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Sep. 23 2010, Published 10:59 a.m. ET

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Find out why George Clooney’s stunning Northern Italian retreat has become the place to go for hollywood’s biggest stars.

You’d be forgiven for thinking there must be something in the water in Lake Como, Italy, because love seems to bloom here for the many A-listers who visit the picturesque area’s sweepingly romantic lakeside towns.Even bachelor — and honorary Lake Como local — George Clooney has found love with Italian beauty Elisabetta Canalis.

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She’s become a fixture at George’s lavish lakeside home, Villa Oleandra in Laglio, the venue for the star-studded July 10 wedding reception of George’s actor pals Emily Blunt and John Krasinski.

Lake Como has long been a hot vacation spot for European aristocrats, but when George bought his home there in 2002, the rest of Hollywood soon followed.

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In 2004, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were among the first visitors at George’s villa. Since then, Catherine Zeta-Jones and husband Michael Douglas, plus Matt Damon and wife Luciana have all become regulars.

The 30-mile-long lake and surrounding mountains offer endless opportunities for outdoor adventures. George spends his days cruising through the mountains by motorcycle, boating on the lake, picking up supplies in Laglio and shooting hoops with local kids. Also home to some of Italy’s finest cuisine — including polenta and fresh local fish — it’s little wonder celebs can’t get enough of George’s slice of paradise.

Just 30 miles north of Milan, Lake Como is easily accessible by road or rail from Milan’s Malpensa Airport. The Ferrovia Nord Milano train service operates hourly between Milan and Como (ferrovienord.it/en/).

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