Lake Como on the Big Screen

Lake Como on the Big Screen

29 April 2016

“A movie is a journey that leads into a world of places, events, emotions,…” and to help the fans of the big screen find the landscapes of their favorite motion picture, the Province of Como and the Chamber of Commerce of Como have produced a guidebook in two editions entitled “The Stars of Lake Como”. All the movies contained in the two booklets have been either fully or partially shot in this incredible territory, even if they represent just a fraction of the vast of images of our lake used for advertisements and TV settings. Lake Como, with its beauty and charm, has been used for lavish weddings, picture perfect celebrations, and idyllic scenes in some of your favorite films.

This is the so-called “Cinetourism”, born from the desire to find places where famous movies have been shot, retracing the footsteps of great directors and recollecting the most exciting intrigues. People just can’t get enough, and over 100 million travelers make their way to this one of a kind destination each year. To quote a classic, “If you build it, they will come”… and as long as directors, actors, and screenwriters keep visiting, you’ll be seeing this gorgeous area on the silver screen for some time to come!

I giardini delle ville lariane rappresentano, nell’immaginario collettivo, i luoghi romantici per eccellenza.

“Che un Dio ci sia, quando si guarda il cielo del Lago di Como, è evidente”, ha commentato l’attore Robin Williams, che sul Lario ha interpretato la scena iniziale del film “Al di là dei sogni” di Vincent Ward, vincitore del premio Oscar per gli effetti speciali. Nell’ultimo secolo la fama del Lago di Como ha raggiunto ogni angolo del mondo grazie anche ad alcune notissime pellicole. Tra queste Guerre Stellari, II Episodio, di George Lucas, che vede il terrazzo di Villa Balbianello fare da sfondo a una delle rarissime scene d’amore della saga. Il tema principale della colonna sonora, incentrato su questo momento romantico è Across The Stars[8], una melodia che incornicia il bacio tra Anakin e Padmé sul lago.

For most, the gardens and the villas of the Lake Como area are romantic destinations you can only dream of. 

“When you look at the sky over Lake Como, it’s clear that God exists”, commented actor Robin Williams, who filmed here the opening scene of the film What Dreams May Come by Vincent Ward, Oscar award winner for special effects. Over the past century, Lake Como’s standing has reached every corner of the world thanks also to some very famous films. Among them are Star Wars, Episode II by George Lucas in which the terrace of Villa Balbianello is the backdrop for one of the saga’s rare love scenes. It’s no surprise, after all, you’ll find an engraving at the Villa’s entrance “Fay ce que voudras” (Do what you want)…

Lake Como has established itself over the years as one of the most fascinating locations in cinema history, as described also in the Lombardia Superstar guide, a region in 100 films.