George Clooney’s love affair with Italy goes back to 2002, when he purchased a lavish villa on the shores of Lake Como as an investment. Nearly two decades later, the movie star has done more than just appreciate the scenic beauty of the country’s northern reaches — he’s gone on to embrace all aspects, and corners, of the country.
These days it’s not uncommon to see candid paparazzi shots of Clooney and his powerhouse wife, Amal Alamuddin, sipping on Italian wine, buzzing around on vespas and swirling pasta with A-list celebs at the country’s best establishments. The couple even hosted their glamorous wedding in the country, and have welcomed royalty to their Lake Como estate.
Nothing Clooney does in Italy is done in half measures; the movie star cash affords him a particularly opulent lifestyle. And yet in spite of his full embrace of la dolce vita, he’s unsurprisingly handled it all with his own inimitable, and somewhat aspirational, sense of grace and style.
Here's how to enjoy an Italian adventure with that patented Clooney panache.