Lake Como – A whirlwind romance

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My Verve Rally dash around continental Europe in September 2016 led to so many alluring discoveries, but I left a piece of my heart in Lake Como. Let me tell you more of our whirlwind romance.

Our convoy swept into Como in the late afternoon sunshine, just as I was mourning the end of an amazing day driving along the Cote d’Azur, from Nice.

We had clung to the edge of the ocean, passing along winding roads through the coastal villages of the French Riviera, a million miles it seemed from the glitz and glamour of our previous two nights exploring the bars and casinos of Monaco and partying on the beach in Cannes.

A glorious late summer day, the views had been spectacular from my open roofed convertible. The senses were stimulated by sights, sounds and smells.

Yet as we wound our way through the narrow streets I couldn’t fail to be seduced by the charm of this historic Italian town.

We arrived at our hotel with just enough time to freshen up and gather once again on the lakeside terrace, to find we would spend the early evening discovering Lake Como by boat.

Always uplifted to be on the water, I was in my element, the cooling breeze tempering the still warm sun as it set over the mountains, glimmering on the water as it went.

Our knowledgeable local guide and boat driver was generous with his stories as he pointed out the stunning lakeside villas of the rich and famous, nestled into the green and sloping banks. Summer homes with style for the likes of George Clooney, Richard Branson, Madonna and Donatella Versace, to name but a few.

All too soon we returned to the pontoon at our hotel and made our way back to the comfort of our beautiful rooms, still able to admire the beauty of the lake from the balcony as we prepared for our evening gathering.

Excitedly chattering over dinner we took a moment to recognise how lucky we were to have spent another gloriously indulgent day of discovery together, sharing our personal observations and expressing our gratitude for all that we had experienced.

And there could be no better setting than on the lakeside terrace, dimly lit by candles and discreet, understated lighting to raise a glass of bubbly to the beauty of the day we had shared, as we got to know each other a little more over a delicious Italian dinner.

After a peaceful night’s sleep we met for breakfast in the hotel courtyard, enjoying continental delights as the morning sun warmed us to what the day ahead would hold.

And our hosts from Verve Rally, revealed yet another surprise for us. We would visit the iconic Villa d’Este Hotel we had seen from the water the previous evening - majestically set back from the water’s edge, our curiosity had been piqued and we were full of anticipation.

And what a treat that was. Coffee and exquisite petit fours, and even cocktails for some, we soaked up the opulent atmosphere on the sunlit terrace, once again admiring the fabulous view of the lake.

Reluctantly we eventually tore ourselves away, gently revving engines as we pulled out of Lake Como for another day of discovery.

Seven countries in nine days? We had just the perfect amount of time to taste this most magical destination, before driving off into the mountains with an appetite to return and savour more.

Lake Como, I have been awakened to your beauty and we will meet again. For now, I cherish the memories.

 


Alyson Reay
Verve Rally participant, September 2016



In 2017, Verve Rally’s flagship European Grand Tour travels through 7 countries in 9 days,
with our lake-side abode being none other than the famous Grand Hotel Tremezzo on Lake Como. For more information on the rally click here.

Verve Rally and Tesla 2017

In the week leading up to Earth Day, Verve Rally had an exclusive event at Tesla Motors showroom in Oxford Street along with partners Natwest Private and Coutts & Co.

Guests were invited to soak up the atmosphere at Tesla, learn more and be driven in the revolutionary electric cars.

Verve Rally is a luxury car rally and members of this car club attend several events organised by Verve Lifestyle.

It's also Europe’s first carbon neutral rally which offsets its carbon by planting trees (by partnering with PATT foundation). 

"We count the miles into the engine size to calculate how many trees need to be planted". We support PATT foundation’s initiative and are encouraging them to meet their goal of planting one million trees. 

Guests connected over drinks and canapes and the event continued on at the after-party hosted at Hyde in Kensington.

Exclusive Private Box @ Wembley for England v Lithuania

An exclusive event hosted at the Private Box in Club Wembley with our partner Asset House for some of the Ververs to connect pre-rally.

It was a great afternoon watching live football and soaking up the atmsophere in Wembley as England played Lithuania in the qualifier and going on to defeat the opposition 2-0. It was also nice to meet the British Football legend, Sir Geoff Hurst MBE, who dropped in to the box.

Sir Geoff Hurst MBE, a former England international footballer and striker, remains the only man to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final as England recorded a 4–2 victory over West Germany at the old Wembley in 1966.

Verve Rally Exclusive @ Aston Martin Mayfair

Verve Rally evening at Aston Martin Mayfair. A glimpse of the exclusive event where Ververs connect and make plans for a summer adventure.

Verve Rally @ Four Seasons Private Residences

Verve rally - international

Verve Rally goes international with it’s launch in India on 4th March 2017.

Mixing luxury lifestyle with supercars, this car rally is not a race but a journey across some of the world’s finest routes.

Along with the founders of Verve Rally, Darshana Ubl and Marcus Ubl, Ghazalah Moloobhoy and Nandini Singh of Verve India Chapter launched Verve Rally at the Four Seasons Private Residences in Mumbai.

From Bollywood stars, to Miss World India to prominent industrialists to influencers of Mumbai, the event with 160 people was nothing short of spectacular.

Some of the more well known names from Bollywood and the creative industry include Farah Khan, Chunky Pandey, Atul Kasbekar, Siddhanth Kapoor, Natasha Suri.

Prominent business leaders include Ravi Ruia the chairman of Essar and Adarsh Jatia from Four Seasons (who partnered with Verve Rally for the event). Amongst the guests were Nafeesa Moloobhoy (Moloobhoy & Sons) along with Kavita Singh (Influencer of the Art World), Rashmi Uday Singh (author, food critic) and some of Mumbai’s most prominent movers and shakers.

The evening was proudly supported by Petal Maserati, Four Seasons Private Residences, Hennessy VS and Charosa Vineyards.

Publications covering the event included: Economic Times’s ETPanache, Business India, Mid Day, Millionaire Asia, Black Book Magazine, Luxury Launches, Luxpresso, Mumbai Mirror, Asian Age, DNT Newspaper, Afternoon DC and Condé Nast Traveller.

Photos from the evening ...

Our partners in India: Four Seasons Private Residences, Petal Maserati, Hennessy, Charosa Vineyards