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Antica Officina B&B

TopBnB Excellent 9.5 / 10 (17 reviews)
Via Cavour, 8/12 - Mandello del Lario (LC) - Area: city center | Map
Codice identificativo: 09746-beb-00008 -cni-00061

Holiday House



Guests in this venue liked
  • Charming property
  • Abundant breakfast
  • In the city center
  • By the lake
  • Near the station
  • The design of the property
  • By the river
  • Cheap
  • Spectacular view
  • Near the metro
 In the heart of Mandello del Lario in a "banister's house"   (typical in Lombardy)  of sec.  XIX.  The structure consists of two units in common with a large courtyard. We offer 3 spacious bedrooms with private entrance and private bathroom. Our guests can enjoy the courtyard, with tables and cellar:  a large room with very typical vaulted ceiling and exposed stone walls, furnished with old furniture and a large table.

At a few tens of meters our guests can find all the facilities,  car parking, pharmacies,  banks, grocery,  supermarket,  bars,  pizzerias andrestaurants,   Laundry self servce open all day (50mt)
Area with park, lake shore and beach at 650 m Railway station at 350 meters Lake Navigation Station at 700 meters  Moto Guzzi museum at 400 mt.

Maximum availability to provide an accurate tourist information service and making available books,  guides and maps of our area.

At the ground floor of the house there is what remains of the workshop of the B&B owner’s granduncle, Giorgio Ripamonti called “Ferée” (Blacksmith in lombard dialect); the young Carlo Guzzi, passionate about mechanics and engines, often came in this workshop at the beginning of ‘900 and, after the 1st World War, in 1919, he designed a motorcycle prototype realising his dream with the help of granduncle Giorgio. Two years later, in March 1921, with his friend and partner Giorgio Parodi, Carlo Guzzi founded the Limited Company Moto Guzzi.

Accommodation and Rates
Please contact the host before booking if you are traveling with pets or use the "Pets allowed" filter in your search.
Bathroom: Private
  • Kitchenette
  • Historic House
  • Romantic Atmosphere
  • Parking
  • Free Wifi
  • Family
  • Business
  • Hair dryer
  • Heating
  • Ideal for trekking
  • Fireplace
  • Near cycle paths
  • Bicycles available
*Declared by the Innkeeper

Various information

  • Parking
  • Internet access
  • English speaker
  • French speaker

House features

  • Historic house
  • 19th century house
  • Recently restored house
  • Sharing areas available for guests
  • Panoramic location
  • Insured house

Air conditioning and heating systems of the house

  • Certified systems
  • Heating systems
  • Room temperature controller
  • Double glazing or solar panels

Electric system

  • Certified systems

Services of the house

  • Kitchenette
  • Terrace
  • Garage / parking

Facilities and services

  • Bicycle, boat, horses / sports equipment
  • Beaches

Location and surroundings

  • City centre
  • Archeologic area / near monuments
  • Near (within 10 mins) pubblic transports
  • Near (within 45 mins) train station / airport / port


  • Total number of accommodations: 4
  • Bathroom: Private

Size of rooms

  • Between 21 and 30 sqm

Bathroom facilities

  • Bath tub
  • Bathrooms restored in the last 5 years
  • Hair dryer
  • Monodose products

Room facilities

  • Children bed
  • Mirror or luggage case
  • Fridge
  • Internet connection or telephone


  • Historic furniture
  • Terrace / balcony
  • Desk / table and chairs
  • Sofa / armchairs

Cleaning services

  • Every 4 other days


  • Guides / maps / books available
  • Local events calendar
  • Guestbook
  • Shuttle service

Holiday themes - the place

  • Lake

Holiday themes - town size

  • Small town - between 5000 and 25000 in.

Holiday themes - area features

  • Near monuments
  • Cultural events and arts exhibitions
  • Wine and food attractions area
  • Local crafts
  • Historic centre
  • Shopping area
  • Near sports facilities
  • Gardens and landscapes

Holiday themes - house features

  • Historic house
  • Family
  • Business
  • Romantic atmosphere
Rich and diverse breakfast.

Hey from Giovanni

Member since February 2012 | 34,979 hits
Hello, honestly we don't know what to write.

We opened in the spring of 2012 following the success we had in the previous September, when we set up a museum exhibition in the workshop and courtyard, which are part of the family building complex.

My father's uncle is actually that GIORGIO RIPAMONTI in whose workshop CARLO GUZZI prepared his prototype called GUZZI-PARODI.

The workshop is still in existence and is part of the residential area.

To continue this initiative, we decided to try to open and manage this activity.

With the essential help of 2 friends, we renovated the premises and especially the cellar, of which we are proud.

On our friend's suggestion, we then chose this portal that I will never stop thanking!
What else to say; we like the place where we live, I hope it will also appeal to those who come to visit us.

We can't think of anything else right now, except for the quote from a verse of a dialect poet, Elio Cantoni from Olcio di Mandello, which goes like this:
"Regordi e nustalgia misciaa in dela mia ment, una dulza puesia lingera cume el vent"
(memories and nostalgia mixed in my mind, a sweet and light poem like the wind).
My calendar is updated
Response rate: High
Check-in from 2:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Check-out before 10:30 AM - If you're late you may be charged for an extra night
Area city center
The B&B is located in the center of Mandello del Lario and so the guests will find a few tens of meteers parkings, pharmacies, banks, grocers, minimarkets, bars, pizzerias, restaurants
Train Stations
*Distances As The Crow Flies
In The Surroundings
*Distances As The Crow Flies


Overall Rating 9.5 / 10
17 reviews
Property: 10 | Cleaning: 10 | Host: 10 | Location: 8 | Price/Quality: 9
The style of the 70s is very charming. The landlord is very friendly and helpful. The breakfast is very good, typical of the place and abundant. We really liked it and we will come back with pleasure. The only small downside is the parking situation. The street is very narrow and getting a parking space directly at the accommodation is difficult.
stayed from 05/15/2024 to 05/18/2024
Property: 10 | Cleaning: 10 | Host: 10 | Location: 10 | Price/Quality: 10
Having discovered this historic venue on a previous visit, it was a very special opportunity to spend a week there. A very characterful ambiance with excellent facilities right in the center of Mandello del Lario. Our hosts, Giovanni and Nena, took great care of us and immediately we felt welcome and had a lovely homely experience. Thanks for having us guys, we'll never forget our stay at the actual birthplace of the very first Moto Guzzi! Ciaooo!
stayed from 10/29/2022 to 10/30/2022
The answer from the host:
olaaa .ciaooo.we hope to see you soon.
Property: 10 | Cleaning: 10 | Host: 10 | Location: 10 | Price/Quality: 10
Our stay at the Antica Officina was fantastic. On arrival we were shown around by our hosts Gechi, Nina and of course Vida the dog, who were amazing throughout our stay: Gechi was incredibly friendly, funny and helpful for the entire duration. He recommended places to eat, nearby hikes and even invited us to cool off with beers in the nearby canal (a specialty of the Antica Officina) with some of the other visitors, who were also lovely. The room was great, with a kitchen and bathroom well equipped for our stay, and great at keeping us cool in the midday Italian heat. The bed was comfy, and overall there were plenty of options whether we wanted privacy in our room or to spend time with our amazing host and other guests. We would definitely stay again.
stayed from 07/15/2023 to 07/18/2023
The answer from the host:
olaaa..ciao and thank youuuu!!!
Property: 10 | Cleaning: 10 | Host: 10 | Location: 10 | Price/Quality: 10
This property is very historic in regard to the Moto Guzzi history. It's a truly timeless place, not only because of what the property represents in Moto Guzzi's rich history but also because none of the clocks are working and you don't know what time it is! Seriously Gechi is a hoot, Nena is great and Veda is a crazy sheep dog. I loved my stay and can't wait to return! Ciao for now - Keir from Australia.
stayed from 05/19/2023 to 06/09/2023
The answer from the host:
ola ..thank you ..ciaoo
Property: 10 | Cleaning: 10 | Host: 10 | Location: 10 | Price/Quality: 10
A simple yet clean accommodation and an absolute highlight for Moto Guzzi fans! The property has a traditional flair with lovely details. Carlo Guzzi and his motorcycle history linked to the host's ancestors are omnipresent. The hosts are absolutely friendly and open, and one immediately feels part of a motorcycle community consisting of hosts and interesting guests with lively exchange of experiences.
stayed from 05/31/2023 to 06/03/2023
Property: 9 | Cleaning: 9 | Host: 10 | Location: 9 | Price/Quality: 10
A very pleasant two-night stay and very good value for money. Very good welcome from the owners. Very good breakfast. Establishment recommended.
stayed from 05/28/2023 to 05/30/2023
The answer from the host:
ola merci beaucoup. ciaoo
Property: 10 | Cleaning: 10 | Host: 10 | Location: 10 | Price/Quality: 9
Great stay at Jacky's where you feel immersed in Guzzi's past and treated like family. Thank you for all this kindness, the great tips, and the excellent breakfast with the best eggs around Lake Como. It's so good to have havens of peace like these where you meet passionate and caring people! Thank you very much.
stayed from 05/17/2023 to 05/21/2023
The answer from the host:
ola merci a vous.ciaoo
Property: 9 | Cleaning: 9 | Host: 10 | Location: 9 | Price/Quality: 9
marlène rated this property but he didn't leave any comment
stayed from 04/18/2023 to 04/25/2023
Property: 8 | Cleaning: 7 | Host: 10 | Location: 8 | Price/Quality: 8
We really enjoyed chatting with Giovanni, our host, who received us with great kindness and served us an abundant breakfast. We also liked the place, the old Guzzi workshop, steeped in history. The Antica Officina is an authentic place, ideal to connect with the local life of Mandello and the people who live there.
stayed from 08/04/2022 to 08/07/2022
Property: 9 | Cleaning: 10 | Host: 10 | Location: 10 | Price/Quality: 10
Giovanni is very nice, unique welcome, extremely clean room and fantastic location. To try!
stayed from 08/02/2022 to 08/04/2022
Property: 10 | Cleaning: 10 | Host: 10 | Location: 10 | Price/Quality: 10
Wonderful, welcoming and very helpful owners. Excellent structure, typical and with a lot of history to tell, impeccable cleanliness. The structure is a few hundred meters from the lake, well served and easily reachable. Highly recommended!
stayed from 06/03/2022 to 06/05/2022
The answer from the host:
Property: 8 | Cleaning: 8 | Host: 10 | Location: 8 | Price/Quality: 10
Jackie, the owner, was an absolute diamond of a guy. Very welcoming and happy to share a beer and a chat.\n\nThe place also has a great history and lots of early Moto Guzzi memorabilia and historical information.\n\nIf you like Moto Guzzi and want a no frills accommodation and an excellent host for a great price, do consider this place for a few days stopover.
stayed from 09/11/2019 to 09/15/2019
Property: 7 | Cleaning: 7 | Host: 9 | Location: 8 | Price/Quality: 10
Very helpful. A small museum for art lovers. Recommended.
stayed from 07/07/2019 to 07/09/2019
Property: 10 | Cleaning: 10 | Host: 10 | Location: 10 | Price/Quality: 10
Probably the best place to stay in mandelo del lario if you own or are interested in Moto Guzzi motorcycles. The owner and family are extremely welcoming great breakfast and nothing is too much trouble. We arrived a day early and not a problem, one motorbike had a puncture not a problem took me to a friends garage and fixed in minutes for the price of a beer. I would recommend to anyone this B&B.
stayed from 08/31/2017 to 09/05/2017
Property: 8 | Cleaning: 9 | Host: 10 | Location: 9 | Price/Quality: 10
Personale gentilissimo.
stayed from 08/15/2016 to 08/18/2016
Property: 10 | Cleaning: 10 | Host: 10 | Location: 9 | Price/Quality: 9
Excellent Bed & Breakfast, the property is very typical and beautiful, roomsare spacious and very clean. It's not a modern house but if you're looking for a typical house it's the perfect place! Mandello del Lario is a nice little village, a good location because not so many tourists. Giovanni, the innkeeper is very friendly and gave good advices for restaurants in the village. We highly recommand this adress and we think about coming back!
stayed from 08/23/2015 to 08/25/2015
Property: 10 | Cleaning: 10 | Host: 10 | Location: 10 | Price/Quality: 10
My friend and I had a wonderful stay at this B&B. The property was well-placed (near train station and ferry port, and has a beach nearby) and the rooms were very clean and comfortable. The quality to price ratio was 2: 1 for us, so we told Gianni (the innkeeper) that we would gladly pay more next time. A couple of things to note: the breakfast was hearty but it's a traditional Italian breakfast of coffee, baked goods, and yogurt. If you're an American, don't expect there to be eggs and meat. But nevertheless, we were very full before we set out on our adventures in the morning. The other thing is that Mandello is accessible by train and ferry but not in the later hours. If you are going to stay here, email the inn and Gianni will help you figure out the timetables (like he did for us), since they are in Italian. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay at this inn. Gianni and his family were wonderful hosts (he's also extremely funny) and our room was large and spotless. We also really enjoyed being in Mandello because it was close to the water, but there were way less tourists than on the western side of Lake Como. You get a more local feel for the area, and Gianni will give you good recommendations for places to eat that are delicious and not too expensive. I would come stay here again, and recommend it to all my family and friends.
stayed from 07/12/2013 to 07/14/2013