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How you can join the Clooneys for lunch on Lake Como

Lunch with George and Amal Clooney at their Italian villa? Here's how you can win an invite to die for.

How you can join the Clooneys for lunch on Lake Como
What would you talk about over lunch with Amal and George Clooney? Photo: Pierre Teyssot/AFP

The famous couple are running a charity raffle in which first prize is a double date at their house on Lake Como.

The lucky winners – you and a companion of your choice – will be flown to Italy, put up in a four-star hotel and share a lunch of Italian Prosecco, cold cuts and cheeses with the human rights lawyer and her actor husband.

You don't have to pay to enter, but any donation you choose to make will go to the Clooney Foundation for Justice, which supports projects around the world to bring human rights abusers to justice.

There's just one catch: winners can't be resident in Italy (or Belgium, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Singapore, Sudan, Syria or Thailand). But there's nothing to stop a winner from elsewhere taking an Italian resident as their guest… hint, hint.

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Clooney hasn't always been so keen to welcome fans into his home in the village of Laglio, which he bought in 2001. Plagued by snoopers and paparazzi, he sought help from the town mayor to impose stiff fines for any strangers caught hanging around his luxurious estate and is said to have installed a contraption in his garden that launches raw eggs at boats that get too close.

Despite persistent rumours that he would sell the property in quest of greater privacy, Clooney has held onto his part of Laglio, where house prices have boomed and the local council declared him an honorary citizen. He and Amal chose to marry in Venice and the actor often opts to film in Italy, most recently selecting Sardinia for his TV version of Catch-22. 

The raffle runs until July 14th, with a winner expected to be announced on July 31st. For more details and to enter, click here

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George Clooney taken to hospital after scooter crash in Sardinia

Hollywood superstar George Clooney was treated in hospital on Tuesday for minor injuries after a scooter accident in Sardinia, Italian media reported.

George Clooney taken to hospital after scooter crash in Sardinia
Actor George Clooney in Venice. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

The Ocean's Eleven actor hurt his leg when a Mercedes car allegedly turned without giving right of way and collided with his scooter, Italian press agency AGI said.

Clooney, 57, was reportedly thrown from his two-wheeler on to the windscreen of the vehicle in Costa Corallina on the island's northeast coast at around 8 am. The car driver called an ambulance which took Clooney to hospital, AGI added. 

His wife Amal, a human rights lawyer, rushed to Clooney's side in hospital, according to local newspaper La Nuova Sardegna, who reported he was later discharged and advised to follow a course of physiotherapy.

A CAT scan revealed no broken bones, just minor trauma to one knee, Italian news agency Ansa said.

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Photo: Alex Macbeth

The north-east coast of Sardinia is popular with the rich and famous, although Clooney is on location on the island to film a new mini-series, Catch 22. 

Clooney is known to adore Italy and owns a number of properties in the country. He officially married Amal in Venice in September 2014, a few days after a lavish party in Lake Como.

AGI said part of the road was closed following the collision. Police told AFP they were unable to comment while operations related to the crash were still under way.

Clooney broke a rib in a motorcycle accident in New Jersey in 2008, while his then-girlfriend Sarah Larson suffered a broken foot. 

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Photo: Pierre Teyssot/AFP