It is certainly no mystery that Lake Como is one of the most fascinating places in Italy. Always a holiday destination for the international jet set, with many Hollywood stars (did anyone say George Clooney?) Who chose it as the place to buy a second residence, this idyllic stretch of water that stretches between the mountains of Lombardy it really is a privileged place.
And the world of cinema didn’t take long to realize this: in fact, numerous films have been shot on its shores, after many directors have literally fallen in love with it.
The best films shot on Lake Como
Among the many films that have the lake as a setting, total or partial, obviously those of the blockbuster stand out, such as 007 Casino Royale of 2006, directed by Martin Campbell, in which in some scenes it is possible to see the elegant profiles of Villa Balbianello in Lenno and villa La Gaeta in San Siro. Another 90’s piece of overseas cinema is Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, shot by George Lucas in 2002. Also in this case, the setting is that of Villa Balbianello, which was joined by Parco Teresio Olivelli in Tremezzo.
Also interesting are the scenes shot by John Irvin in 1995, when he directed Uma Thurman and Vanessa Redgrave in the film A month at the lake. The actresses stayed at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, but some scenes also highlight the beautiful villa Sola Calbiati in Tremezzina, the place where, among other things, some scenes of the film No place of exile were shot, inspired by the composer Arthur Schnabel, who lived in villa Ginetta, now owned by the De Santis family, who own the Grand Hotel Tremezzo.
Naturally, many Italian directors have also decided to create some scenes in the prestigious setting of Lake Como. Among these Carlo Lizzani, who in 1974 shot Mussolini last act, or Dino Risi, who in 1961 directed A difficult life.
Also noteworthy is the film The labyrinth of passions, by Alfred Hitchcock, who in the now distant 1925 shot some scenes on the Comacina island and on the Lavedo promontory in Lenno. Almost 100 years have passed, but the unique charm of Lake Como continues to be truly irresistible.
Lake Como: an icon of Italian style in the world
What better showcase for Italy than a typical restaurant overlooking Lake Como? It could be a stereotypical image, but if the protagonist is Gualtiero Marchesi, everything takes on a different tone. In fact, some scenes of the documentary The Great Italian were shot on the lake, inspired by the chef who reinvented traditional Italian cuisine.
In fact, many do not know that on the shores of the lake there is the Terrazza Gualtiero Marchesi restaurant, inside the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, which offers the chef’s best dishes. The hotel has been awarded the prestigious “best hotel in Italy” by Condè Nast Travelers. The administrator Valentina De Santis comments on the recognition stating that “despite the very special season, we are more than ever proud to carry the flag of Lake Como high in the world, thanks to professionalism, commitment, smiles and a lot of passion”.
I VIP e le star di Hollywood sul lago di Como
The love story between great cinema and Lake Como does not stop with films: in fact, on the shores of the lake there are many actors and actresses who go on vacation, some even on an annual basis. Excluding those who have decided to buy us a house, illustrious guests of the area are Myley Cyrus, Jennifer Aniston, Adam Sandler and Stanley Tucci.
But the landlord around here is George Clooney. The star, who bought Villa Oleandra in Laglio, is known for its exclusive receptions: among the prominent personalities invited by the actor there is also the former president of the United States Barack Obama. The charm of Lake Como has also infected the players: Mauro Icardi has bought a house in Brienno, together with his girlfriend Wanda Nara.