Lake to Oria), Puria okay, did walk S. Mamete, Castello, Mellango, Dario, Puria, Loggio & down. Very good.

• Restaurants – Andreas Pizza in Cima is excellent, as was Crotto del Lago & Hotel Stella lovely.

• Boat deck is communal – great for sun bathing, swimming from the deck is fun!

Finally if you are having a ? in Milan on way back, book to see last super (if you want) as you can’t just roll up :)
Hope you have as great a time as we’ve did!

All the best
John & Libsee

Jacqui & Grant
Another truly wonderful stay in S. Mamete in apt 6. We could never tire of the beautiful views all around and really don’t want to leave. The village is so charming and unspoilt and locals are very friendly. The food in recommended restaurants is of a high standard, our favourites being Hotel Stella d’Italia and Il Rotrovo. Hopefully we will have the chance to work through them in all future visits! It is worth taking the drive to Singnolola as the views are breathtaking – it’s like looking down from a plane. Excellent views can also be seen at Castello & Dario.

Thanks once again Roswitha,

Jacqui & Grant

Ciaran & Aoife Kendellen
Diary of Aoife & Ciaran Kendellen

Got here at about 11:30pm at night and popped open the champers to relax in a stunning apartment. We sat outside and just listened to the gentle sounds of the lake and immediately switched off. We are really looking forward to tomorrow. It will be day light for a start but already we just feel relaxed – more tomorrow ->

5th May 2006-11-12

Up early this morning and down to the shop for some nice bread and coffee. The weather isn’t great but who cares the placed is just breathtaking during the day. We took the car to Lugano and walked around the many shops. We had lunch in a caf? there which wasn’t very nice but McDonalds McFlurry made up for it ! ;) After a busy day there we headed off to Riva San Vitale which is home to a 6th Century baptistery and 16th Century Church. There was a choir at the church practising and they were very special indeed. This evening we had dinner in the hotel in the hotel. The food was fantastic, try the “chefs fantasty” for a special desert. Four courses including a Cabernet Sauvignon came to ?100 which was well priced in our opinion – more tomorrow ->

6th May 2006-11-12
We went up to Mont Bre today and had lunch. Well worth a visit for breath taking views. We then we to Ikea in the Centra Lugano Sud and it’s well worth a shopping trip. Loads of shops at great prices! (Compared to Dublin). Dinner was in Crotto Galbriga and again well worth the trip. The mussels are gorgeous and so to are the deserts! – more tomorrow ->

Sunday 7th May 2006
Today we missed brekie but instead heading down to Lugano for lunch. It was a few doors down from the Eden Hotel at the end of the strip. The weather was lovely so we ate outside. Aoife wanted to head to the miniature museum, so Ciaran took her there! ;) We had a fab afternoon there and it is well worth a visit. After that we headed to Menaggio and walked the pier and had coffee and cake in an outdoor English Tea room. This town is extremely busy with bikers and say it’s great on a Saturday.

We then headed to Como but didn’t stay. Instead we headed back to Lugano. The car festival was just finishing so we walked around the cars for the 50th time and then sat and had a drink.
We had dinner “in” il Crotto del Lago. The bowl of mussels was huge and Ciaran enjoyed the grilled veal while Aoife didn’t like the T-Bone steak. The desert was nice howver the menu entirely in Italian which could be a little difficult if not interesting!! :)

We are off home tomorrow night however that’s after a trip to Milan!

We have enjoyed our stay and will definitely be back. You get used to the Italian drivers, the people are delightful and the scenery and apartment are really beautiful. We felt at home and the only downside was we couldn’t bring one of those “hot” cars home. Ferrari’s are cheap here!!

Thanks Again,

Ciaran & Aoife Kendellen