The controversial crime drama starring Adam Driver and Lady Gaga features the iconic home Villa Balbiano situated on Lake Como in Lombardy, Italy. Lake Como has long been known as a vacation spot for celebrities, royals, and intellectuals due to the waters’ famed natural beauty. However, the lake and its grandiose villas along the shoreline hold much deeper history.
In the blockbuster, the family patriarch and fashion icon, Aldo Gucci, resides in its grand palazzo complete with lush gardens, Baroque-era frescos, and ornate gilded interiors. However, the property draws attention from more than just fashion fanatics. Villa Balbiano dates back to the 17th century and was famously home to Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini in the 18th century. Historians and art aficionados note how the cardinal amassed a large art collection there and became a gathering place for Italian intellectuals, who used the Villa to host festivals, banquets, and dances.
Today, the Villa is the largest private residence on the lake. The inside is filled with antique furniture sources from Sotheby’s and Christies. The 17th-century frescos by the Recchi brothers and Agostino Silva remain and are remarkably preserved. With the popularity of the film, the owner opted to list the home on Airbnb for one night. For those that missed the opportunity, the good news is the exquisite property is available to rent privately upon request, listed by the Heritage Collection.For more information visit Villa Balbiano.