Lake Como, Italy – Villa Balbianello and Comacina Island

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Villa Balbianello – Lake Como Star Wars

Villa del Balbianello is located on a wooded promontory on Lake Como Italy. The grounds were famously featured in James Bond Casino Royale and Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. Villa del Balbianello was bequeathed to FAI by Guido Monzino in 1988 and is the FAI’s most visited spot in Italy.

Villa Balbianello movies aren’t the only appeal – its interior and history are equally impressive. Originally a Franciscan monastery built in the 13th century, it was later converted into a villa that was passed down through the ranks of the wealthy Visconti family.

The villa’s most recent owner, Count Guido Monzino, led the first Italian expedition to Mount Himalaia. He made a total of 21 expeditions to places including Patagonia, Equatorial Africa, Greenland, and the North Pole. The villa preserves the memories of his adventures with impeccable order and exquisite taste. Don’t miss his fascinating collection of memorabilia from his travels upstairs (we suggest booking a tour guide).

Thinking of getting your Villa Balbianello wedding? Get in line, probably you should face a two-year waiting list for weddings!

Need more information? Visit official website

Lake Como hotel: Lake Como Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Lake Como villa rentals: Lake Como Villa La Cassinella also for your Lake Como Wedding.


Lake Como Comacina Island

Comacina Island is the only island on Lake Como Italy, once the site of a Roman fort and a medieval settlement. The island is located in the waters off Tremezzina and overlooks the “Zoca de l’oli” (as called the hill).

Thanks to its small bay, is recognized as the most peaceful place on the lake. Is well-known also for the local production of olives, favored by the particularly mild climate and by weather at Como Lake.

The island is rich in history: in 1118 the Isola Comacina took Milan’s side during a ten-year war against Como (Lake Como from Milan is only 35 km). In 1169, the Holy Roman Emperor has punished the surrounding rebel lands. The island was burned and the inhabitants had to run away to Varenna, on the Eastern coast of Lake Como Italy. Every year, on the last weekend of June, there is a fireworks shows called “Sagra di San Giovanni”. Thousands of spectators reach the bay with their boat to admire this marvelous and magic moment, who become speechless in front of the amazing firework show that enlightens Lake Como to Bellagio. 

Need more information? Visit Isola Comacina official website at