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EDITOR’S PICK


EDITOR’S PICK


Aspire editor Hollie-Rae Brader heads to


LakeComo – playground to the likes of George Clooney, Donatella Versace and Madonna – to see why this part of Italy is such a gem


“A few days here and you’ll feel like a movie star,” says my driver as we begin the short 30-minute journey from Malpensa airport to Lake Como. I laugh. Having just got off a red-eye flight


from Heathrow, I certainly wasn’t starting my trip embodying a celebrity. As we make our way north, the chaos of


the motorway gives way to quieter roads. We drive through the quaint town of Como, which lies at the southern tip of the lake and is just a 10-minute drive from my home for my long weekend – the historic house-turned-hotel CastaDiva Resort & Spa. I sit gawping out of the window at the


beautiful vistas around me: on one side, the deep-blue waters of the lake and the alpine forests that cover the mountains above; on the other, beautiful Italian villas and homes.


My driver takes a left turn and descends


down a thin, winding pathway, which eventually leads to the grand entrance of this 19th-century property. If arriving by car isn’t glam enough for you, there’s also a dock for water-taxi arrivals. Once the residence of opera singer and


muse Giuditta Pasta, CastaDiva is one of the lake’s grande dame hotels, with character by the bucket-load and the most awe-inspiring views across the lake. It’s also perfectly located – a stroll away


from the adorable village of Blevio and a short distance from the towns of Como and Bellagio. The property offers a complimentary shuttle service to Como and also offers boat excursions up the coast to Bellagio, for ¤85 per person. At the heart of the 75-room property is Villa


Roccabruna, the original home of the soprano, but there are also numerous newer buildings


¤ 40 — aspire september 2017


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