We came from all over the globe; Australia, Germany and London, with Italy’s Lake Como set as the location for our rendezvous. We all knew each other well, but in some cases, it had been years since we’d last spent quality time together.
The thing about true friends is that even if you haven’t seen each other in a while, when you do, you pick it up exactly where you left off, and our week spent at Lake Como further reinforced that point.
A booking of a villa with expansive lake views, located halfway between the villages of Dorio and Olgiasca on Como’s east shore, constituted the entirety of our plans. We spent our time reading, dining in the local trattorias, and indulging in the local Prosecco. We explored the intricate network of winding roadways and the seemingly made-for-Instagram villages they lead to. We absorbed the quiet calm of a crumbling church and the manic parking of a hurried local in a Fiat Panda; each a trademark of Italy.
We hired a speedboat and admired Lake Como’s famous villas as we idled past slowly, sipping champagne, and we dived off the boat into the glacial blue water whenever we felt like taking a dip.
In all, our week was the perfect antidote to our otherwise fast-paced lives, and we bid each other farewell at Milano’s Malpensa airport before spinning back around the world and slotting in as if nothing had happened.
It may take another few years before we all meet again, but that isn’t always the problem it may seem.
Words and Photography by Andrew Coles for Client Voyage