Wandering around some of the most beautiful hamlets of Lake Como on the trail of spots that became cinematographic sets of more or less famous films
Would you like to take a walk, while being surrounded by a wonderful setting, on the trail of spots that became cinematographic sets of more or less famous films?
If you love cinema, I believe your answer is yes!
If you don’t, my advice is to let yourselves be tempted anyway, as in any case you will be able to see wonderful places while wandering around some of the most beautiful hamlets of Lake Como. I can assure you it is always well worth it!
You can find landscape views admired at the cinema almost everywhere around the Lake Como area.
Today I want to give you the coordinates so that you won’t miss the ones in Tremezzina.
First, here are the main ingredients of this “cinematographic tour”: six films, seven stops, just enough imagination and a lot of curiosity.
So, how to use them? It depends!
If you are interested in a film in particular, I would suggest you to go straight for the spot that provided as a backdrop for one or more scenes of this film.
Casinò Royale (2006, Martin Campbell)
Villa del Balbianello (Lenno) + Villa La Gaeta (San Siro)
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002, George Lucas)
Villa del Balbianello (Lenno) + Teresio Olivelli Park (Tremezzo) + Rogaro (hamlet of Tremezzo)
A Month by the Lake (1995, John Irvin)
Villa Sola Cabiati (Tremezzo) + Villa del Balbianello (Lenno)
Last Days of Mussolini (1974, Carlo Lizzani)
Bonzanigo (hamlet of Mezzegra) + Piazza XI Febbraio (Lenno)
A difficult life (1961, Dino Risi)
Lake front and Piazza XI Febbraio (Lenno)
The Pleasure Garden (1925, Hitchcock)
Comacina Island + Promontory of the Lavedo (Lenno)
If, on the other hand, you have more time on your hands and, most of all, you are willing to take a good walk in search of the area the advice is to reach all the seven stops, even better if in the following order. In this case, the hunting of all the different locations will only be an excuse to admire the beauties of Tremezzina.
The Pleasure Garden
Villa del Balbianello (Lenno)
Star Wars + Casinò Royale + A Month by the Lake
Lakefront and Lenno XI Febbraio (Lenno)
A difficult life + Last Days of Mussolini
Bonzanigo (hamlet of Mezzegra)
Last Days of Mussolini
Villa Sola Cabiati (Tremezzo)
A Month by the Lake
Teresio Olivelli Park (Tremezzo)
Rogaro (hamlet of Tremezzo)
Villa La Gaeta (San Siro)
Corners and places, one more charming than the other, follow one another.
What you will need to accompany you all along the “route” is a little imagination, to relive the scenes seen at the cinema with the eyes of fantasy.
Sometimes you might not find it so easy to recognise the exact place where the films were set, but this is also part of the fun of this sort of treasure hunt.
However, if you really can’t make it, the trick is asking the locals, they will be more than happy to help you!