Here are two facts about me: one, I’m a huge nerd and two, I grew up watching Star Wars. So, when I found out that one of the filming locations of Episode II: Attack of the Clones was on Lake Como, I HAD to go and have a look. The area around the lake is very scenic, so scenic in fact, that it was used as the setting for the stunning planet Naboo.
So… without further ado, here they are, the filming locations near Lake Como, enjoy!
Villa del Balbianello
Do you recall all the romantic scenes between Padmé and Anakin on Naboo? Well, most of them were shot in Villa del Balbianello. This villa was originally a monastery and it now belongs to the National Trust of Italy.
Villa del Balbianello is the Lake retreat where Padmé and Anakin hid from those who wanted to assassinate Amidala and where their clandestine marriage took place.
First stop is the Garden terrace, where the protagonists of the movie have a long talk. This terrace was also filmed from another side when they kissed. Also, here’s where the wedding scene from the end of Episode II took place.
Other movie locations in here are the lake wall, where Padmé arrived by boat, and the Loggia, which is probably the most iconic part of the Villa. The Loggia didn’t appear in Star Wars for long, you can see it when Anakin stares at the horizon. It also appeared in the movie Casino Royale.
Located in the west wing, there’s a small room, which was used as Padmé’s bedroom, but those scenes never made it to the final cut (but you can watch them on the DVD extras).
Note: If you want to visit the villa, don’t go there in winter because it’s usually closed.
Not very far from the lake is the meadow where the cheesy picnic scene was shot. The location of the field is in Griante but finding the exact spot where they sat is hard. Also, the mountains in the back were digitally enhanced, you can find some behind the scenes shots online that will give you an idea.
How To Get There
All of the locations are in the south-left branch of the Lake. The villa is located in Tremezzo, while the meadow in Griante. It’s very easy to get there if you have a car. From Como, just head in the direction of Tremezzo: the road runs along the lake.