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February 06, 2009

Beckham Bends It Back to Milan

by Beata Loyfman

You may have noticed that the Daily Traveler has a soft spot for this soccer-bending British import. (Thanks for the visuals, Just Jared). After all, he has provided plenty of clothes-free fodder. Check out my personal brush with the shirtless wonder here. But Becks has been quiet lately, and with good reason: He's busy wrangling his way out of his contract with the LA Galaxy to join the footballers of AC Milan. You know what? If I had made a big deal about relocating to the U.S., and all these celebs flocked to throw me parties, I'd keep my plans to bail quiet, too.

We can't blame him for the move, either. As the European fashion mecca, Milan is the perfect place for his couture-loving missus. Plus, the Italians are far less inclined to mock Becks' high-pitched voice and bum ankle.

Unfortunately for travelers on this side of the pond, Milan is one of the pricier cities in Europe. Even in this economy, hotel rates can cause respiratory distress. Luckily, there's a solution: Stay in one of the picturesque towns on Lake Como, just north of Milan and take shopping day trips. Check on Venere, one of our favorite sites for European hotels, where you'll find accommodations at rock-bottom rates. For example, Hotel Barchetta Excelsior has rooms overlooking the lake for as low as $139 per night. The site is currently running a weekend special for Hotel Terminus which includes two nights of B&B accommodations, a tour of the area, free use of the sauna and fitness center, and a mystery welcome gift for $179 per night.

Hey, at these prices, you can even afford to splurge on those designer duds on Via Montenapoleone.

Further reading:
* Milan Elements of Style
* Boldface: Celebrity travels


isn't Lake Como George Clooney's Vaca spot?
Shopping, Beckham, and Clooney What a Triple Threat ;)

Scoff! He isn't doing it to clothe his lovely bride; he's doing it to be closer to me. Don't pop that bubble.

That's right. Mr Clooney purchased the 25-room Villa Oleandra in Laglio a few years ago. With a motor boat, and some steady binoculars, you might get a glimpse of George in his lair. Check out video here:
--Beata Loyfman

It will take more than Becks to get the USA turned on to soccer. It will take massive immigration from Europe and Latin America.

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