Villa Balbiano is the awe-inspiring Italian jewel in the most high-fashion film of the year, House of Gucci. It’s hard to believe that the grand 16th-century palazzo isn’t a movie set and is actually available to book on Airbnb.
The film tells the story of the dissolution of the Gucci dynasty. It has an all-star cast featuring Lady Gaga, Al Pacino, Jared Leto and Adam Driver. The movie will hit US theatres on 24 November 2021 and is set for Australian release on 1 January 2022.
As for the Italian villa, it is the site of Gucci family patriarch Aldo Gucci’s home in the film and one of the largest private residences on Lake Como, Italy.
Villa Balbiano once belonged to the famous Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio, who built it at the end of 16th century and used it as his main residence.
A century later Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini enlarged and embellished the Villa. He would host frivolous society festivals, banquets and dances there.
The House of Gucci Airbnb features six lavish suites and extravagant, lush gardens, which was distinguished by the British Society of Garden Designers.
An outdoor swimming pool and a boathouse await, not to mention the breathtaking views of Lake Como.
Rich marbles and royal-palace like interiors will transport you to the height of ’90s Italian opulence.
Spectacular 17th-century frescoes painted by the Recchi brothers and Agostino Silva still decorate the walls.
Just see the pictures for yourself.
One-time only special stay
The host is offering a special, one-night stay at the House of Gucci Airbnb.
On 30 March 2022, you and a plus one can spend a night in the master suite, with access to the first four floors of Villa Balbiano.
One night in the AU$1560.26 (€1000 Euros) for the night. Bookings for this one-night stay open on Tuesday, 7 December at 4am AEDT, so mark your calendars.
The one-night stay is not a contest you just simply have to be the first person to book the listing.
Fully vaccinated Australians can travel to Italy at present.
For a detailed list of which countries can enter Italy head here.
International travellers will have to fly to Milan Malpensa Airport and then get a 1.5-hour transfer or train to Lake Como.
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