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This is an extract of a great article I found this morning on La Repubblica, one of the most read Italian Newspaper. The article is by Giovanni N. Ciullo

“It is like being at the center of the world with its villas reminiscent of One Thousand and One Nights, golf and windsurfing, the Campione and Lugano casinos from just beyond the mountains, Milan’s shopping and nightlife only an hour away, and a wealth of Hollywood A-listers (obviously like George Clooney, but many others as well).

Welcome to Lario Lake. Or rather, Lake Como and its 109-mile perimeter, shaped like an upside-down Y, vaunting an unrivalled draw for tourists. A place where it is not uncommon to chance upon young newlyweds with friends and relatives. In fact, Villa Balbaniello is one of the most sought- after wedding venues in the world (with 120 “yeses” just last year alone). It is surely appealing also because of the idea that this is the lake of the stars. Julia Roberts and Brooke Shields were seen there this year and Brangelina and the Beckhams make regular visits, as do Tom Cruise and Elton John. Yet it goes without saying – a major part of this new wave is owed to George Clooney, since he bought Villa Oleandra for his vacations’………

……’ The not-to-be-missed lunch spot is on Comacina Island, the only island on the lake, with its artists` homes and the Locanda (comacina.it), where the menu has not changed in half a century (and chef Benvenuto welcomes you with his stories). After, we leave for the pearl of the lake: Bellagio, the flawless pinnacle of the two branches. A quick stop at the San Giacomo Church, a spin around the gardens of Villa Melzi and the quaint museum in the citrus greenhouse, and then a climb up to Villa Serbelloni, home to the Rockefeller Foundation (and hence international meetings and conventions).’ ………

….. and ‘ If you plan to dine at the Michelin-starred Tigli in Theoria or La Colombetta, in Via Diaz, the restaurant that occupies first place on Tripadvisor (where George Clooney took Amal, then his fiancé, and her parents to before the wedding), the best place to stay is the Sheraton Lake Como Hotel (sheratonlakecomo. com). Just renovated, the pool and restaurants are open to outside guests as well. It is in a strategic location, just over a mile from the city center.} And even fewer to Villa Erba in Cernobbio. Once the residence of the Erba and Visconti of Modrone families, it is now an exhibition and convention center, a true point of reference on the lake (villaerba.it).’

Should you wish to get married in this amazing Italian location, get in touch with us. At Roberta Sabbatini’s Weddings we know how to organise your perfect and most important day of your life.