14 Friday, 11 September 2009 London Lite HORSES AND CULTURE MAKE FOR Roll with it: Liam and Nicole in Como Celebrity hotspot Lake Como, Italy WHO Liam Gallagher and wife Nicole Appleton frolic in Lake Como. WHY GO To stalk George Clooney. THE VIBE Celebs may love it -- and so will the rest of us, because its affordable and family-friendly. BEST FOR Classical villas and villages like Bergamo and Bellagio. WHERE TO STAY Hotel Lenno (00 39 0344 57 051) was used in the Bond film Casino Royale. Double rooms with lake view from 165. WHERE TO EAT Make like the rock couple and head to Il Gatto Nero (00 39 031 512 042), a hill- top restaurant where youll be given a jar of home-made cookies for dessert. Mains from 10.50. WHAT TO DO Soak up the sun at the Lido di Lenno beach (00 39 034 457 093), which turns into a swanky bar at night. Entry is 4. SOMETHING DIFFERENT Take in the views with a cycling tour around Como. Go to bicyclinginitaly. com. A tailored day tour will set you back 87. TOP TIP Visit the spot where Mussolini was executed with his mistress outside the gates of the Villa Belmonte on Via XXIV Maggio. HOW TO GET THERE Alitalia (alitalia.com) flies from Heathrow to Bergamo for 184.30 round-trip. FOR MORE DETAILS discovercomo.com JENNIFER BARTON 5 best... Wehada gdayat theraces Ozstyle Yourtime DIRTY DANCING WEEKEND, VIRGINIA, USA FOR the time of your life, make a pilgrimage to the resort where Dirty Dancing was shot. Mountain Lake Hotel served as Kellermans Resort in the film and now organises weekends dedicated to the chick flick. Work on your spaghetti arms in their dance lessons or relive your favourite moments on a location tour. The resort is open from May-October, plus weekends in November. Next Dirty Dancing weekend: 6-8 November, from 192pp based on twin-share hotel accommodation. See mountainlakehotel.com FLAMENCO DANCE WEEKEND, SEVILLE, SPAIN IF YOU stamped your feet a lot as a child, then flamenco could be for you. Andaluca is the home of the fiery dance and this Seville school welcomes both visitors and locals to its classes in English and Spanish. Weekends start most Fridays and include a dance lesson, a technique class and a flamenco show. 136, excluding accommodation. A twin room in an apartment starts at 47 per person. See golearnto.com SWING DANCE CAMP, HERRNG, SWEDEN EVERY summer the sleepy town of Herrng hosts the largest dance W HAT country, other than Australia, would declare an annual public holiday for the sake of a horse race? Or, come to think of it, for any sporting event at all? But the Melbourne Cup, billed as the race that stops a nation, is a little bit special. At 3pm on the first Tuesday in November at Flemington Racecourse, 24 horses com- pete over 3,200 metres in the richest and most prestigious horse race in the world. It might only last a few min- utes, but its a sporting spectacle unlike no other and makes for a great excuse to visit Australias most elegant city. Theraces MELBOURNE CUP day is the centrepiece of a week- long festival of racing and partying. We joined the crowds and found none of the stuffiness of the British racegoing scene -- race days here are relaxed and super-friendly, a chance to dress up, get drunk in the sun, enjoy the trackside banter and fritter away some disposable income. Expensive VIP enclosure tickets are available, but dont bother unless youre desperate to celeb-spot (the Cup does attract a good smattering of international A-listers, including, when we visited, Snoop Dogg). A general admission ticket will set you back 35 (melbournecup. com) and allow you to wander around the main enclosure and sprawl out on the grass with a picnic and bottles of cheap champagne. I know diddly about racing and was con- cerned the endless champagne would lead to bad decisions and possible bankruptcy, so I set myself a limit of $10 (6) bet per race. Happily, I made half my money back with a $50 win. 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