At the end of May every year, enthusiasts for historic cars and motorcycles come together from all over the world to celebrate the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

The grounds of Villa Erba will once again be transformed into a unique and exclusive setting where you are privileged to admire the finest historic vehicles and motorcycles of their eras. Join us at an extraordinary event and meet the participants in this exclusive occasion.

The programme for 2018 will be published in Spring 2018. To give you an overview of the event the programme of 2017 is stated below.


Friday, 26th MAY 2017, VILLA ERBA

Opening hours: 10.00 – 17.00

All day
Every two years, the famous auction house RM Sotheby’s comes to Cernobbio as a guest. Up to 70 classic automobiles will come under the auction hammer on the Saturday evening. Before the auction takes place, the precious rare treasures will be on view in the grounds of Villa Erba from 10.00 on the Friday morning. Entry is free of charge. Visitors will be able to view the auction itself live at the venue on the Saturday evening, or follow it on YouTube or on the website of RM Sotheby’s.



Opening hours: 10.00 – 16.00
This is the seventh time that the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este will rank among the world’s most exclusive highlights of the year for owners and fans of historic motorcycles. On Saturday, you will see the rare gems on two wheels putting in grandstand performances. You are cordially invited to admire this year’s Entrants and see the Jury at work. The participants will be on hand to discuss all aspects of their motorcycles.

Up to 70 vehicles auctioned by RM Sotheby’s can be viewed during the day before they are auctioned in the evening. View the Lots here:

A Special Exhibition in the Padiglione Centrale of Villa Erba on the topic of the history of BMW Coupés – Luxury and Sportiness – completes the programme. This exhibition is also open on Sunday.



Opening hours: 9.30 – 17.30
This very special venue will showcase a selection of historic jewels and priceless masterpieces for the vote to choose the most exquisite historic cars and motorcycles. A very special highlight awaits you at this year’s Special Exhibition in the Padiglione Centrale - a World Premiere. This is truly a treat in store.

09.30 – 14.30
Public referendum for the “BMW Group Italia Trophy”, the “BMW Group Young People’s Trophy” for Historic Cars and the “Concorso d’Eleganza Design Award” for Concept Cars & Prototypes.

11.00 – 12.00
The Motorcycle Concours will take place and finds its highlight in the presentation of this year’s winners in the award ceremony.

14.30 – 17.30
Take a seat in the grand stand and join the famous award ceremony for the class winners of the Historic Cars & Concept Cars. The award ceremony will be followed by the illustrious parade of all the Historic Cars taking part in the exclusive Concorso d’Eleganza in a spectacular pageant choreographed in front of the jury and the public audience.

Please note that dogs are not allowed at Villa Erba.