Villa del Balbianello is a sumptuous mansion built for Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini at the end of the 18th century. Today it is a favourite subject for painters and artists. A number of feature films have used the villa for location shooting, including "A Month by the Lake" (1995), "Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones" (2002) and James Bond in "Casino Royale" (2006).
The villa, which stands on the tip of a steep promontory overlooking Lake Como, is surrounded by beautiful terraced gardens leading down to the lake and offers incredible views over the glittering water. Villa Balbianello also boasts an interesting collection of Chinese, African and pre-Columbian art.