This year for my 30th Birthday I decided to do something very special so I got together my best friends from all over Europe and we went to Como Lake in Italy. We started from the city of fashion and style- Milano. There my friend Laura took us to a place with a traditional aperitif, which basically means having a cocktail and you get food for free. We went to a very nice place- Terrazza 12 with amazing view on the cathedral and the city. The drinks are quite pricy-12e but the view is worth it.
After that we went for a party in Just Cavali. The entrance is expensive its 30e but if you put your name on the list you will pay 20e and one drink is included. The cocktails are 10e and don’t order Mojito (they put more ice than alcohol) so I would recommend either smuggle in some small bottle in your bag or crash a private party;) as we did. You should definitely try the famous cocktail from Milano with ginger. The music is commercial and the place is full of models and designers but it’s definitely a great atmosphere and the club is outdoor, which is great cause you don’t sweat and you don’t stink of cigarettes as normally in clubs.
Magical Place- Como Lake
After Milano we finally hit the road and we went to the lake of Como, which is only over one hour ride from Milano. Our destination was Menaggio. We rented airbnb for 180e for two days for five people. The apartment was amazing, we had a terrace with the view on the lake where we had the morning coffee. Thanks to my very creative friend Kasia who managed to find wood we even made the fire in the fire place. The evenings were quite chilly so with the glass of wine it was really perfect.
On our first day we went to see Villa Carlotta in Tremezzina. The villa was built in 18th century and its surrounded by magical garden with steps, fountains and sculptures. We spent there over three hours just admiring the gardens and the views
Our next stop was lunch at the lake at Ristorante Azalea, where we had delicious risotto and pasta. For my Birthday the girls surprised me with amazing speed boat tour around the Lake. (It seems like a tradition now I am celebrating my birthday on a boat;). We were admiring beautiful villas of Versace, Guinness and many others. We finally got to Bellagio, another beautiful village at the lake, where we did a quick shopping and tried some Italian ice cream.
At the end of the day we went to try some wine and cheese and the Wine Bar- Cantina Follie in Tremezzo. It is quite well hidden so you need to climb some stairs before you get there. The place is adorable, they have thousands sorts of wine to choose from and you can order plate of wine and cheese for as many people as you want and 3 or 4 or 5 glassed of wine to taste. The atmosphere is really nice and the service is excellent, our waiter Matteo was very helpful and patient with all our requests. We even got a special discount for the Birthday. It is definitely a place where I would come back one day.
Coffee with George
You can not go to Como Lake and not go to see George Clooney Villa. So on our last day we decided to surprise him and have a nesspresso. Unfortunately when we got to the Villa- Oleandra he was not there so we took some pictures of the villa and hit the road to have our last lunch in Cernobbio with another amazing view on the lake. And finally we all got our planes to go back to our homes (well some people liked it so much that they almost lost their plane;)
I would highly recommend Como Lake to anyone who likes nature, the views are amazing, people are very friendly and food and wine is delicious. There are some places that I visited and I would say they are very beautiful but I have seen them once and its enough but not with Como Lake. This is a place where I would come back many times in my life. So if you have not been there book your flight, pack your bag and go to Como, you wont’ regret.And if you want to go there to celebrate your birthday even better. For me it was the best Birthday I could ever imagine!