There are some places in the world that are so beautiful and special that you have to see them with your own eyes to believe them. Villa del Balbianello is one of those places. It is a stunning villa on a small peninsula on Lake Como, with a panoramic view of the water and the mountains. It is a place where history, art, and nature come together in perfect harmony. It is a place where dreams come true.
We had the privilege of visiting this place with our dear friends and lovely Ortega family, who wanted to do a photo shoot in Italy. We’ve been friends since decades ago and it was so much fun to not only have photographed them, but travel with them later on in Switzerland (post coming soon!). When they told us about their idea, we were over the moon. We love Italy, and we love photography. And we love the idea of photographing a beautiful family at Villa del Balbianello.
We started planning months ahead, and when the day arrived, we took a private boat to the villa, feeling like movie stars. And we were not the only ones. The villa has been used as a filming location for several blockbuster movies, such as Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Casino Royale. You can see why when you get there. The villa is so elegant and charming, with its 18th century architecture and its exquisite garden. The garden is full of exotic plants, statues, and topiaries, creating a romantic and whimsical atmosphere. The highlight of the garden is the Loggia Durini, a graceful pavilion that offers the best view of the lake and the mountains.
We had so much fun taking photos at the villa, trying to capture its beauty and our joy. We explored every corner of the garden, finding different angles and backgrounds for our shots. It was not easy to take photos at the villa, though. The villa was very crowded, as it is a popular tourist attraction. We had to be patient and creative, waiting for the right moment to snap our pictures without too many people in them, and of course work our photoshop! But it was 100%worth it. The photos turned out amazing, and we are so happy with them. Check out the end of the post, where you’ll see the Star Wars scene and more info about it 🙂
The last photo on this set is one of our favorites. It is where the Star Wars scene happened, where Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala got married in secret. We wanted to recreate that scene with our friends, as a tribute to one of our favorite movies. We asked them to stand on the edge of the loggia, holding hands and looking into each other’s eyes. Then we took the shot.
It was perfect.
We are so grateful for this experience, and for our friends who shared it with us. We feel like we took a little piece of this villa with us, with all of the memories that we captured. We will never forget this place, and how it made us feel.
We hope you enjoyed reading about our family portrait photos at Villa del Balbianello. We hope you get inspired to visit this place someday, and see for yourself how amazing it is. You will not regret it.
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