This is an amazing B &B. Firstly it is a restored beautiful historic 15th century villa on Lake Como, with outstanding views of the alps and lake from every room. Now add in every American amenity you could need or want. The attention to detail and decor, cleanliness is by far, five star. The a/c exceeds European standards as does the hospitality of the innkeepers and detail of the suite. Everything inside looked brand-new. The pool and grounds are simply gorgeous. You are steps away from public transportation, hiking, the water, boating, the ferry to Bellagio or downtown Como, restaurants etc. plus gated private parking, super secure grounds, this is one of the most beautiful and best B & B's I think you could find anywhere...add it to your bucket list.
We stopped in at Villa Matilda for some R&R during our Italian adventure and found so much more! The Villa is beautiful and classic with breathtaking views of the Lake! The Cardinalis have thought of every detail to make you feel at home, like you belong in beautiful Torno/Como. The accommodations are perfect and the location is ideal, with a beautiful short walk down the Roman path into town to take the ferry to any of the beautiful towns on the Lake. Our stay was too short!! Next time we will come back and stay longer. Thank you to the Cardinalis!! We will be back!
If you are looking for a great custom villa in a more remote part of Lake Como, this place is perfect. You can get around the lake to all towns, including Como, using ferries or bus- both are consistent and reliable. Tony was very kind and picked us up from the train station but the bus from the train station to Torno is super easy and drops you off right at Torno and it is a short walk (albeit uphill) to the villa. Ask Tony for the bus number to take. Taxis are probably OK too. The villa itself is absolutely beautiful and Tony definitely makes sure his guests are well taken care of. The best part is that he is full of useful helpful information about the local area and Italy in general. There are lots of cool things to do. If you like hiking, a path up the mountain to two remote villages, and I mean really remote, starts right near the villa. There is even a restaurant in one of the remote villages. We rented a boat (40hp for up to 5 people and no license needed) for 5h and it was only 200 Euros and allowed us to cruise around the lake on our own - very cool. There is a small local grocery store with great food but the hours are odd- ask Tony to see when it is open. Plenty of good restaurants too. Also a really good local gelato shop. Overall, a great experience if you prefer a more remote private getaway where you can do things at your own pace. I attached a few pics of the remote hiking/villages.
This was my first trip to Lake Como, and I had no idea how big the city of Como was, or how many villages dotted the lake. But after getting oriented I realized that staying somewhere quiet and either bussing into Como (or Bellagio), or taking one of the many ferries, that Torno was an optimal spot for maximum nature and tranquility. Villa Matilda is a restored castle with an insane view of the lake, and I spent my last night in my room drinking wine, watching a thunder storm.
The back entrance dumps you out onto Strada Regia, an ancient Roman road that leads up into the mountains (where the views are indescribably gorgeous). I hiked 6 different days, along the multitude of trails, and sometimes just around the car-free alleys of Torno, petting alley-cats
The owners of the Villa are incredibly detail-oriented, and so acomodating: they stock your fridge with breakfast items and even ask what sort of milk you prefer. This place is fist-class all the way, from the heated pool to the fact most units come with a washer AND dryer. Torno in general is just better value than the hectic, loud, super-touristy spots in Como proper. I couldn't imagine a better spot in Como!
My best friend and I needed a short and relaxing break and chose to go to Lake Como for a weekend away. Villa Matilda was the perfect solution. Tony was a wonderful host, picked us up from the train station, gave us local insight, provided a fantastic range of wines for us to choose from, set us up at a local restaurant for dinner. It was absolutely perfect. We will be back for sure. It was such a great experience and although short we felt relaxed and like we truly experienced Italian culture. Thanks Tony!