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We Stalked George Clooney

Four girlfriends head to beautiful Lake Como, Italy, for the views, the food, the shopping—and to try for an encounter with the ultimate move star.

"No!" we all yell as the cameras continue to roll. "Amiamo George Clooney!"

The reporter hollers back at us in Italian, saying something that doesn't sound very nice. We walk away from Villa Oleandra laughing. The late afternoon sunshine makes the lake sparkle at the end of the crooked street. We fling our arms around each other, still grinning. We do love George Clooney—but not as much as we love each other.

Ann Hood's latest books include The Knitting Circle and her first memoir, Comfort. Hood has also unsuccessfully stalked former New York Mets pitcher Ron Darling.

George's Lake Como

Transportation

  • Como Lake Boats 36 via Antica Regina, Domaso, 011-39/333-401-4995, comolakeboats.it, $190 for three hours

Lodging

  • Piccolo Hotel Orso Bruno 45 via Regina Vecchia, Carate Urio, 011-39/031-400-136, hotelorsobruno.com, from $140
  • Villa d'Este 40 via Regina, Cernobbio, 011-39/031-348-1, villadeste.it, from $728 a night

Food

  • La Fagurida 17 via San Martino, Tremezzo, 011-39/34-440-676, charcuterie $15
  • Il Gatto Nero 69 via Montesanto, Cernobbio, 011-39/031-512-042, entrées from $20
  • Caffé Bar Sport 7 Piazza della Chiesa, Bellagio, 011-39/031-950-161, gelato $2

Shopping

  • La Tessitura 2A viale Roosevelt, Como, 011-39/031-321-666

Nightlife

  • Harry's Bar 2 Piazza Risorgimento, Cernobbio, 011-39/031-512-647, Prosecco $12

 
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