Posts Tagged ‘Villa Balbianello’

The last post was about hiring a self drive boat on the lake. If doing the driving yourself just sounds too much like hard work, then there’s a solution! You can hire a private water taxi.
Friends who stayed in Nesso last October discovered a very good company based in Bellagio.  It’s run by a husband and wife team, she’s Australian and he’s Italian.

They took one of their group tours which was a one hour tour plus a stop at Villa Balbienello (total duration 2.5 hours) so it was a good way to get across to the Villa. They also run a pre dinner cruise (a special time of day to see the lake) and also a morning tour. But you can also book them for a private tour for an hour or two, or even a full day. What a relaxing way to see around Lake Como and hear about the sites!

This is the link to their website, of you want more information http://italianwatertaxis.com

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Last August we finally got around to hiring a boat on the lake, and had one of the most fun afternoons in a long while! You get a really different view of things from the water, and renting your own boat means that you get to choose what you see, how long you spend doing it and also swim from the boat. We got the boat from Rent Fun Boats in Fagetto Lario which is just down the road from Nesso. They are really helpful, and also speak English.  You pay for the boat by the hour, and also pay for the fuel that you use. We rented a 40hp boat, which is the biggest you can have without a license, but it certainly felt pretty powerful!

We spent about 3 hours pottering about in all taking a look at the bit of the lake between Bellagio down towards Como. We really can’t recommend this enough as a way to spend a few hours….
Here are some pictures from our trip.

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Lake Como has been used as a movie location on many occasions. Here’s a few of the most famous ones.

James Bond: Casino Royale (12)
Two locations in this one. First is Villa Balbianello, which is where Bond recuperates after his torture by La Chiffre. (you can get there from Nesso by taking the ferry to Lenno)The other is the last scene of the movie, where Bond shoots Mr White, and takes place in front of Villa La Gaeta which is up in San Siro, nearer the top of the Lake.

James Bond: Quantum of Solace (12)The film continues immediately after the events of Casino Royale with Bond
driving from Lake Como to Siena, Italy with the captured Mr. White

Ocean’s 12 (PG)Villa Erba in Cernobio was the location for Francois Toulour’s estate….and very handy for George Clooney’s place in Laglio!

Star Wars; Attack of the Clones (PG) Villa Balbianello was used for Anakin and Padmé’s wedding.

A Month on the Lake (Ein Sommer am See) (PG) And it was Villa Balbianello for this lovely film starring Vanessa Redgrave, Edward Fox and Uma Thurman.

The Other Man (15) more scenes shot on Lake Como

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