Actually named Villa Balbiano, the iconic palazzo on the western shore of Lake Como belongs to Al Pacino’s character (Aldo Gucci) in the film, and plays host to a Gucci family gathering for his birthday.
IRL, the villa dates back to the end of the 16th century, when Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio had it built as his main residence. A century later, it was also famously inhabited by Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini, who used it to treat Italian intellectuals to festivals, banquets, and dances.
Nowadays, Villa Balbiano is filled with enough glamorous furniture and objets d’art to rival the lavish ensembles of House of Gucci’s Patrizia Reggiani. According to its Airbnb listing, the six-bedroom, six-bathroom house promises to: “transport viewers to the height of 90s Italian opulence.”
However, that opulence comes at a price, reflecting the crime film’s high fashion milieu (which, alongside Reggiani, includes the Gucci family’s Maurizio and Paolo Gucci, played by Adam Driver and Jared Leto). One night will set you back $1128 (or nearly £850), for which you’ll be granted access to the first three floors, accessible by private elevator.
If you do have that kind of money lying around, you might also have to fend off competition, as for now the villa is only available for one night (March 30, 2022). Booking opens December 6, 2021, at 12pm EST. Find the listing here.
Villa Balbiano also makes a brief appearance in the first trailer for House of Gucci — revisit that here, and take a look at the house below.