When you look at the sky over lake Como, it’s clear that god exists”, says actor Robin Williams. Believe it or not, but Lake Como is one of the most beautiful places in Italy and many directors noticed it…. films like “Star Wars”, “Ocean’s Twelve”, “What a Beautiful Day”, “The Shadow of Suspicion”,  are just a few of the films that were shot at Lake Como.

Como’s Chamber of Commerce & the Province of Como have produced “The stars of Lake Como“, an easy guide that provides tourists with essential information on how to reach villas, parks and landscapes that were filmed to form the backdrop of Italian and international blockbuster films-most of us have seen at least once.

You can start at Como, where Carlo Lizzani shot the film “The last four days of Mussolini”  in 1974, and stop in Cernobbio at Villa d’Este, setting of “The other man” by Richard Eyre 1990. Many famous couples have had affairs in Villa d’Este: Wallis Simpson and Edward Viii (who were photographed by a paparazzo, shortly after which the king abdicated to allow him to marry), Elizabeth Taylor and Nick Hilton, Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles, Clark gable and Carol Lombard, Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa.

In Cernobbio we also find Villa Erba, where Ocean’s Twelve was shot, a brilliant action film from Steven Soderbergh starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Andy Garcia and Vincent Cassel.

Further nord, Lenno is the location together with Rome of “A difficult life” by Dino Risi (1961).

George Lucas chose Villa del Balbianello in 2002 as the home and hideaway of senator Padmè Amidala. The loggia of the famous eighteenth century villa, built on the tip of a small promontory extending out into the lake, provides the backdrop for the famous final scene in which the newly wed Padmè and the young Anakin Skywalker kiss. Later on they have a picnic on a grassy meadow, which is in fact the natural terrace with a remarkable lake view near Rogaro, between Tremezzo and Griante. in another sequence shot at Tremezzo, but not included in the final cut, Padmè arrives by boat at the pier in the “Teresio olivelli” Civic Park to catch… a space ship.

Daniel Craig returns twice to Lake Como during the film  “Casino Royale”. First he spends a period of convalescence after an injury in Villa Balbianello, which was transformed for shooting into a clinic, accompanied by bond girl Eva Green. The director focuses primarily on the park in which the eighteenth century residence is set, which provides the backdrop for the scene in which they kiss. in the finale, 007 travels to Villa la Gaeta, in San Siro. In this manor house reminiscent of a castle, surrounded by an acre of parkland, he tracks down Mr. White and shoots him in the leg. Then, at the top of the steps that lead to the villa’s main entrance, he pronounces his famous catchphrase: “The name’s bond, James Bond”.

Of course, there’s nothing quite like visiting the place for yourself, so what are you waiting for….Lake Como’s stunning landscapes are waiting for you! Discover our last minute offers and book your holiday at Lake Como now!

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