Fifties Ferraris, Riva boats, beautiful people and spectacular villas
Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este
If there’s any car event that epitomises la dolce vita, it’s Villa d’Este. Fifties Ferraris, Riva boats, beautiful people and spectacular villas, against the picturesque Lake Como framed by snowcapped Alpine mountains. It’s just perfect. Despite its reputation as Europe’s Pebble Beach, the BMW Classic-sponsored concours isn’t huge, but the selection of cars and bikes is sublime, added to by the latest concepts from manufacturers, who take the competition for the Concept Car Best of Show extremely seriously. Classic classes this year include Hypercars of the 1990s, Cops and Robbers cars, and 1960s-’80s endurance racers. Entry to the Saturday concours is limited, but the same cars are shown at the equally beautiful Villa Erba on the Sunday. Why not also book a boat ride on the lake, stroll through Cernobbio town, sit in the lakeside cafés and generally relax? There’s no better place for it.