If you are a fan of Celebrity gossip and showbiz news then you probably already know that quite a few celebrities own or have owned villas around the Lake Como, like Madonna, George Clooney, Donatella Versace and Sir Richard Branson (founder of the Virgin Group Ltd). Clooney owns Villa Oleandra, which has more than three centuries of history among its walls. For the filming of "Ocean's Twelve" he hosted at his home stars such as Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas, Brad Pitt, Matt Demon and Julia Roberts just to name a few. But the list of VIPs visiting Como and its lake over the years is endless. Bellagio is situated on the extreme tip of the headland that separates the two branches of Lake Como. Some of the most famous films of all time have been shot there, like "Casino Royale "(one of the latest and most successful James Bond movies), "Ocean's Twelve" with a stellar cast, "Star Wars Episode II", "Rocco and His Brothers", an Italian film directed by Luchino Visconti and winner of the David di Donatello Awards in 1961.
But the notoriety of the Lake Como and the presence of celebrities in Como do not belong only to recent years. The territory has always been of interest to artists and gave birth to many people who have distinguished themselves in the fields of art, culture, crafts, scientific and economic studies. Writers, poets, women and men who, with their work and activities, have contributed to modern scientific and cultural thoughts. Here are just a few examples of these outstanding characters from the past.
Celebrities in Como From The Past
The mountains surrounding Lecco, that lies at the end of the south-eastern branch of Lake Como, are of such beauty that they even impressed Leonardo Da Vinci who, as a scientist, studied them carefully, described them in the Atlantic Code and painted them in his paintings. Leonardo knew well the qualities of the nature of the territory, from the fantastic peaks and meandering bodies of water, now calm and now suddenly upset by the forces of nature. In the design of the code Windsor is nothing but a view of medieval Lecco.
Alessandro Volta was born in Como in 1745, to an aristocratic family. He was an Italian physicist, best known for the invention of the first electric generator ever made, the electric battery and the discoverer of methane. The SI unit of electric potential is named in his honor as the "volt".
I Promessi Sposi (English version: The Betrothed) is an Italian historical novel by Alessandro Manzoni, first published in 1827 and it has been called the most famous and widely read novel in the Italian language. Lecco is the place where Manzoni spent his childhood and youth, at Villa Manzoni which is another must-see when visiting Lake Como. This territory, full of natural beauty with that branch of Lake Como and the mountains, was chosen by the writer to set his romantic novel.
Giuseppe Terragni attended the Technical College in Como then studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano university. He is considered one of the greatest architects of the 20th Century who with his works has changed the image of Italian cities.
It should be clear by now that planning an holiday to the amazing lake Como gives a very high chance to spot Celebrities in Como! Which one would you like to meet? Leave us a comment below.