The Mermaids of Lake Como

Our last day in Italy was spent underwater.

Well, mostly.

It was a beautiful, clear and brilliantly blue day, and we didn’t want to miss a drop of it.

After breakfast we headed right to the lake.

Having quite exhausted jumping in and out of the (rather lovely) hotel pool, we took to the lake.

We hired a little speed boat from a nearby town (they kindly deliver it to your deck if you ask nicely) and sped into the sunshine together.

Slowing now and then to play dream-house-hunting, which happens to be my favourite game (I blame my father).

We found a nice little spot for a swim and some lunch.

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My bikini is by Heidi Klein (top/bottom), my necklace is Aunt Sponge and the sunnies are RB.

When you’re speeding along Lake Como with a fabulous half naked girl on the front of your boat, it’s pretty hard not to feel like James Bond!

I was particularly fond of that hidden little glass shack ^. I think I could live there quite happily.

Fish from the window and leap in for a cooling swim occasionally.

After a day of whizzing around we retired to the spa to cool our jets.

And then walked into the gardens for a pizza and one final dip.

Before falling into a car and snoozing all the way to airport.

It was the most magical mini-holiday. I don’t think I’ve ever been anywhere as serenely beautiful and relaxing.

We stayed at The Grand Hotel Tremezzo (where we had a handy press discount) and I completely fell in love with the place. The service is second to none and I will absolutely be back… with my man in tow, because holy guacamole it is so bloody romantic!

Ti amo Italia. Hasta la vista, baby.

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  • Haha so much water! So do you need a special licence to rent the speedboat? It all looks magical and the dreamhouse-hunting, oh yes please! all those ivy covered houses, PERFECT! πŸ™‚
    Also, Rosie, if you ever visit the Netherlands (Which I think you totally should!) I would love to show you around some places! πŸ™‚


  • Aunt Sponge…..Thea is your sister?? I think you mum mentioned an Aunt Sponge….somewhere…can’t remember though….designing seems to run in the family…;)

  • Oh God…the blue. It burns. I haven’t seen blues like that since I lived in Spain. A little blue action certainly needed soon!

  • this is gorgeous! I want to get my butt out there immediately and recreate some James Bond scenes.

  • Anna

    love your posts Rosie, you give me so much inspiration xxx

  • I loved reading the posts of your mini-holiday, the place looks idyllic! I think I need to get myself over to lake como.
    By the way your blog inspired me to create my own, I’m over at if you fancy taking a look and giving me any pointers? thanks x

  • Joelle

    So much BLUE! I’d love to come here for a little break. Glad you had fun!


  • Catherine Francis

    Wow… What an amazing place! Italy is on my wish list… The food, the scenery, the food… πŸ˜‰ swoon! x

  • The holiday sounds amazing I think I need one asap!

  • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ I do want to go to Lake Como, maybe next year!

    Vanessa | Everyday Embellished

  • What a perfect trip! You two are like fish, can’t get you out of the water! πŸ˜‰ Little London Girl x

  • I loved this, besides being insanely jealous. Days spent mostly in, on, or around water are the absolute best!

    Kallie –

  • Lake Como is now on my ‘to travel to’ list. Looks absolutely amazing!


    Water Painted Dreams xo

  • Wonderful post, Rosie! Your happiness and kind spirit really shine through in pictures. Love from Chicago-Logan

  • Gabriella Granata

    Looks glorious! Any Clooney sightings? Heard he was in town with his fiancΓ©. Xx

  • Lula Mae

    This looks absolutely exquisite! I’m going to have to add Lake Como to my holiday destination wish list!

  • Maria

    Dear Rosie,

    I love your blog. Big inspiration! I bought a barbour jacket! I love it!

  • Dream house hunting is one of my secret faves, I also blame my father haha. It looks like you had a beautiful last (you certainly had the weather for it) πŸ™‚

  • My oh my that blue sky!!!<3 Gorgeous pics Rosie! It looks a totally idealic holiday spot xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle & Fashion

  • Kelsey Wilburn

    oh my goodness, this is gorgeous!! i so want to go swimming there

    ladies in navy

  • Wow it looks beautiful there!

    I just started my own fashion, beauty, lifestyle blog and if anyone sees this and wants to check it out I would really appreciate it!! xx

  • Holly von Bock

    Holy guacamole – your legs lady! they are the most ‘James Bond’ about this post! xxxx

  • Janine Maral

    Such a gorgeous view and the water looks beautiful!

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  • The quintessential summer post, so much water!

  • I love reading about your travels. Dream house hunting is the best!

  • Looks like such an amazing trip, Rosie! You’re such a lucky lady.

    xx – Kim

  • These pictures are insane! This is for sure on my list of vacation places! Wow, every single thing about this place is beautiful. It looks like you two had a lot of fun, that water is so blue! I will definitely be bringing my hubby along with me! We went to the Maldives a little while ago, but I’ve been itching to go on another vacay!


  • Such beautiful photographs. I want to be there so bad!

    Check out the B.A.D blog…

  • Have loved these blog posts so much! Literally makes me want to jump on a plane & go there now! πŸ™‚ x

  • Cat

    Wow, you were so diligent about taking photos! And the hotel looks absolutely luxurious. I wish I ever had the opportunity to stay at such a swanky place. So jealous!


  • Looks so gorgeous Rosie! I’m beyond jealous of your amazing travels!

  • Looks absolutely amazing :] x

  • wow the pictures alone makes me want to book a vacation to this exact spot right friggin now!!! Glad you enjoyed yourself, cant wait til the next getaway πŸ™‚ xo, jess @

  • This place looks like such a dream! It makes me want to dive into the nearest swimming pool. I will definitely have to pay it a visit one day- and give that boat a go! xx

  • Colleen Campbell

    Wow! Sold! Your piccies from this and previous posts has just enticed me to book a trip to lake Como. I go on 06 July whoop whoop. Unfortunately I can’t stretch to going for your hotel so I’ve opted for the Palace Hotel instead. I’m holding you personally responsible for next month’s credit card bill ha ha x

  • Ooh my god how absolutely amazingly gorgeous! Dream house hunting is one of my favourite games too πŸ˜‰ My favourite type of holidays consist of being in the water, every day x

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  • looks like so much fun!

    i always stare at your legs – they’re prefect!

  • so much blue lush waters and skies ! your figure is amazing, i’d love your legs Rosie, and Lake Como seems glorious definitely a bucket list place

    Lauren x

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  • CHG

    Gorgeous! I want to go to Lake Como sooo badly. What time of year do you suggest? We are planning a honeymoon for late November or early December and would not know what to expect for weather. Mountains..lake..good food, can’t beat it!


  • Kim

    Oh my goodness, can we trade lives? Please? Just for a day? These pics are just calling my name. keep sending them so those of us back at home can keep pretending we are there as well! Cute suit by the way! ~Kim

  • My husband goes “Dream house hunting” all the time! It can drive me mad sometimes. I’m thinking I should be a bit more understanding.

  • Such beautiful and fun photos. thanks so much for sharing. Always such a fan of your blog

  • This just looks so amazing I am trying to convince my boyfriend to go there now πŸ™‚


  • I can’t get over how amazing that lake is! I hope I can go there someday πŸ˜‰ And aw the title of this post is adorable <3

  • Sandra

    I have always wanted to go to Lake Como and these posts have only confirmed why! Such beautiful views, it all looks so magical. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚ x

  • Amy Dane

    This is magic – I am going to the same place in September and came across your lovely posts about it! Where did you rent the boat from? Something I will definitely want to do when I get there and would be ever grateful for a contact number/email for the boat..


  • Oh my goodness, looks like you two has such a blast, meanwhile in London the weather looks dreadful. I could use a holiday just about now.

    Dubai | A Visual Diary

  • How cool! Any chance you come to the Disaronno terrace parties? Would be lovely to meet!

  • Peppermint Dolly

    Such a gorgeous place! What a fantastic trip – can’t wait for my hol now!! πŸ™‚

  • Omg!! These pictures are absolutely amazing! What a freaking gorgeous backdrop. I am now dying to go!


  • Maybe for our ten year anniversary my husband and I will go to Lake Como! It looks like a dream.

    So I thought of you when I saw these anchor beach towels: Though I wouldn’t be surprised if you have it already! πŸ™‚

  • Francesca

    wow looks like a perfect vacation! xxx

  • Nichola Allan

    That looks incredible! Hope you’re enjoying Glastonbury!

  • Queenie Lee

    Looks incredible! Great picnic too πŸ˜‰ xx

  • OMG perfection! Love it x

  • Hannah Bee

    Everything looks so gorgeous, I’m a dream house hunter too- can’t take me anywhere, If I’m early for work (which is in a rather swanky bit of Dorset) I love driving around looking at all the wonderful houses! Also BOOBS, that bikini top is a miracle I might have to get one myself! xxx

  • Stunning shots!

  • Dorothy HF

    Such stunning photos! What a beautiful place.

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  • Gorgeous pics Rosie! I can’t wait for my holiday in Greece now!

  • Are you still using a 40mm lens? I love that your photos are such great quality for landscapes AND close ups! I have a 50mm but I feel like the focus & clarity struggles with anything that isn’t a particular distance away (“Not too far, not too close”). Lake Como is definitely getting scooted onto a future travels list πŸ™‚

  • Jess

    Wow, it looks so beautiful. You look absolutely gorgeous, how do you keep your body in such amazing shape? I love your blog and just reading it makes me want to travel, eat and try everything. I am starting university in London in September and reading your blog gets me more and more excited. I am secretly hoping I will get to meet you. Notting Hill isn’t too far from UCL πŸ™‚

    Love Jess xx

  • Oh how I miss that colour blue! I returned from Florence a week ago today, sniffles. Already planning my next trip back to Italy! Looks amazing x

  • Brittany Foley

    This post made me so excited for Italy! In Monaco currently and I feel you–I can’t stay away from the water! Great post, lady!

    With love from Monte Carlo
    Lifestyle and Travel Blog In and Out of Boston

  • Ellen P-H

    Wow those photos are so gorgeous! I would love to visit Lake Como. Breathtaking, Rosie!

  • Imogen May

    Such a perfect picnic on the boat! Theres something about fresh food in brown paper bags that makes it so much more appealing! Italy is so incredibly beautiful and you capture it perfectly. Your various musings and travels have given me little snippets of inspiration for such a long time! I’ve just finished my 3rd year of uni and have that ‘oh sheeiiit’ feeling. I did a little wanderlust post over on my blog – fingers crossed I can make things happen! Ix P.S hope you are having an absolute soggy blast at Glasto! AND I hope you find your coat!

  • Urvashi Salaria

    awww such a lovely post and I always admire your pictures πŸ™‚

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  • The colour of that water is just stunning! And the scenery is so beautiful too.


  • Fab photos, making me want to go back there again!

    Hugs xoxo

  • Robyn Tyrer

    Absolutely love your blogs Rosie.

    Take a look at my new blog πŸ™‚ there’s not much there yet, but it’s just a little something, thanks! β™₯

  • This looks so gorgeous! Dabbling with going to Lake Como and now I think you have swayed me.

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  • Lauren @BonVoyageLauren

    Ahhhh, looks like such a fun getaway! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  • I am in love with this hotel! My husband wants to take a trip for our 10 year wedding anniversary and this place is spectacular! Fingers crossed he agrees! Thank you for sharing Rosie!


  • NapoPeb

    Was this trip a freebie?

  • An A* for bikini work and diving. Italy is very romantic. Went with my man earlier this year but to the deepest South (Puglia) no other British tourists! Italians are the loveliest people! Even when we accidentally reversed into a Mercedes! Xx

  • I’m off on holiday tomorrow and this post has made me even more excited about the bikini time, sun and swimming!

    – Nina
    Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant blogger |