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Villa del Balbianello, discover Lake Como Star Wars Villa

Last update : 28 April 2024
When visiting Lake Como, don't miss the Villa Balbianello in the small village of Lenno. Villa Balbianello, or del Balbianello, is an incredible place that we loved discovering, and is undoubtedly one of our favorite spots on Lake Como.

We enjoyed our visit so much that we decided to write you a full article on the subject. This Renaissance-style villa was built in 1787 and has been used as a film location in famous movies such as Star Wars and James Bond. If, like us, you’re a fan of these two cult movie licenses you should love your visit! En route, to this iconic Italian landmark, a veritable jewel on Lake Como.  

Visiting Villa Balbianello, practical information

How to get to Villa Balbianello

Located just 15 minutes from Bellagio and 25 minutes from Varenna by ferry, Villa Balbianello is in the small village of Lenno. Once you’ve arrived at the Lenno pier, simply walk along the lake to reach the villa’s entrance. There are 3 options for accessing the villa: 

  • By boat: allow less than 10 minutes to reach the villa. This is the quickest solution, but it’s not free: count €6 for the crossing and €9 for the return trip. If you choose this option, you’ll arrive via the villa’s private pontoon. I hear the view is incredible!
  • On foot: 2 routes are available to reach the villa by land. One will take you 20 minutes, while the longer one will take you 45 minutes. Note that the paths climb a little, so we recommend taking the boat if you’re not too sporty.

Personally, we chose to reach the villa via the first trail, although it might be a good idea to take the boat on the way out and the trail on the way back. This will allow you to have several viewpoints and reach the villa without too much effort. 

How much does it cost to visit Villa Balbianello?

Access to Villa Balbianello is not free. Admission costs €12 for the gardens alone and €23 for the gardens and an English-language guided tour of the villa. We recommend the first option, but make sure you book your tickets as early as possible on the official website. This way, you’ll be sure to get your tickets and avoid queuing at the ticket office. Last but not least: come as early as possible! The venue is quickly overcrowded and this can detract from the experience. We went when it opened and found it perfect. For those with a sweet tooth, there’s an ice cream parlour on site.

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What is the average visit time to discover Villa Balbianello?

We arrived when the villa opened at 10am and were able to wander around the garden for a good two hours.

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Visit Villa Balbianello, in the footsteps of Star Wars

Villa and wedding venue between Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker 

If you’re a fan of the Star Wars universe, it’s impossible not to recognize the planet Naboo as soon as you arrive at Villa Balbianello! This location was used as a filming location for some key scenes in George Lucas’ famous saga. More specifically, the villa was used in the film “Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones”, released in 2002. The villa was the setting for the scene where Anakin Skywalker (played by Hayden Christensen) and Padmé Amidala (played by Natalie Portman) are secretly married on the planet Naboo. As a Star Wars fan, Alex was over the moon! Feel free to watch the video below to get yourself in the mood before your visit. It will also make it easier for you to recognize the film’s iconic locations.

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Visit Villa Balbianello, in the footsteps of James Bond

James Bond’s private villa 

Villa Balbianello also played an important role in one of the James Bond films. It was featured in Casino Royale, released in 2006. In the film, Villa Balbianello appears as James Bond’s private hideaway. It’s here that he treats his wounds after his encounter with the film’s protagonist. Scenes shot at the villa include key plot moments, notably between the film’s main characters played by Eva Green (Vesper Lynd) and Daniel Craig (James Bond).

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Visiting Villa Balbianello, where to stay?

The most beautiful hotels on Lake Como

If you’re looking for a place to stay on Lake Como, we suggest you check out our selection of the best hotels on Lake Como. Don’t hesitate to check it out before your next trip to Italy!

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Thank you for reading

We hope the tips and good addresses on our travel blog will help you visit Villa Balbianello!

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Clem & Alex

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