The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, Classic Automobile & Motorcycle Show

An Annual Event of Classic Elegance on Lake Como

The last weekend of May, the charming village of Cernobbio on Lake Como becomes the backdrop for a spectacular show of vintage automobiles and motorcycles.

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2017 winner Federico Goettsche Bebert and his Nibbio

First established in 1929, it is considered the world’s most exclusive and traditional heritage event for historic automobiles and motorcycles by international experts and collectors of antique cars and bikes.

The event was originally an exhibition of new models and designs of the innovative automobile industry. It ran until 1950 and was later revived by Italian historian and author Tito Anselmi as a historical event presenting the vehicles of yesteryear.

The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and at Villa Erba, Lake Como Italy

Supported by the patronage of the BMW Group with its brands BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, this annual event has become a prestigious venue for collectors and admirers worldwide.

Hosted at the palatial Villa d’Este and Villa Erba, the event presents the most beautiful classic vehicles, which have been preserved with love and care by their proud owners.

2018 Edition

This year, the event will be held May 25-27, 2018.

The first two days, Friday and Saturday, the classic automobile event at Villa d’Este is by invitation only for participants and guests, whereas Saturday at Villa Erba, the motorcycle show is open to the public and on Sunday the cars move to Villa Erba and will be on display as well.

Tickets are on sale for the event on the official website for The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

Insider tip:

Vintage Car Parade

Participants for both the motorcycle and classic automobile events will be arriving all day Friday May 25th.  They will be driving up Via per Cernobbio and Via Regina: the perfect route to see a vintage car parade all day Friday (and Monday morning as they depart).

The best vantage point to see the automobiles arriving would be at the luxurious Ristorante Veranda, on the Villa d’Este grounds.

Other nice view points:

  • Villa Olmo, Via Simone Cantoni, 1, 22100 Como CO (the northern corner)
  • The ferry stop at Tavernola, Via per Cernobbio, 18, 22100 Tavernola, Como CO
  • Bar Sport, Via Regina, 21, 22012 Cernobbio CO (right in front of Villa Erba),
  • Gelateria Gei, Piazza Giuseppe Mazzini, 9, 22012 Cernobbio CO
  • Gelateria Sottozero, Piazza Partigiani, 3, 22012 Cernobbio CO

Early Sunday morning from 7:30-8:45, the cars will transfer from Villa d’Este to Villa Erba so you can also see them then.

If you love vintage style and elegance, this is a spectacular event combining style, elegance and history here on Lake Como.

The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, Classic Automobile & Motorcycle Show is an annual event.

Photos courtesy Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

Celia Abernethy

Celia is the founder and managing editor at LakeComoStyle.com. Originally from New York, she now spends her time between Milan and Lake Como sharing her discoveries and experiences living in Italy. Follow @CeliaAbernethy on Twitter