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Lake Como, Baby!

Happy Birthday to Me

Many Americans think of George Clooney when they hear of Lake Como, but the Romans first settled it in 196 BC. It has a long history of famous celebrities, politicians and wealthy people living and visiting its shores, and it is known as one of the most glamorous lakes in Italy.

For me, Lake Como is one of the most magical places on Earth. The combination of the mountains, the lake and the old, beautiful villas is breathtaking. The history is charming and inspiring, and it is the place where my love story with my husband sparked and grew, starting in 2011.

We have visited Lake Como every year (except 2020), sometimes twice. My husband proposed to me there, and we got married there—both under the Loggia at Villa del Balbianello. We have made wonderful, dear friends over the years and now are even lucky enough to have a small pied-a-terre there.

I’m sharing this with you because this is where I am today. It is my birthday this weekend, and after having postponed a major milestone birthday celebration last year, this was my wish. To come to this place that feeds my soul—with love, with friends, with wine, with food and with peace.

Sending you joy and smiles from Italy!

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