The Clooney effect

Lago di ComoThe Clooney effect, that’s how they called the 40% increase of american tourists who visited our Lake of Como this summer.

Actually, since the Hollywood celebrity purchased Villa Oleandra in 2002, a 25-room 18th century villa in Laglio, a little village near Como, the attention of the international gossip-related press started to focus there and more recently in june the choice of Villa Erba as the location for some shots of the Ocean Twelve movie made the rest. 🙂

On local newspapers I’ve even read that our lake should become the Beverly Hills of Milan in the intentions of the provincial administration. Beverly Hills or not, american tourists are very welcome here, especially if they’ll bring their PDA with a copy of Ecpc to help them discover the secrets of the Euro coins and maybe start collecting them. 😉

I’ve never seen George Clooney in flesh and bones around here yet, but I’ve been curious enough to take a couple of pictures of his Villa Oleandra while I was biking around Laglio during the last may:

Villa Oleandra from the center of Laglio and the footbridge connecting the Villa to the upper section of Clooney’s estate.

Back to my software… do you want a little-big anticipation about the incoming version 1.4 of Ecpc? FREE VIEWER, that’s all I can say! :mrgreen:

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