Special to OneWed from Marie O’Mara of Honeymoons.com
I was recently introduced to an Inn in Italy with a great love story. The inn, located on the beautiful Lake Como in Northern Italy, is named "Ca de l’Üga Dulza," which means "House of the Sweet Grape" in the local dialect of Lezzeno. Kate, one of the owners, who happens to be an American, met and married an Italian man named Nico Ferrari, and together they run this romantic retreat inspired by their mutual love of wine and romance. "l'Üga Dulza" not only reflects their love of wine, it is also an expression used to convey "the sweet life"—generally involving good food and drink, good company and a great deal of lazing about. And at Ca de l'Üga Dulza, they take the sweet life seriously!
The Inn is located about an hour and a half north of Milan's Malpensa and Linate airports, and is a short 10-15 minute drive from the famous central "pearl" of Lake Como, Bellagio. Bellagio offers numerous restaurants, enotecas, fine shops as well as ferry service to the opposite shores of the lake. (The service between Bellagio, Cadenabbia, Menaggio & Varenna accommodates cars as well as pedestrian passengers.)
Honeymooners in the region may choose from a variety of pursuits (active to ... less so) to suit their tastes and daily moods. Naturally, no trip to Lake Como is complete without some romantic time spent on the water, but whether this comes in the form of a luxury private boat tour, a rental craft or the local ferries it is up to the individual visitors taste and desire.
Sports enthusiasts and other athletically inclined souls will be overwhelmed by the scope of activities available in this region. The spectacular hiking trails include the Strada Regia (the ancient Roman "Royal Road"), which passes just outside the Inn’s doors and stretches from the edges of Bellagio to Como, as well as countless others that loop around the surrounding mountains and sloping shores. A short walk down to the water makes it possible to take advantage of water skiing or wakeboard lessons with world champions through Lezzeno's Jolly Racing Club. Biking and horseback outings are available through adventure companies in Bellagio. The culturally or artistically minded will enjoy all manner of beautiful villas and gardens (standouts being Villa Carlotta and Villa del Balbianello on the opposite shore of the lake, as well as Villa Olmo in Como), Vezio Castle above Varenna with its falconry demonstrations, as well as many small art galleries and fascinating small museum exhibits around the lake.
"Ca de l’Üga Dulza" consists of three rooms with private in-suite bathrooms, and one small apartment with a compact kitchen, living area and two balconies. Each room is named for an Italian grape varietal in the dialect of its region of origin. All four choices of accommodations are beautifully appointed with stylish furnishings, luxury bathrooms, high-end linens and modern amenities (including air conditioning, refrigerators and tea- and coffee-making facilities), and all three have breathtaking views of the lake. The Inn provides free wireless Internet access and MP3/iPod-compatible music players in each room, but have chosen to exclude televisions (with the exception of the apartment) so that guests can more fully immerse themselves in the romantic scenery and relaxing surroundings.
The view over the lake from the Inn’s hillside is not only unforgettable; it is also within walking distance of a charming lakeside Ristorante. Aurora is perfect for a romantic meal on the water. If your lucky enough to be at the Inn at the end of June, you will have a front row seat for a spectacular fireworks display that takes place on and around Comacina Island, for the Festival of San Giovanni.
At this intimate inn, guests are outside the bustle and crowds of Bellagio, in a peaceful and private escape with amazing views and surrounded by simple comforts. But they are also close enough to this exciting town to be there in a moments notice. The Inn’s location and view, of the Lake leave guests in awe and they let guests know that a boat ride on the lake and a visit to the gardens at Villa Carlotta and Villa del Balbianello is worth every second! At the Inn there's never any obligation to be the super-tourist, and it seems that several guests check into the upstairs apartment suite and spend the vast majority of their stay on the balcony in their comfy robes alternating between sipping coffee and wine!
The Inn loves honeymooners and is always happy to provide flowers, wine and/or champagne upon request, and will assist in planning a special dinner or romantic excursion.
This Inn has received wonderful reviews on Trip Advisor.
And of course, you can find out more about the Inn at their website (English, Italian, French, and German): http://www.cadelugadulza.com -OR- http://www.houseofthesweetgrape.com
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