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Villa Torretta
Ranked #2 of 12 Varenna B&B and Inns
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Prince Albert, Canada
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful!”
Reviewed 25 August 2013

This was our first visit to the gorgeous Varenna on Lake Como. Laura was a lovely hostess. She knew that we would love the room we booked and we did! Our room was perfect like in a movie. Laura was very helpful emailing with me as I arranged travel to get there. We are grateful for that. Our room had its own balcony that overlooked the lake and we watched the ferries come and go a short distance away. It was very hot when when we were there in early August and air conditioning would have been nice but we didn't care. Breakfast was enough for us in the morning. Meats, cheeses, cereal, rolls,orange juice and coffee were all we needed.
Loved Varenna and loved the Villa Torretta. Thanks Laura. It is our hope to return one day. We will want room # 8 again!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Austin, Texas, United States
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

We were fortunate to visit Varenna in April, 2013. Based on another traveler's review of Room 8 at the lovely Villa Torretta, this was our home there for 3 nights. The Villa is lake front, at the ferry landing, which proved to be very convenient. We enjoyed sipping wine in the evening on the very large lake front balcony. The room is large, clean, comfy with an adjoining very large private bathroom. The Villa was sold out, so when our friends hopped on the trip, they were booked into a room in the sister hotel - Hotel Olivedo, next door, where the restaurant is located. We highly recommend either building for your stay. The owner, Laura, who is onsight pretty much 24/7 is very sweet & super accomodating. She helped us organize our day trips to other lake areas , by ferry. She is very knowledgeable with planning day trips, and just about everything else! Kathie & Jay F., Austin, Tx.

Room Tip: Varenna makes a great Lake Como base. By ferry, it's easy to explore other fun places, like Bel...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington, Usa
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Reviewed 6 August 2013

I've been to Varenna many times and this is the first time that I've stayed at Villa Torretta. Laura couldn't have been a lovelier hostess. She was ever-so-patient with my Italiano, even though she speaks perfect English! I loved staying in the Villa- it is above the passerella, right near the ferry landing. I would definitely stay here again and hope that you will consider it as well!

Room Tip: We stayed in Room #4- a must if it is hot b/c it faces the lake and the other windows face north. V...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Florence, Italy
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

I had the good fortune of staying at Villa Torretta recently and I could not believe my eyes when I entered the hall and then the room. It felt like stepping into a movie from the late 1920s.The only thing missing was a lady playing the piano in the corner. The room was huge! the view impressive, the terrace a place you never wanted to leave. Staying here while on Lake Como made my stay much more pleasant than I had imagined it could be. It was like being in a fairy tale. I loved it.

Room Tip: When booking you could ask for a balcony or a view.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Las Cruces, New Mexico USA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2013

This was our third stay at the Villa Torretta, and it was even better than before. We brought 4 of our family members with us, so we took the entire 2nd floor, 3 rooms. Each room was different, but each lovely! New mattresses were in each room -- very comfortable, and large enough to sprawl out and be comfortable, even sharing a bed with my daughter who's 5'10"! Our balcony opened to a beautiful view of the lake and the village of Menaggio across, and the Swiss Alps beyond that. What more could you ask for?? Anytime we were in our room, the doors to the balcony were open! (Okay -- we closed them just before bed!) The bathroom was very modern and clean -- double sinks, even, complete with a great glass-enclosed shower and a bidet. My two 18-year-olds loved it, enjoying sleeping in every morning possible. Also -- there's lots of storage in the room for clothing, so you can actually unpack and "move in." Renatta takes excellent care of us, cleaning and keeping our rooms cozy and bright. Laura and Christian are always friendly and helpful to us in whatever way we needed. When we return -- and we will -- and hope to bring friends! -- we'll book far in advance to be certain that Villa Torretta is where we'll stay.

Room Tip: Any room from Villa Torretta is good -- all have excellent & elevated views of Lake Como.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2013

Hotel Torretta is in a good location near train station, ferries and a nice view of the harbor. It was amazing to wake up every morning to the mountain and lake views! We had the upstairs room to the far left, no balcony but windows on both sides for a good cross breeze (June). The room was small but adequate, bathroom was large. Downstairs sitting areas were very comfortable and nice also outdoors sitting areas were nice, one with table and chairs and a nice grassy area. Breakfast was meats and cheese, bread, croissants, cereal, and coffee, juice. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Burbank, California
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Reviewed 26 June 2013

We were a group of 7, and we stayed at the Villa for 2 nights. My husband and I had the room on the end without the balcony. It was small, but was comfortable, cean and had three windows that we can open for a nice breeze. We were there in mid June, so the weather was getting warm and humid. There was no way that you can sleep comfortably with all the windows shut. So leaving them open at night is a must, but cause two problems - 1.) the noise - it seemed that tourists were coming home at all hours (after midnight) and the early morning ferry and / or trash truck (that comes at 4:30 AM). 2.) the bugs - There are no screens on the windows, so the bugs in summer are going to have a field day. I would recommend keeping your windows closed until lights are off, then in the dark, open up the windows for air.

We had lunch there on our first day and breakfast on our first morning. The food was simple, fresh and good. Think of it as more of a continental breakfast. The coffee in the morning was wonderful and made to order. They even brewed me a small pot of De-caf coffee that was one of the best De-caf coffees I've ever had.

The only other issue is that there are a lot of stairs to haul your luggage up and down, so pack light.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Villa Torretta
Address: Via Largo Enzo Venini, 6, 23829 Varenna, Italy
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Region: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Varenna
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Varenna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Little lovely villa, 19th-century, on the edge of lake. All 3 rooms en-suite with great lake view and balcony. Lovely little garden with table and chairs to enjoy the view of the lake.Laura and Mamma are there to welcome you! ... more   less 
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