By  on December 31, 2008

CERNOBBIO, Italy — Long before George Clooney brought Lake Como back into the limelight, the area’s luxury hotel Villa d’Este lured celebrity guests like Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Woody Allen, Madonna, Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Gianfranco Ferré, Winston Churchill and Gianni Agnelli.

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