Amanda and Tim’s Italy trip: Lake Como

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Ok, so continuing on with our trip…after our time exploring Venice and stopping for some delicious pizza in Verona, we jumped in our rental car and headed to the magical area of Lake Como. May I say that driving in Italy is an adventure, to say the least. Going nearly 90 mph on the autostrada and watching cars fly by us made me shriek a few times!

Nestled in the Alps, with a glacier lake that is as deep in parts as the mountains are high, it was a breathtaking sight! After driving a few hours from Verona, we looked up and saw this hotel thinking “Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could stay THERE?” only to find out that was in fact our hotel!  We checked in to the lovely Grand Hotel Tremezzo, and hiked up on their property for this beautiful view of the hotel and lake below..


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Breakfast each day was a huge glamorous spread of freshly prepared omelets, sausages, salamis, potatoes, an array of juices, fruit and breads on a big open-air patio overlooking the shimmering lake. The back pool area was one of the most impressive I’ve ever seen..surrounded by lush greenery with the cutest little snack bar. Their second pool is below.. and is actually on top of the lake! Such a perfect hotel for honeymooners.

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Being in Lake Como makes you feel like royalty. Considering we weren’t, we felt a bit out-of-place until we decided to pretend like we belonged there in this fantasy land, amongst the wealthy vacationers and celebrities. We took ferries to Villa Balbianello, Villa d’Este, and Bellagio, ate fresh fish from the lake at Trattoria San Giacomo, drank champagne and reveled in the fact that we were actually present in this unbelievable scenery right out of a movie.

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Our last day there, we decided to take a boat out on the lake to take in the scenery on the coast at sunset. It had been awhile since Tim had driven a boat, but we sped on out to the middle of the lake, laughing the whole while. Tim was snapping photos of me, I was taking photos of him and we were on a huge high. I felt so glamorous being out there on that boat, and almost teared up at how beautiful and serene it all was, and how lucky I felt to share this whole experience with my best friend. I heard the engine stop, turned around and Tim was there with a ring and the sweetest proposal!!!

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Tears in our eyes, I said YES!

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Monica at Paper Cut Industries on Oct 18, 2011

How beautiful! Congratulations! -xx

kate on Oct 18, 2011

BIG congratulations! What a surreal setting :)

Julie @ Kiss and Punch Designs on Oct 18, 2011

Aww...such a sweet and beautiful proposal. Congratulations!

Wendy {Just Wenderful} on Oct 18, 2011

Congrats Amanda!

Desi on Oct 18, 2011

that is so romantic. congratulations to the pair of you.

Katie on Oct 18, 2011

Congratulations Amanda! So happy for you both! Your pictures are amazing!!!

cinzia on Oct 18, 2011

Amanda !!!! you are a w e s o m e !!!! and a talented photographer too <3

Britta on Oct 18, 2011

Congrats! I know rings are sacred ground in the world of weddings, but your's looks gorgeous! Would you mind telling us more about it and maybe a close up?

Brenda's Wedding Blog on Oct 18, 2011

congratulations Amanda - what a beautiful destination for an engagement

margaux on Oct 18, 2011

congratulations amanda! your trip looks like it was amazing and we're so happy for you! xoxo

Egle @ libellula weddings on Oct 18, 2011

What a beautiful story. We live just next to Lake Como in the neighbourhood Switzerland and have to admit, it's all true - it's beautiful! No surprise George Clooney has a villa there :)

Carly McCray on Oct 18, 2011

Congratulations!!!!! Looks so romantic + can see the joy in your eyes! :)

MaeMae Paperie on Oct 18, 2011

YAYAYAYAYAAAAA!!! so exciting! congratulations and much love to both of you!

Julia on Oct 18, 2011

Congratulations! very very romantic

Jessica on Oct 18, 2011

First, congrats on the engagement! Second, I have been obsessed with visiting Lake Como for forever and a day! I really wanted to go there for my honeymoon with my mister but he wasn't feeling it. Boo. How deliciously romantic that your proposal took place there. Magical! P.S. Gwen Stefani's Cool video was filmed in Lake Como.

jacin {lovely little details} on Oct 18, 2011

yay!!!!!!!!!! so exciting :)

Brancoprata on Oct 18, 2011

Exciting news!!! Congratulations to you both!!!

Mary Herrington | Forever & Ever Events on Oct 18, 2011

Congratulations, Amanda!!! What a beautiful setting for a proposal! xxx

Koru Kate {Koru Wedding} on Oct 18, 2011

What a gorgeous, perfect location for an engagement!! Congratulations!

Coralie on Oct 18, 2011

Congratulations Amanda and Tim!! I recently became engaged as well, I can so feel your joy in those pictures! You are going to have the wedding to ENVY, Considering your a part of 100 layer cake....I can't even imagine!!! Do you have a date set yet? I am having the hardest time figuring mine out! Best wishes, Alyssa

carter & cook on Oct 18, 2011

That is SO sweet! Congrats to you Amanda & Tim!! What a romantic location and gorgeous ring...I can only imagine...your head is spinning with ideas! Enjoy this special season of being engaged. xo C&C

Scout's Honor Co. on Oct 18, 2011

What an amazing story + unbelievable setting! Congrats Amanda + Tim!

Tyler + Jessie on Oct 18, 2011

Congrats! One year ago we were traveling many of the same beautiful locations for our honeymoon, and we miss it every day. You'll always remember it :)

Sandra Fazzino Photography on Oct 18, 2011

Wow, I was reading the post tearing up in amazement at the beautiful scenery, dreaming of our next vacation and praying we get to Lake Como soon, and then bam, the proposal! Mamma mia! He's a clever guy. What a great read this afternoon!!!! Tanti auguri!!!!!!!!

100layercake on Oct 18, 2011

Thanks, everyone!! You're so sweet and your comments make the magnitude almost too much to handle! I'll post some photos of the ring later, and as for a date we're thinking next October but we have yet to pick a venue so it will all depend. I can't believe it's finally my turn to be on this end of wedding planning! After pouring my heart and soul into this blog with Jillian and Kristina for the last few years, it feels so amazing to see myself and my new fiancé up here, starting this journey together :) For those of you readers that are already married, I'd love to hear any advice you have in the upcoming months as we prepare for our big day! And for those of you currently planning your weddings, I hope we can share our ups and downs through this wild and fun process. Hugs and kisses to you all! *Amanda

Mary on Oct 18, 2011

Congratulations! Such lovely pics and such a lovely couple!

Meredith Perdue on Oct 18, 2011

A big congratulations to Amanda! I loved reading this post! I visited Bellagio with my boyfriend while studying abroad in Italy. It is one of the most beautiful places I've ever visited! What a dream-like setting for such a special memory!

Sidra @ The Bridal Diaries on Oct 18, 2011

Congratulations to you both!! What a great story and a great post. Your photos are incredible!!!! Best wishes to you, cannot wait to see what your wedding will be like!!!

Jordan Marie on Oct 18, 2011

I knew I knew I knew! Ha ha.. Congrats.. I felt so cool keeping a secret! <3xojo

Joy on Oct 18, 2011

OMG Congrats!!! What a great way to make an awesome trip just great! Your man has the perfect timing I swear.

Lisa on Oct 19, 2011

congrats!! I like in Como and forget how lucky I am and how beautiful it is until I see it through other people's eyes. Your pictures are just stunning xx

Filipa on Oct 19, 2011

Yay!! What a happy story - congrats to you both. What a perfect setting to get engaged in.

Libby James on Oct 19, 2011

This is what fairytales are made of! So romantical!

Erica on Oct 19, 2011

Congratulations, Amanda & Tim! What wonderful news! I was in a cab with Jillian when she found out. She was very excited to say the least. I'm so happy for you both and what a perfect setting. Your holiday sounded like a dream. Good luck over the next year in planning your wedding! I think you'll have plenty of help. Hugs & Kisses!

Stacia on Oct 19, 2011

How wonderful! What a beautiful proposal, made me teary to read. Congratulations!

Pure2raw twins on Oct 19, 2011

beautiful pics! congrats!!

Melissa at MasterPiece Weddings on Oct 19, 2011

Congratulations!!! This is just gorgeous and i lovelovelove those multi-colored couches- how fun!?!

Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie on Oct 19, 2011

Sending along so many congratulations! xo

Mai on Oct 19, 2011

how beautiful!!! Congratulations on your engagement <3. such excitement in the air!!

Clayton Austin on Oct 20, 2011

Congrats Amanda!

Amanda on Oct 20, 2011

I must say I love this post! First of my name is Amanda as well, I was in Lake Como about a month ago with my boyfriend and he proposed there too! We even were staying at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo! So many great memories and it truly is a magical place!

100layercake on Oct 20, 2011

Oh my gosh, Amanda...that is crazy! Where did he propose? Lake Como is just the most romantic place for a proposal to happen. Is your fiancé's name Tim too? ha!

anne-marie on Oct 20, 2011

Lago di Como is one of my favorite places in all the world. THE favorite place, in fact. Endless congrats to you and your love. (Perhaps George will let you marry at his sweet little villa!)

100layercake on Oct 20, 2011

Ha! Anne-Marie, that would be pretty sweet! We actually passed by his villa on the way back from our little boat excursion :)

mobile crusher on Oct 21, 2011

How wonderful! What a beautiful proposal, made me teary to read. Congratulations!

Christa Alexandra on Oct 22, 2011

I've always dreamed of getting engaged overseas :) What a wonderful story to tell over the years. Can't wait to follow along to see all the details for the big day! Congrats!!

Rebecca on Oct 22, 2011

Super congrats, Amanda! I wish you ALL the happiness :) xo Rebecca

Anthony on Oct 24, 2011

congrats! my wife and i just returned from there for our honeymoon. royalty indeed!!

anne on Oct 26, 2011

What a romantical story! Super congratulations! Can't wait to see what your wedding will be like!

Amanda on Oct 29, 2011

100layercake - He proposed in the gardens on the hill top at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo! It was so lovely an similar to home. We live in lake Tahoe. It was sooo wonderful and just towards late afternoon... every minute was fabulous! We got engaged September 22. Even signed the guest book to leave our mark. However, my fiancé's name is Chris. Congrats again Amanda + Tim!

100layercake on Oct 29, 2011

Amanda, Tim and I took a hike up to that hill top too, and I was wondering if he was going to propose there also! It is such a beautiful little spot!

danni / hellofriend. on Nov 1, 2011

A little behind on my blog reading but CONGRATS AMANDA!!!!!!!! I am so happy & excited for you, I can't wait to see how all the planning and the details turn out! What a sweet and beautiful romantic proposal. You 2 are such an adorable couple! ps: My dream will now come true ;) (remember I had that dream you got married and it was the wedding of the century, haha. so random!)

100layercake on Nov 1, 2011

Omg Danni.. HA! Your dream will totally come true now! Thanks for having it!

Mezzo@ Steel band hire on Nov 11, 2011

Amazing! It looks like the same location as Casino Royale. Must have been truly magnificent and thoroughly enjoyable for you both.

Sara on May 19, 2014

Amanda, I so enjoyed reading your honeymoon posts! I read in a comment that you were there for 3 weeks? My fiance and I are going for two, and I was curious if you would share your highlights of what you would choose to do again if only given 2 weeks? It would be much appreciated!

weddingonlakecomo on Sep 23, 2014

Oh my God.That is Attractive and beautiful post.Getting married lake como

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