Mattia's top floor modern apartment is very comfortable and exactly as described. Like other guests we were welcomed and shown around by Mattia's father - despite no English and us not speaking Italian, it was not a problem. Mattia was also available by email and answered questions promptly. The kitchen is well equipped and has everything that the self-caterer needs and Mattia's parents left us a tasty Nuvola loaf and bread etc for breakfast. We had most meals outside on the deck. Mattia provides a welcome note and helpful map showing the location of restaurants, shopping centre etc. We had an enjoyable and inexpensive meal at Pashà's (a short drive away) and in addition to the supermarket at the shopping centre in Cantú, we also recommend the Carrefour at Tavernerio. As we spent 9 days here we had an opportunity to explore the area and recommendations for guests with a little time include Como of course, but also Bellagio, a real highlight despite lots of tourists, it really does live up to the hype about being a "jewell" on Lake Como. Lecco was lovely, if you are more organised that us you could arrange a private tour to climb the impressive 96m bell-tower. Vareena was another lake highlight, a really pretty little town with a lovely lake-front. We visited Varese on Sunday and were surprised to find that most of the shops were open and there was an antique market in the old-town. A drive around the onside perimeter of Lake Como offers lots of great photo opportunities and swimming spots, we also recommend a stop at Menaggio. Another great day trip is to the old town of Bergamo - catch the funicular from the lower city to the La Citta Alta which is really pretty with narrow cobbled lanes, great shops and picturesque town square. We also made a trip to beautiful Milan by train from Cantú Cermenate (parking €1 for the day and tickets €3.50 each way) straight to Porta Gariboldi station. Picking up a €4.50 day pass on the Metro and trams made getting around all the sites easy in the hot weather. Thank you Mattia for a great base for exploring this lovely part of Italy.