Stefano Pasini


VILLA D'ESTE 2017: MY FIRST 60 YEARS


Anna and I love Villa d'Este and have been customers since many years; being invited to be part of the Jury of the noblest and most refined of the classic-cars Concorsos, the eponymous 'Villa d'Este', has been a great honour for me and I am very proud be still part of it. For all these reasons, when I asked myself where I did really want to spend my 60th Birthday, there was only one possible answer
 
60th Birthday at Villa d'Este with my 1966 Bristol 409

Anna and I arrived with our Bristol 409 in the lat morning hours of Friday 28 April 2017. Paradise on the lake...

60th Birthday at Villa d'Este with my 1966 Bristol 409
60th Birthday at Villa d'Este with my 1966 Bristol 409

I parked the 409 in the lower floor of the Villa d'Este garage

60th Birthday at Villa d'Este with my 1966 Bristol 409

I just LOVE the quiet unruffled luxury of Villa d'Este

60th Birthday at Villa d'Este with my 1966 Bristol 409

The well-stocked bar

 

Lunch at Veranda, as befitting a day of real holiday...Anna wrote me a very moving letter for my 60th birthday, the best present I could ever wish for

60th Birthday at Villa d'Este with my 1966 Bristol 409 60th Birthday at Villa d'Este with my 1966 Bristol 409

I had the original keyfob of the 409 repaired by a specialist, as the leather was worn out. He did a passable work


A nice relaxed dinner. Marco Makaus (of Mille Miglia, Rolls-Royce fame) and his lovely wife Dorotea were with us for dinner Friday evening.
The staff at VdE know my tastes, so they charmingly avoided any chanting, cheering, singing: they simply said, in a hushed voice, 'Buon Compleanno'. That understatement is exactly what I wanted


The morning after....

60th Birthday at Villa d'Este with my 1966 Bristol 409

 Saturday morning Marco and Dorotea led us up some fascinating paths behind Villa d'Este. Living in Cernobbio they know everything of this enchanting little hamlet

60th Birthday at Villa d'Este with my 1966 Bristol 409

A glorious day on the lake Como

60th Birthday at Villa d'Este with my 1966 Bristol 409

When you park your car in the inner yard, you never know who will be your next neighbour....

60th Birthday at Villa d'Este with my 1966 Bristol 409

Hotel Villa d'Este's own Alfa Romeo Villa d'Este

60th Birthday at Villa d'Este with my 1966 Bristol 409

How many high-class hotels around the world can fly their own original crest and flag?

60th Birthday at Villa d'Este with my 1966 Bristol 409 60th Birthday at Villa d'Este with my 1966 Bristol 409

The bathrooms are sumptuous


The view from our room

60th Birthday at Villa d'Este with my 1966 Bristol 409 60th Birthday at Villa d'Este with my 1966 Bristol 409

A frothy Cappuccino


Nice scarves

60th Birthday at Villa d'Este with my 1966 Bristol 409

A typical boat used in ancient times on the lake, called the 'Lucia' after the main character in Aleesandro Manzoni's masterwork, 'I Promessi Sposi'

60th Birthday at Villa d'Este with my 1966 Bristol 409

Marco's stylish Lancia Flaminia Pininfarina

60th Birthday at Villa d'Este with my 1966 Bristol 409

Saturday 29, Marco and Dorotea took us for lunch at 'Della Torre' in the higher part of Cernobbio. Best 'Cotoletta Milanese' in the world, I gather

Albergo Ristorante 'Della Torre' Via Vittorio Emanuele 3
22012 Cernobbio - Como
+39 031 511308
info@dellatorre.co.it

60th Birthday at Villa d'Este with my 1966 Bristol 409

Bristols and Lancias are not dissimilar in philosophy

60th Birthday at Villa d'Este with my 1966 Bristol 409

Anna and Dorotea checking the flowers placed on the rear seat of the 409 for the trip back home

60th Birthday at Villa d'Este with my 1966 Bristol 409

Face to face, the Italian and British coachbuilt classics show similar stances

60th Birthday at Villa d'Este with my 1966 Bristol 409

A strategically placed bench in front of the lake


Time to leave

60th Birthday at Villa d'Este with my 1966 Bristol 409

Driving back home along the Autostrada: (legal) speed 80 mph, water temp 90C, oil pressure 65 psi, everything working, engine purring

60th Birthday at Villa d'Este with my 1966 Bristol 409 60th Birthday at Villa d'Este with my 1966 Bristol 409

Starting....


...and coming back, after 341 miles


An interesting fact about the Villa d'Este Concorso is that we always manage to get drenched by a severe thunderstorm during our way to or from Cernobbio; not this time. It was a splendid trip and everything worked perfectly. I was happy to take with me the 409 for my 6oth birthday celebration, it is the classic car that I'm more fond of nowadays




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