Sunday, 24th August – Star Wars Villa (Villa del Balbianello)

Indulging a fan boy’s wish, Bec had researched a particular villa on Lake Como that was featured prominently in the Star Wars movie, Attack of the Clones. The wedding scene between Anakin and Padme as well as a couple of other scenes were shot at the Villa del Balbianello.

Aside from fan boy cred, the villa itself is amazing and can only be seen to be believed. Yes, the photos are beautiful, but the villa is so much more beautiful – and everywhere you look is a million dollar view.

The villa’s history is so mixed, it’s almost like a movie in itself! It was built at the end of the 1700s as a quiet summer residence. Prior to that, the place was inhabited by Franciscan Friars! It has also been used as a trendy gathering spot in the 1800s, an explorers home and now is looked after by a trust to ensure it stays beautiful.

It was hard to pick the best photos for the blog as they are all amazing, but here is a collection of the ones that we thought really showed off the villa. Enjoy!

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Lake Como and Villa del Balbianello really was a perfect start to our Italian adventure!

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