Torno Travel Guide

  • Torno harbour
    Torno harbour
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  • Santa Tecla by the harbour
    Santa Tecla by the harbour
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  • Santa Tecla's rose window
    Santa Tecla's rose window
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Torno Things to Do

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    by leics Written Feb 26, 2011

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    Why? Because it's much the same as it always has been, and will give you an idea of what life was like in these lake villages long before tourism was thought of.

    The narrow winding alleyways and stepped, cobbled streets meander up the hillside from the harbour. There are hidden courtyards, and little gardens, and the occasional glimpse of a building which is much older than its present exterior suggests.

    Take some time to explore. You are bound to find something to repay your efforts.

    Narrow streets.... ...and stepped cobbles........ The harbourside........ ..and alleyways leading upwards....
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    The church of San Giovanni is high above the older part of Torno, gazing out across the waters of Lake Como (lovely views from the graveyard).

    It's a very ancient church, originally dating from 1100s but reconstructed in the 1300s, with Romanesque bell towers. Spend some time looking at the carvings on its exterior: although well-worn (not surprising after 600 years or so) they are nevertheless fascinating examples of the craftsmen's skill.

    Inside you'll see some rather wonderful Medieval frescoes, some of which are attributed to Bartolomeo de Benzi (late 1400s) who also painted some of the frescoes in Santa Tecla. The light was simply too poor for me to photograph most of them (I won't use flash because it damages ancient artwork) but I did manage to take one good photo.

    San Giovanni Medieval fresco Exterior carvings View from the graveyard
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    by leics Written Feb 26, 2011

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    You can't miss this ancient church; it's right by the harbourside.

    Santa Tecla dates from the 1400s, with a rather lovely rose window, but was enlarged and restored in the 1700s. It's interior reflects that later recreation , but recent restorations have uncovered some Medieval frescoes so it is worth entering to see those.

    I can find out little more of the church's history, but do look round the back as you walk up into Torno itself. You'll see some classic early Medieval windows.

    Santa Tecla's rose window Interior Medieval fresco Medieval fresco Early Medieval window
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Torno Restaurants

  • by labruja Written Dec 10, 2011

    On a walk from Torno to Montepiatto and Piazzaga. we stumbled upon the Crotto Piazzaga. The food was very tasty, delicious wine and coffee, home made liqueur and to top it all off the scenic views and warm hospitality made for an amazing day.

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  • by gio46 Written Jun 10, 2011

    the place is amaizing, after a short walk we arrived in this small but nice place. The owners are very nice , the food is really delicius.

    Favorite Dish: tagliatelle with a delicius gorgonzola souce is my favourite dish.

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  • by savemeberry Written Jun 6, 2011

    The place is amaizing witha wonderful lake view. Just half hour walking in a beautiful place, the small Restaurant ( call here Crotto ) is nice, the owners are really friendly , the food is deliciusus and every things is home made. They also have a garden close to the restaurant and you can see the veggies there!

    Favorite Dish: My favourite dish in Pizzoccheri, some kind of home made dark pasta with some special cheese and vegetables.

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