We spent a week in early May, 2017, in the Michelangelo apartment in Villa Matilda, and enjoyed our stay very much.
The layout of the apartment is a little different, so I'll walk through the arrangement, as best I can. It is spread out on multiple levels, but how they are connected is not obvious from the photos.
The apartment is on the top of the Villa, and is accessed by a lift, as Floor 5. Once off the lift, the front door is ahead, and does not require stairs. However, getting to some areas of the apartment does require using some stairs.
Through the front door is the main living area, which is made up of the living room, the kitchen / dining area, the main bedroom and the main bathroom, which has a tub with hand shower, and a laundry area. There is a staircase, in a foyer between the main bedroom and the main bathroom, leading up to another floor, above the main bathroom. Upstairs is another full bathroom, with a shower stall. Both bathrooms are well appointed, each with a bidet. Passing by the upstairs bathroom leads to a small staircase leading to the uppermost room on the villa, which is a loft with windows on all walls and two day-beds / beds. The view from that room is amazing. There is a laundry room off the foyer area of the living room, with washer, dryer and sink. If you pass through the front door of the apartment, as if going to the elevator, which is slightly left, you can, instead, proceed straight ahead and up a four (I believe,) stairs to a metal door, which opens onto a private, rooftop terrace. Tiled, with a rectangluar table and chairs and two chaise lounges, it is a lovely place for sunning or dining, and the views are amazing.
The apartment is spacious, comfortable, well appointed and charming. Seating in the living area was formal but cushiony, and there is a large, flatscreen TV, with SKY network, showing programming in multiple languages.
The main bed was comfortable, as well, and the bedding was of high quality and clean. There is a chest of drawers and an armoire, if you choose to unpack, and there is an over-door heat pump / ac for adjusting the temperature in the bedroom to your liking. There are shutters on the window in the main bedroom, which opens onto the back of the house, which can be closed, along with curtains. The result is a quiet, dark environment ideal for sleeping.
Things we particularly enjoyed:
We loved sitting on the terrace, in the late afternoon, and sharing a bottle of wine and enjoying the beautiful view of Lake Como. We enjoyed our meals, eaten sitting at the bar-like table along the windows in the kitchen. Again, the views of the Lake from those windows changed each day, sometimes during the day, so that we had a constantly evolving canvas of landscape beauty before us.
We enjoyed exploring the ancient Roman roads of Torno, one of which (the Strada Regina,) passes behind the villa. That road connects with others creating a network of beautiful, historic, attractive pathways through which we could enjoy the village. We tried many routes, never passing the same way twice to the market or the shops or the waterfront. There are long routes, we found, which lead to other villages / towns, so hiking is easy and entertaining.
There are easily accessible ships which stop in Torno, at the waterfront, which can be used to travel across and up or down the lake. Some are slower, and are convenient for getting across the lake, which may take 10 minutes by boat, if you go straight across, but which would take an hour by car. Some boats are fast, and us hydrofoil or other technology to zip you longer distances up or down. There are boat rentals across the lake; one of the best is straight across, Nettuno di Aquilini Nicolo, on the waterfront in Moltrasio. Cross over on the ferry from Torno, walk the short distance south to the cluster of buildings where Nettuno is located, make your arrangement and then go upstairs to Ristorante La Baia di Moltrasio for lunch, before heading out.
We enjoyed Tony and his wife, Shirley, who were gracious and accommodating hosts. They went the extra mile to make sure we were happy, and we appreciated their attention and efforts.
Thing we didn't enjoy:
Driving on the roads was stressful, particularly the route between Torno and Bellagio, due to the very narrow roads with no shoulder, where stone walls or cliff-edifices protruded into the roadway. I recommend the boat, if you want to go to Bellagio. As for driving in general; if you live in the USA, and if you intend to drive, rent a smaller car than you think you want, practice driving close to objects on the right (less than 12",) and watch your speed; they employ speed cameras.