Lake Como - Star Wars tour

The area around Lake Como in northern Italy is a very scenic place. So scenic that it was used as the setting for Naboo in Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

We took a Star Wars tour of the area, visiting some of the filming locations.

Lake Como

Lake Como

Old farm house

You pass this old farm house on the way to the picnic meadow.

Old farm house

Picnic location

This is the meadows where Anakin and Padme had a picnic. The mountains in the background were digitally enhanced in the movie.

Picnic location

Fields

Today, the field contains cows instead of large Naboo Shaaks.

Fields

Lake Como

We then went back to the lake shore.

Lake Como

Landing

In a park, there is a spot that was filmed but never made it into the final movie. The scene was supposed to show Anakin and Padme leaving for Tatooine.

Landing

Studio Building

This building was used by the film crew as their headquarters. Although there were many months of preparation beforehand, the film crew were here between 28 August 2000 to 2 September 2000.

Studio Building

Villa del Balbianello

This beautiful villa is located on a peninsula and the most beautiful way to visit it is to arrive by boat.

Villa del Balbianello

Dock

The boat arrives at this dock.

Dock

Lake views

Lake views

Lake views

The Villa del Balbianello has spectacular views of the lake. At the time of filming, these pots contained yellow flowers. But they were replaced with the red flowers that you see in the movie.

Lake views

Garden terrace

Here is where Anakin and Padme have a long talk.

Garden terrace

Garden terrace

The terrace was also filmed from the other side where they kissed.

Garden terrace

Lake wall

Here Padme arrived by boat.

Lake wall

Loggia

The Loggia (or Lodge) is the most iconic building at the Villa del Balbianello. It appeared in the movie Casino Royale, where James Bond was recuperating.

Loggia

Creeper figs

The creeper figs have been tended for many years.

Creeper figs

Creeper figs

Creeper figs

Western wing of the Loggia

Inside the western wing is a small room. This room was filmed as Padme's bedroom, but those scenes never made it into the movie (but they can be seen on the DVD extras).

Western wing of the Loggia

The church

The church

Padme's parent's house

This side of the building was filmed as a part of Padme's parent's home. Again, this scene never made it into the movie, but the Naberrie family home can be seen in the DVD extras.

Padme's parent's house

Gardens

The wedding scene from the end of Episode II was filmed here.

Gardens

Hoylen at the Villa del Balbianello

A nice place to contemplate the fate of the universe.

Hoylen at the Villa del Balbianello

If you want to see more, Arounder has a great virtual tour of the Villa del Balbianello.

If you want to come here, make sure you don't come in winter when the Villa del Balbianello is closed. That's what happened when I was previously in the area, so on this trip I made sure I came when it was open.

The Star Wars tour which was lead by Gigliola Foglia, who is a professional guide that worked with the film crew when they were there. If you are visiting the area, I highy recommended her tour. Alternatively, Star Wars fan Mark Dermul visited the area a month before me and he has published a book on the area.

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