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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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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.

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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…

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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…

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…..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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