Lake View Apartment In Historic Castle In Torno
About Tony Cardinali
We are Shirley and Tony Cardinali from the USA. We are seasoned international travelers with over 8 million miles actually flown and 7400 hotel nights around the world.. We have set up several businesses in over 38 countries world wide, in particular in Italy. We are lovers of International food & wine, Italian Culture & History and would love to share our unique life experiences with our guests. Tony also has the pleasure of serving as the Miami president of the Dante Aligheri Italian Culture Society We had a dream to create a luxurious vacation property for International Travellers. We fell in love with Villa Matilda in the lake side village of Torno on Lake Como. The locals call it “Il Castello” as it was originally a fortified castle tower. We have lovingly restored this castle, with luxurious and antique fittings, for a unique vacation on Lake Como.
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Phenomenal Getaway with Outstanding View!
We couldn't have been more pleased with our vacation accommodation! Villa Matilda met all of our expectations and more. Our two-bedroom/two-bath residence was more than adequate for our two teenage sons and us. The unit was very tastefully decorated according to traditional Italian style with every amenity we needed. Mind you, this is an old and beautifully restored property with lots of unique details but has every modern convenience. Upon arrival, our kitchen was stocked with all of the necessities to have a complete dinner and breakfast before figuring out where the closest grocery was located. Our host, Tony, was most accommodating upon arrival showing us where to park (this can be very tricky in this very popular destination) and taking us and our luggage up to the house. He gave us a tour of the entire property, shared ideas for local activities and restaurants and was easily accessible. We did not use our rental car very often but used the ferry system to make our way to various destinations around the lake. Local pharmacy, grocery store, gelateria, and restaurants are wonderful, they are less than a ten-minute walk to the upper town and a little bit longer to the lower town. Beware that everything in town is done on foot and that there are lots of steps and narrow passageways to traverse. Wear comfortable shoes! The view of Lake Como from our unit was simply stunning. We hope to return!
Beautiful apartment in an idyllic location.
We had a fantastic stay and would recommend this apartment to anybody looking for a well equipped character property with stunning lakeside views and pool that is a short walking distance to restaurants also. We especially appreciated the poolside kitchen and honesty bar and the warm welcome by Viviana.
Amazing Property and Amazing Hosts
Let me start by saying we have stayed in a number of Homeaway properties around the world. We have been very lucky to have fantastic experiences and some great hosts, some more involved in our stay than others. We selected this property based on the incredible uniqueness of the property, the location which we wanted to get to know, and the many great reviews. We were not disappointed.
From the beginning Tony was checking in to see what we might want stocked in the apartment, he offered to pick us up from the airport (which we did, and paid him for this service), and asked for things we wanted to do and provided excellent options. He even tracked down some turkey (not easy in Italy) for us to cook a "Thanksgiving" dinner since we were there over the Thanksgiving weekend (obviously Americans).
He and Shirley were incredible hosts. They ended up picking up our daughter who was training in from Umbria and was delayed, driving us to a location to pick up a hike, and even picking us up in Bellagio when we got delayed due to limited ferry schedules, and were at risk of missing a train out of Como. This went WAY above and beyond in our experience.
The property itself is incredible. They have spared no expense in renovating this historic structure. I have renovated several properties (one historic) and was very impressed with the quality and attention to detail. We had every comfort of home with the added benefit of the unbelievable views over the lake below. While we were here in the winter, I can only imagine what it's like in the summer with your own pool (extremely rare in Lake Como). The floors in our apartment were a combination of locally mined stone set in a herringbone pattern, or intricately carved wood floors. Bathrooms were roomy with some fun design elements. The kitchen was fully functional with a dishwasher. For those of you considering longer stays, this comes with a brand new washer and dryer (extremely rare in Italy).
Setting aside the beautiful property and wonderful hosts. The town of Torno was a quaint and inviting smaller town on Lake Como. It has easy ferry service to Como (25-30 minutes), and from there you can get to spots further north on the lake (e.g. Bellagio, Tremezzo). We had a great meal right across the street our first night looking out over the lake. The lower piazza is a great spot, and again, during spring, summer, and probably even fall, I'm sure it's great.
Clearly I'm a big fan.
Perfection! Incredible view, wonderful property, charming hosts
Of all the many places we've stayed around the world, this is absolutely the one we least wanted to leave.
We arrived by car having stayed previously in Austria and Germany and for those thinking of hiring a car to arrive at Como, my advice would be get a small one! The roads are narrow, although we were able to drive the hired Mercedes E-Class there with a little caution. The entrance to Villa Matilda is a gate and tunnel through rock in the side of the mountain and is quite tight, so would be much easier in a small car. Driving up to the Villa we were greeted by Viviana, who looks after the Villa when the owners are away. Viviana spoke perfect English and was incredibly charming and helpful throughout our stay. After unloading we were able to leave the car in secure parking at another property the other side of the road.
The grounds of the villa overlook the lake in a panoramic view and have beautifull plants, trees and a wonderful pool. There is also a barbecue that we used once and outside dining tables. The pool area also has the best equipped pool kitchen/dining area that we've ever had. There was a full kitchen with ice machine and everything one could desire just for use of the residents at the pool. This was really well thought out vision from the owner.
The suite itself was beautiful with perfect lake views from the kitchen, lounge and the smaller bedroom. A fully equipped kitchen and laundry room is a real bonus on holiday. The smaller bedroom which is upstairs is incredibly cute and has amazing views of the lake and it was loved by the children.
The terrace though is the star - magnificent. Full high-level panoramic views of the lake at night whilst enjoying an evening drink are memories that will never fade and that we will almost certainly come back to again.
Torno itself is very quaint and quiet and there is a gate at the end of the garden from which it is possible to walk to the shop and restaurants through a series of quirky tiny roman passages between the houses, to avoid using the road through Torno. This leads easily to the ferries or the lake-front restaurants (I have reviewed a couple in Torno elsewhere on Trip Advisor - the Albergo Ristorante Vapore being a highlight).
Quite simply the combination of location, property and hospitality is probably the best we've had anywhere in the world and would have cost at least 5x as much to get at the Villa D'Este.
Beat all expectations
What a fantastic place to stay. Convenient to all on lake como. Host Tony went above and beyond to make our stay over the top and was available for anything we needed. The heated pool was icing on the cake and the rooms and views where spectacular. We certainly felt
like royalty in this castle. If we go back we will be going there again.
Craig and family:
It was a pleasure meeting and hosting you. We hope to see you again in the future.
Tony & Shirley
Tony and Shirley are great hosts! They were available for our questions, touring advice as well as great restaurant recommendations. The apartment is beautiful, very well appointed, quiet, clean, comfortable and close to great restaurants, gelato and the boat launch for Lake Como. We enjoyed sitting out on the balcony with a glass of wine and some lunch. We even used the pool for a day which was a great way to relax and rewind after a busy 2 weeks touring Rome and Florence. Lots of great hikes as well as gardens to explore from Torno which we have saved for our next trip. Would definitely recommend this apartment to all travelling to the Como region.
Thank you so much for your kind comments and we look forward to hosting you again.
Tony & Shirley