We pack the bags, load up the cars, and dump the trash - mostly empty wine bottles! We say goodbye to our country homes and we get ready for a 5-1/2 hour drive across Italy. But first, coffee in Mercatale and a stop at the Bancomat and the gas station. We enjoy our last country cappuccino and pastry and strategize our routes and car order and we are off. Now my adventurous drivers usually set their pin on Google Maps and take off on their own - this year was no different. Four of my eight cars took off and three others stayed close and followed me.
We check in and my office manager, Evelyn Jung, who puts this whole amazing trip together each year, had arranged an arrival cocktail on the terrace bar for 6:30 pm. So now the transformation was on. From the casualness of Umbria to the chic style and elegance of Lake Como! Well we all pulled it off. Now we were sipping Belini's on the terrace and enjoying the sunset over the lake while the near full moon slowly rose over the majestic hills of Como! My travelers were now totally mesmerized and transported again to another setting and another adventure in this dream through Italy.
What was nice for Isabel and me, this was our final stop on last year's trip where we sprung on our travelers our surprise wedding here at the Villa. Candelaria Italian Wedding So now we could relax and relive this magical experience one more time.
With the welcome cocktails completed we were all off on our own destinations for the evening. Some had dinner at the hotel as did Isabel and I, others went up the hill the to Gato Negro for dinner, and some stayed on the terrace and enjoyed the evening. Our final leg of our Italian journey was underway.