What if I told you that you can visit one of the most beautiful planets in the Star Wars universe? That Naboo is actually less than 50 minutes from Milan by car? Would you go crazy like we did? I’m sure that you would. Bear with us while I explain exactly where it is and what you need to do to see the unique beauty of Naboo.
As a Star Wars mega fan, episode I and II were a huge disappointment. We all know it and nobody can contradict this fact. But you can’t denied that the iconic wedding scene in Naboo is incredibly pretty. You can actually oversee Hayden Christensen’s awful performance because Naboo’s landscape is so fascinating.
What is Naboo and where is it?
Naboo is a small planet with green mountains and fields and blue water. And you don’t need to take a spaceship to visit the planet since Naboo is less than 1 hour away from Lombardy’s capital, the super famous city of Milan. The name you’re looking for is Villa del Balbianello.
Located in one of the glacial lakes in Northern Italy, Villa del Balbianello was the place chosen to be Star Wars’ most beautiful planet. Lake Como is less than 1 hour by car from Milan towards Switzerland. To be more specific, it is the last exit before you leave Italy’s fashion capital.
Lake Como is so beautiful that well-known celebrities like George Clooney and Madonna have homes there.
How to get to Naboo
Our journey started in a delightful sunny day in Milan with our lovely friends Nick and Marg from The Crowded Planet. We hopped in Marg’s car and drove around 50 minutes from Lambrate to Naboo. There is an option to go by public transportation but it was our last day and we had a limited time frame to go and come back.
Besides the natural beauty of Lake Como, the whole journey to Villa del Balbianello is a must-see. One classical case of “It’s about the journey and not the destination“. All the tiny villages with the colorful medieval houses, the narrow streets, one on top the other, the terraces, the easy life, the people… It is a mix of nature and history that only Europe can deliver.
To get there from Milan all you need to do is get a train in Cadorna towards “Como – Staz. Autolinee” and from this station, hop in the bus Line C 10 all the way to Lenno. This bus comes every 60minutes and the train is every 30minutes.
From the bus stop to the entrance of Villa del Balbianello is approximately 10 min walking. The whole journey is 2 hours in total and will cost you around 10€ each way altogether.
Once you reach Naboo, you must park on the first spot you find. The further you go, since everything is super narrow, harder will be to make a turn. After you get your car in the right spot, you’ll be presented with 2 options: hike for 1 km or 3. We were super tired after the long week and we had no time to waste, we’ve chosen the shorter way. Both are outstandingly gorgeous, but the 3 km option is a bit more as far as we know.
How much is it?
Naboo is not for free to visit since it is part of FAI (Fond Ambienti Italiano). FAI is the organization responsible for restoration and maintenance of historical places in Italy. The day ticket for adults is 13€ and with 1 hour guide (English or Italian) is 17€. A bit pricy but for the work they do and the quality of their work, it is fair. A few years ago Villa del Balbianello was in ruins, now it is so well-preserved that Star Wars and Casino Royale were filmed there.
This Villa is older than you think, its inauguration was in 1787 and it was left to rot for years and years. Thanks to FAI you’re now able to experience this amazing location.
Please keep in mind that like most attractions in Europe, Villa del Balbianello is open from mid-March to mid-November. Every Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-6pm.
In total I think we needed a bit over 2 or 3 hours to see everything. From the terrace where Anakin and Padme got married to where Anakin stares into Naboo’s scenery. Villa del Balbianello was also the set for A Month by the Lake with Uma Thurman in 1995.
The Attack of the Clones is one of the worst movies ever made but if you’re a true Star Wars fan like me, you can’t miss.