Lake Como, the Movie Star

Our December 2014/January 2015 issue featured the best of Lake Como. The lake is so beautiful and enticing that at least 26 directors have set at least part of their films in Lake Como and 82 movie stars have performed in these scenes.

Here are some of the best known:

  • Casino Royale with Daniel Craig, filmed at Villa La Gaeta in San Siro and Villa del Balbianello in Lenno, 2006
  • Ocean’s Twelve with George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, filmed
    at Villa Erba in Cernobbio and Villa Oleandra in Laglio, 2004
  • Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones with Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, and Hayden Christensen,
    filmed at Parco Civico in Tremezzo and Villa del Balbianello, 2002
  • The Other Man’with Laura Linney and Liam Neeson (2008)
  • The Luzhin Defence’with John Turturro and Emily Watson (2001)
  • Bobby Deerfield with Al Pacino (1977)
  • The Last 4 Days of Mussolini with Rod Steiger and Henry Fonda (1974)
  • The Pleasure Garden directed by Alfred Hitchcock (1925)

Film buffs and Lake Como enthusiasts alike who want more details may pick up the complimentary Stars of Lake Como guidebook at the tourist office in Como at Piazza Cavour, 17.  — Barrie Kerper