Want to live the way fashion royals do? In a surprising move from the owners, the stunning villa from Ridley Scott’s dramatic epic House of Gucci has been listed for rent on Airbnb, meaning you can now live out your Aldo Gucci fantasies. Located on the iconic Lake Como, in Northern Italy’s Lombardy region, Villa Balbiano is a lavish indictment of European excess, and it has a price tag to match. The House of Gucci villa will set you back a cool AUD$1,587.98 per night, a small price to pay for refined opulence.
In the film, the villa is home to Al Pacino’s Aldo Gucci, former chairman of the iconic fashion house and eldest son of founder Guccio, however, its history is far richer. Dating back to the late 16th century, the walls of Villa Balbiano house many secrets. During the 18th century, Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini famously hosted a number of banquets and special events presided over by various members of the Roman Catholic Church. It was here that the property gained acclaim, becoming a proverbial gallery for high-end art.
In its present state, the property maintains many of the original architectural elements, from the baroque frescoes built in the 17th century to the intricate stair and hallway designs. However, there have been some updates. Set across three floors, the property’s six luxurious bedrooms have each been fully renovated by French decorator Jacques Garcia.
From you moment you enter the iconic building, you’re greeted with a certain level of mystery. The open lobby is littered with original design features that sweep through to the dining area, library, winter garden and three salons, all highlighted by antique marble flooring. But the real winner here is the view. As evidenced in the new Ridley Scott film, the first floor of Villa Balbiano boasts an unparalleled view of Lake Como, from the master suite, studio and master bathroom.
But while the villa itself is scoring some serious interest online, the reaction to the movie itself is starkly different. Critics aren’t too fond of the new Ridley Scott directed, Adam Driver and Laday gaga-led epic, but that pales in comparison to the actual Gucci family’s assessment. In a statement issued on Monday obtained by Variety, Aldo Gucci said the Guccis were perturbed by the lack of consultation from filmmakers while describing their portrayal as “thugs, ignorant and insensitive to the world around them”.
“This is extremely painful from a human point of view and an insult to the legacy on which the brand is built today,” the statement read. Nevertheless, House of Gucci has exceeded expectations at the box office, taking home USD$22 million (AUD$30 million) over its first weekend in the US alone. With results like that, maybe a few more trips to Lake Como are in order for the filmmakers.
You’ll also like:
For $23,000 Per Night, You Can Rent Karl Lagerfeld’s French Riviera Villa
The King of Las Vegas’ $32 Million Mansion is Up for Grabs
$44 Million Toorak Mansion Smashes Australian Auction Record