Letters from the President


Here we are, approaching the last month of autumn. November is a kind of balance between fall and winter. The summer is already a memory, and it is still early for Christmas fun.

So for this month, we prepared various events balancing between culture, gastronomy, and of course, some workout!

We start the month from the visit to Miniartextil Exhibition together with ladies from Lugano IWC. This year Miniartextil Foundation prepared astonishing installations using intense colours and bright fabrics.

It a particular pleasure to attend events organized by members! This month we have three activities that would be impossible without our ladies! On Saturday, 9 Olga Gazzola invites everyone to have a Charity Afternoon Tea and an authentic Indian Dinner at the magnificent Grand Hotel Imperiale in Moltrasio.

On the 14 of November, Jackie Rogers will lead us for a scenic walk from Brunate to Torno. Of course, lunch and aperitivo in breathtaking places are included in the program.

From 21 till the 23 of November, Debra Dolinsky is participating at the art vernissage, and she invites everyone for aperitivo in via Rovelli in Como.

As for the gastronomic events – we will have a chance to participate in the real Truffle Hunting without going to Piedmont and learn how to make delicious Autumn Cocktails At The Luxury Hotel Vista Palazzo.

On the 28th of November, we will practice how to make Festive Christmas Table Decorations.

Anyway, Christmas is just alongside!

 Sincerely yours, Elena Markova

Quote of the month: “Some of the days in November carry the whole memory of summer as a fire opal carries the color of moonrise”. – Gladys Taber


Welcome to October, the month that ushers in the fall season in its full glory. It is also the best month to enjoy nature’s shades of orange, brown, red and yellow, cosy fall sweaters, Halloween treats and pumpkin-spiced cakes!

This October, we offer several spectacular outdoor activities such as a visit to the Orticolario flower and landscape design exhibition, a trip to Tirano from St. Moritz on The Red Bernina Train, and a chance to experience a Castagnata/Chestnut Festival.

Not to mention, autumn is also a traditional period for gastronomy events here in Italy. So, let us enjoy a cooking class together and take advantage of a delicious lunch meal at an agriturismo on Lake Pusiano after a visit to the countryside.

We are also honoured to have our club member Debra Dolinski, a specialist in contemporary art, as our guide at Villa Panza. Villa Panza is situated on top of the Biumo Hill and overlooks the city of Varese, and it is an 18th-century mansion that is home to an American art collection from the 20th century.

I would like to add that we are also looking for volunteers to assist with our coffee mornings.
If you would like to join our team, please speak to any of our board members. I look forward to seeing you in costume at our special Halloween aperitif (There will be no entrance without a costume, so get creative.) and other events.

Sincerely yours,
Elena Markova

Quote of the month: “There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne


September and not January is the start of a new year for Como International Club, and I’m very honoured to be the president of the club this year. I will do my best to enrich the club’s activities, amplify the community, and make it an even more valuable experience for all of us. Autumn is an ideal season for new beginnings, and with this, we have new board members who already have begun to implement new ideas and develop new events. They will be presented at our first Coffee Morning.

One of the new introductions for the new season is -Social Friday- which will take place monthly in the centre of Como city. This evening event is open to everyone; it’s an excellent opportunity to meet new people and also expand the community.

A good community is about mutual relations, so, if you would like to contribute and share your gained knowledge or skills, please let us know.

We are looking for master-classes, lessons, round tables, language talks, sports activities organized by members. If you can do any of it – contact us, and we will be happy to discuss further.

Your opinion counts! If you have any ideas, questions, or suggestions – drop me a line.

Have a lovely autumn and see you soon!

Sincerely yours,
Elena Markova