Villa Balbiano, from Gucci to Airbnb

Villa Balbiano is one of the most beautiful villas on Lake Como. Located on its magnificent banks, it is a jewel of 16th century architecture. We had already talked about this wonderful building, when a few months ago it rose to international prominence, when it was chosen as the set for the film House of Gucci, with Lady Gaga and Al Pacino and directed by Ridley Scott, due out in Italy on December 16, 2021.

But the day has come: the film was also released in our country, after an excellent success in the United States; therefore, after a few months of silence, Villa Balbiano has returned to occupy the pages of specialized newspapers and magazines.

In fact, what in the film is the home of the patriarch Aldo Gucci, has become bookable on Airbnb, allowing anyone who wants to (and, of course, the budget) to enjoy its wonderful interiors and its incredible views of Lake Como for the night of March 30, 2022. Reservations were opened on December 6, 2021, and the lucky one (or the lucky ones) will have the opportunity to spend the night in the master suite of the villa, a real symbol of Italian style that has helped to make famous our country in the world.

It goes without saying that the villa was booked in no time. There are currently no other dates available on the booking page available at this link.

The guests of the villa will have the right to enjoy its large garden, and at the same time to take advantage of the first three floors of the house, accessible by private lift. There are sumptuous rooms, filled with works of art, 17th century frescoes and period furniture, some original, others from luxurious international auction houses such as Sotheby’s or Christie’s.

There are six splendid suites in the main palace, each designed by decorator Jacques Garcia. Furthermore, during their stay, guests will have the opportunity to meet the host Irina, who manages Villa Balbiano.

The controversy of the Gucci family

The House of Gucci movie may have been a hit with audiences, but the Gucci family didn’t take its release well. According to the Guardian, the Gucci are “furious, bewildered and annoyed” as they say the narrative is “not accurate”, as family members are portrayed by Ridley Scott as “hooligans, ignorant and insensitive to the world around them” .

To the rumors against the Gucci family, are added those of the critics, with opinions ranging from the bad Italian accent of the actors, to the opinion of The Wrap, according to which the film transforms high fashion into something “rather tiring”. Critics also complain that the writers have taken a lot of liberties, both in the timeline and in the interpretation of reality.

Fortunately (or bad luck, points of view) there is the right of reply, exercised by director Ridley Scott, who, interviewed by the BBC, defended his film with the sword, noting that “one Gucci has been murdered and another has gone into prison for tax evasion, so you can’t talk to me about profit “, to the objections of the Gucci family who said that” the identity of a family was stolen to make a profit “.

The film

House of Gucci was released in theaters in the United States on November 24, 2021, and during its first weekend of screening, it grossed nearly $ 22 million; meanwhile, its lead actress Lady Gaga won the New York Film Critics Circle Awards in the Best Actress category. The Italian-born singer / actress is also nominated for the Golden Globe 2022, in the category of “Best Actress in a Drama Film”.

The release in Italian cinemas took place on December 16, 2021.

The photo of Villa Balbiano belongs to Plumbago Capensis and is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons license.

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