Torno is a beautiful lakeside village which is situated approximately 5km northeast of Como en-route to Bellagio and looks across the lake to Moltrasio. The village of Torno was particularly famous for its booming textile trade between the 1300’s and 1600’s; wool and tapestries in particular.
As with many of the towns and villages in Lake Como, Torno is steeped in history and nearly all of the textile trade was destroyed when the Spanish invaded in the 1500s. You can see remnants of medieval fortifications; parts of the castle wall are still visible.
One of the sights you can see near Torno is the Massi Avelli which you can reach by following the red arrow signs to the “strada regia” and then you will see signs for Molina and Piazzaga/Massi Avelli. From here follow the mule tracks and when you reach the stone bridge keep to the left and this will eventually lead you to the “massi avelli” which are a mass of erratic boulders which signify graved tombs. From here you can go onwards to Piazzaga where you can relax and have a bite to eat from the Crotto which serves traditional rustic Italian food.
In order to see the well known “pietra pendula” which is a hanging stone balanced on a rock, you need to climb up Monte Piatto from where you have some spectacular views across the lake.