Lake Como’s stunning landscapes inspired for many decades film directors from all over the world. The sweeping hillsides, glittering lakes, imposing mountains and spectacular villas were all locations for famous Italian and foreign films. Be ready for a small insight into what has been shot on Lake Como: by joining our tour You will have the opportunity to discover the highlights of this enchanting place related to the world of the movie set. Enjoy an excursion along the western shore of Lake Como admiring its most beautiful villas.
The journey begins by visiting the beautiful town of Como. Enjoy Your cultural route through the medieval walls of the city center, passing from old Romanesque churches to Rationalist architecture.
Few places are as romantic as Lake Como, and even fewer resorts as beautiful as Bellagio. Called the “Pearl of the Lake” for its beauty it has been chosen as set for film productions since ‘60s. First, the Italian director Luchino Visconti shot some scenes of the film “Rocco and his Brothers” (1961), then in 1984 the world-known Sergio Leone directed Robert De Niro in the movie “Once upon a Time in America” and chose Bellagio as filming location. Also Sydney Pollack shot an historical film in Bellagio, “Bobby Deerfield” with the great Al Pacino.
Enjoy an excursion by private boat to the wonderful villas overlooking Lake Como. The splendid views from the water gives You the opportunity to see their setting in the landscape: admire the enchanting gardens and facades of Villa Oleandra, George Clooney’s private mansion, where some scenes of the movie “Ocean’s Twelve” starring Brad Pitt were shot. Villa La Gaeta has been a set to the last scene of the James Bond film “Casino Royale” (2006).
The shores of Lake Como are still today a succession of small towns with ancient stone bell towers: the journey leads You to the renowned international holiday resort of Cernobbio, at the foot of Monte Bisbino, famous for its magnificent villas, such as: Villa Bernasconi, in Art Nouveau style, Villa Fontanelle, that used to belong to Gianni Versace, and Villa Erba, an architectural jewel of the 18th century, currently the location of many international events and conferences. Another prominent residence is Villa d’Este, dated back to the 16th century. It was the residence of the Princess of Wales, Caroline of Brunswick, and now it is turned into a luxurious hotel with a a wonderful garden. Some scenes of the movie “The Pleasure Garden” (1925) by Alfred Hitchcock were shot here. Also the director Richard Eye chose this location for some scenes of his film “The Other Man” starring Antonio Banderas and Liam Neeson.
Driving along the lakeside way You will discover the breathtaking Villa del Balbianello, built in the 18th century on the headland of Lenno, overlooking Lake Como. For its charm and beauty this historical mansion has been often used as set for several movie productions since 1941 when the Italian drama “Old-fashioned World” of the director Mario Soldati was shot here. The villa has been also the shoot location for “Casino Royale” and “Star Wars”. Located in Tremezzina, within a short distance from Villa del Balbianello, Villa Carlotta is another example of how architecture can perfectly blend with the beauty of nature and art. Do not miss the chance to visit the eighteenth-century celebrated mansion commissioned by Marquis Giorgio Clerici, renowned for its museum rich in famous works of art and the botanic garden known for its with rare and exotic plants. The journey ends by strolling through the narrow streets and along the lakeside path of Menaggio, situated in the center of Lake Como.
Arrival in Milan Malpensa Airport. Private transfer to Your 4+ selected hotel in Como. Walking through the medieval streets to discover the pedestrian city center, the ancient walls and churches.
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Head towards Bellagio. After the sightseeing of Bellagio, excursion by private boat to admire the wonderful villas overlooking Lake Como. Return back to the hotel.
After breakfast transfer to Cernobbio, important tourist location well-known all over the world. Driving along the lakeside way You will arrive in Lenno. Time at disposal to visit Lenno and the close Villa del Balbianello. Then head towards the enchanting Villa Carlotta. After the visit, sightseeing tour in the town of Menaggio and return to your hotel in Como.
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Full day at leisure for individual visits and shopping.
After breakfast check out and transfer to Milan Malpensa Airport.
Como lies on the extreme southwestern edge of the homonymous lake. It has an important history back to the Orobi and the Romans. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the town suffered because of the Barbarian invasions until the Spanish and Austrian rulers. Guided walking tour through the medieval streets to discover the pedestrian city centre with the Romanesque Cathedral of San Fedele, the impressive ancient Tower, Mazzini Square always animated by orchestras and lot of people strolling.
Bellagio lies on the central headland of the lake and is one of the most appreciated tourist locations all over the world. Its charming panorama over the lake, the beautiful villas, the perfume of flowers, the picturesque staircases are the reasons of its title “the Pearl of Lake Como”. Sightseeing tour together with your assistant to visit this town inhabited from prehistoric times. For its beauty Bellagio has been chosen as set for film productions since ‘60s. First the Italian director Luchino Visconti shot some scenes of the film “Rocco and his Brothers” (1961) starring Alain Delon along the lakeside path. In 1984 the world-known Sergio Leone directed Robert De Niro in the movie “Once upon a Time in America” and set some scenes here in Bellagio. Mr De Niro loved so much this place that he came back here with his family on several occasions. Also Sydney Pollack shot another historical film in Bellagio, “Bobby Deerfield” with the great Al Pacino. The two protagonists arrive in Bellagio driving down the hills to the lake surrounded by the wonderful landscape. They decide to stop here and have their first night of love at the luxury Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, one of the most elegant and ancient hotels of the Lake Como.
BOAT EXCURSION ON LAKE COMO
Private boat excursion to admire the luxury villas from a different view. From your boat you can see the enchanting gardens and facades that are closed to tourists, such as Villa Oleandra, private mansion of the actor George Clooney and where some scenes of the movie “Ocean’s Twelve” starring Brad Pitt were shot. Villa La Gaeta is another residence not visible inside but that was chosen for the last scene of the film “Casino Royale” where Mr Bond meets Mr White and utters the famous words “Bond, James Bond”. This fantasy castle in neo-medieval style built in 1921 is surrounded by a beautiful park with paths, benches and a fountain.
Cernobbio is an internationally renowned tourist resort at the foot of Mount Bisbino. The town is famous for its ancient and luxury villas overlooking the lake, such as Villa Bernasconi in Art Nouveau style and Villa Fontanelle which was of the famous stylist Gianni Versace. Sightseeing tour through Cernobbio streets.
The most famous and charming residence in Cernobbio is the beautiful Villa D’Este, built in 1568 on commission of Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio. It was the residence of the Princess of Wales, Caroline of Brunswick and now is a luxurious hotel where also Alfred Hitchcock spent every summer. He loved this place so much that here he directed his first movie “The Pleasure Garden” in 1925. This silent film tells the story of 2 chorus girls at the Pleasure Garden Theatre in London and their troubled relationships. The honeymoon scenes of the film were shot at Villa D’Este. Also the director Richard Eye chose this location for some scenes of his film “The Other Man” starring Antonio Banderas and Liam Neeson.
Villa Erba is a jewel of architecture built in the 19th century and surrounded by a park of 100.000 sqm. It was property of the rich and important Erba family who used it as holiday residence. Mrs Carla Erba was the mother of the Italian director Luchino Visconti who stayed here on several occasions; he was inspired by the villa for the sets of some of his famous masterpieces and used this mansion as set for his film “Ludwig” in 1973. Villa Erba has been the location also for advertising spots, such as the one of Range Rover in 2013 and the one of Nespresso coffee with George Clooney in 2014. Today is a conference centre.
Of Roman origins the town of Lenno lies in a bay so beautiful to be named “Gulf of Venus”. It’s surrounded by a rich Mediterranean vegetation favored by a mild and dry climate and is famous for many splendid villas. It has been chosen by many international directors to shoot movies and advertising spots.
Villa del Balbianello is a charming villa built in the 18th century on the extreme tip of the headland of Lavedo, overlooking the lake. It was often frequented by intellectuals and important people of the Italian Risorgimento. The access to the villa is on foot from Lenno with a steep climb taking about 25 minutes of walking. Regular guided visit of the villa with the Loggia offering a stunning view of the lake: the Tremezzina town to the north and the Comacina Island to the south. See the beautiful gardens and the shipment museum with flags, photos and artifacts that Guido Monzino collected during his travels around the world. This visit is with a local guide and is a regular tour in groups of max 15 guests. For its charm this villa has been often used as set for several movie productions since 1941 when the Italian drama “Old-fashioned World” of the director Mario Soldati was shot here. Starting from that movie 5 other film productions have chosen Villa del Balbianello as a set; the lastest are “Casino Royale” and “Star Wars”. In “Casino Royale” starring Daniel Craig the Villa del Balbianello is the hospital where James Bond spends the convalescence with his Bond girl after being wounded. George Lucas saw Villa del Balbianello (and Tremezzo public garden) as the perfect location for natural scenes of “Star Wars: Attack of Clones”, one of the most popular science fictions in cinema history. In this episode of the saga the Loggia is the stage where the Princess Padmé and the young Anakin kiss.
The Villa Carlotta is a celebrated mansion of Tremezzina town and is famous for its art collection and for the garden with rare and exotic plants, a graceful fountain in front of the villa, multicolored azaleas along the paths of the gardens. The villa was built in 1600 by the Marquis Giorgio Clerici, has 3 floors (2 visible), and offers enchanting views of Bellagio and of the surrounding mountains. In early 19th century the villa became the property of Gian Battista Sommariva, a politician, art collector and friend of Napoleon, who enriched the art collections especially with works of Antonio Canova and his school. In 1805 the Princess Marianne of Orange-Nassau, owner of the villa, gave it to her daughter Carlotta when she married George II, Duke of Sachsen-Meiningen. He was passionate about botany and enriched the garden of Villa Carlotta with azaleas, rare and exotic plants, century old cedars, camellias. Visit of the Villa Carlotta together with your assistant.
Menaggio has a great location on a small promontory and a mild climate allowing the creation of wonderful parks with exotic flora. Its port with multicolored boats, narrow streets, luxury villas and the ruins of the castle attract tourists every day. Time at disposal to visit Menaggio strolling through its streets and along the lakeside path.