Archive for November, 2009

Although the traditional season for Lake Como runs from about March to September/October it is very beautiful all the year round, although many attraction are closed out of season. If you just want an Italian getaway or fancy some walking high above the lake do consider coming outwith the traditional holiday time.

There’s a lovely route marked walk that goes along the ridge, all the way from Como to Bellagio. with great views. I’ll be putting the details either on the website or the blog in the not too distant future. You could easily split it up into sections and walk down to the road to catch the bus back to Nesso at the end of the day. We think that it would make a great Lake Como walking holiday, especially out of the main season, when the weather is cooler….
I’ll finish with a picture I took in November 2006. It’s up by the cyclists church (Madonna del Ghisallo, an amazing place, full of bicyles, photos etc) and the cycling museum which is at height of 754 metres.

View from Madonna del Ghisallo – Nov 2006.

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Just a quick post about the running times for the previously mentioned cable car (Family Holiday) , and also the ferry that stops in Nesso.
The cable car runs all the year round connecting Argegno and Pigra. In Summer the last run is 1900 (7pm) and in Winter, it’s earlier at 1700 (5pm) It goes every half an hour, except between 1200 & 1400 when it stops for a nice Italian lunch break! (NB at the moment (Jan 2011) it is closed for renovation and they hope it will open again in May 2011. Latest post)


…and just look at the views you get as you go up!

The ferry stop in Nesso is a 10 minute walk from the apartment and you can find a link to the ferry company website (with timetables) here
However it’s important to note that the ferry doesn’t call in Nesso from about the beginning of October (this year the last day was the 4th) until just before Easter. In 2010 it starts again on March 29th.
The good news is that you can still use ferry to get around Lake Como during those months, you’ll just need to get the bus or drive to Torno or Bellagio (for more options) so you can still visit Argegno (for the Pigra cable car), Lenno (for Villa Balbianello, where some filming for Star Wars took place), Menaggio etc. by ferry.


The Nesso ferry stop, taken from the apartment window.

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As the big news today is that David Beckham is going back to AC Milan on loan in January, it can’t be long before he’s linked to Lake Como again. Apparently George Clooney let him stay at his lakeside villa in Laglio when he was playing in Milan last season. I took this picture of George’s place from across the lake this summer.


Villa Oleandra

And earlier this year David Beckham almost escaped unnoticed when he popped into a bicycle shop in Como to buy for his children. The owner didn’t recognise him, thinking he was just another AC Milan fan, and it was only someone passing who gave the game away.
It’s a standard question from people ‘So have you seen George Clooney?’ My partner saw him a few years ago with Matt Damon and we have friends who live in the village of Laglio who have a letter from him; he wrote to all the people in the village about an issue with some planning nearby. He spends a lot of time around Lake Como and has been there with his girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis. Someone else I spoke to recently was in Bellagio, when they saw a helicopter taking off from one of the hotels. When they asked about it, they were told it was Cindy Crawford and her husband on their way to George’s place.
There’s quite a roll call of famous names around the Lake Como, the most recent being Louis Walsh from the X-Factor. It was reported earlier in the year that he’d bought a £1.9 million villa quite near George Clooney. He then brought groups Miss Frank, Kandy Rain and John and Edward Grimes (they’re still in it??) out to the Lake, but it wasn’t to his own villa. The amazing place that you saw on the TV is in fact Richard Branson’s and claimed to be worth 75 million Euro and is rented out for £140,000 a week…


That X Factor Dream…..

and Louis’s not quite in that league just yet. It’s on the same penninsular as Villa Balbianello which was used for scenes in the James Bond movie, Casino Royale and also in Star Wars; Attack of the Clones.
It is such a beautiful location, it’s not surprising that those who have the money to spend, Sting, the ‘lovely’ Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary, Muse front man Matt Bellamy (their latest album, The Resistance, was recorded there) and the highly dubious Silvio Berlusconi, spend it on a Lake Como property. And otheres choose to holiday there, Liam Gallagher and Nicole Appleton stayed at Villa d’Este after his departure from Oasis.
However the lake area is one of simple pleasures and you don’t need a fortune to stay there. Most of Nesso’s permanent residents are builders, decorators, bank workers etc.
So finally I’ll include the gratuitous images of David Beckham and George Clooney….I knew that you’d be disappointed if I didn’t…


…..and of course if I do spot either of them in the Lake Como area, I’ll be right back to tell you!

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