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Do you like cars? Well what about the idea of cars in a stunning location?

Last year some guests rented the apartment and mentioned that one thing they’d be doing, while staying on Lake Como, would be attending the Concorso d’Eleganza. This event, started in 1929 and revived in the 1990s brings together wonderful classic cars and contemporary concept cars. It’s held at Villa d’Este, one of Lake Como’s most impressive hotels, so even if you’re not that into cars, you have beautiful gardens and  buildings to explore. This year it takes place from the 20th-22nd of May.

Take a look at the website for more information and then check out our availability and if you visit it, we’d love to hear all about it.

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If you want to take part in some of the very Italian Christmas celebrations, get yourself to Piazza Duomo in Como on the 24th of December at 1600. Here you will see Santa Claus (Babbo Natale) arrive with presents for the children.

I’ve also mentioned La Befana. If you want to see her arrive (usually in spectacular style!) you’ll need to be in Piazza Duomo on January the 6th 2011 at 1600….and here’s a link to a video which really gives you a sense of being there!

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Some people ask us,  ‘what can you do around Lake Como in the Winter?’  thinking that it’s just a Summer resort.

Well, we came across this website link yesterday which pulls together lots of information about events around Lake Como over Christmas and New Year. There are Christmas markets, an dinner cruise on the lake on New Year’s Eve (Capodanno) and lots more.  It’s a nice place to come for a few days after a skiing trip.

One Festival not mentioned in that link is La Befana which I wrote about earlier this year. La Befana.

Apart from Christmas and New Year festivities there are other things to do in Winter. The Moto Guzzi museum is open every working day from 1500-1600 except during August and in Como there’s also the Silk museum. The Como area is famous for silk, and many shops in Como and Bellagio sell beautiful examples.

Como also has a lovely theatre, Teatro Sociale Como which has dance and opera throughout the year…today, 10th December it’s ballet..

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The beginning of August is a great time to be in Nesso. The village is humming with visitors and there are the celebrations for the village saint, San Lorenzo.

We were there last year and went to the village Sagra, which is on the Friday and Saturday evenings

The village is all decorated with ribbons

And lots of people lend a hand to make sure it goes with a swing….

And they certainly know a thing or two about dancing!

The fireworks took place on the Saturday evening. They’re launched from a barge in the middle of the lake and people come in their boats to watch. We watched if all after dinner from our next door neighbours’ terrace. It’s a quite a spectacle..


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Yesterday the annual cycle race Giro di Lombardia passed next to the church of Madonna del Ghisallo, who is the patron saint of cycling.  Not to put too fine a point on it, I gather she’s really the patron saint of “vulnerable travellers”, but somehow cyclists have adopted her as their own.

The church is filled with donations of bikes from famous cycling champions and well worth a visit if you are in the area of Bellagio.

There’s a cycling museum next door too, which is huge and cleverly designed.  Worth a look if you’re a cycling or architecture fan, but bear in mind there’s an entrance fee.

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There are lots of local festivals around the Lake Como area, some local and some national. January 6th saw about 5,000 people gathered in Piazza Duomo, in Como for the festival of La Befana. La Befana is the Christmas witch who brings presents to the children. The story is that when the 3 Wise Men were travelling to take their gifts to the new born Jesus, they stopped at the house of an old lady to ask the way. She didn’t know but they suggested she join them on the journey. She said that she was too busy doing housework, but after they’d left she changed her mind and tried to catch up. She couldn’t find them, but stopped and gave a gift to every small child that she met, hoping that one was Jesus.
So now Italian children leave stocking for their gifts the night before January 6th. In Como this year, La Befana was aided by the local Fire Brigade, who had set up cables for her to make her entrance from the tower of the Broletto building. (Broletto is next to the cathedral (Duomo) and goes back to 1215.

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