By Cailey Rizzo
June 24, 2019
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Over the weekend, the Obama family partook in the fairly typical tradition of staying with friends at their home. But because it’s the Obamas, the friends in question are George and Amal Clooney and the house is a villa on the coast of Lake Como.

Barack, Michelle, Malia and Sasha arrived at Villa Oleandra (the name of the Clooney household) on June 21, ahead of their appearance at the Clooney Foundation for Justice dinner on June 22.

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During the Obamas’ visit, the mayor of Laglio — the town where Clooney is an honorary citizen — has imposed a 300-foot exclusion zone around the villa. Any unauthorized person who passes within the zone will be subject to a fine of approximately $565, according to The Daily Mail.

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Numerous other security measures were put in place ahead of the former first family’s visit. The car park was closed off from public access. A nearby beach is also closed and pedestrians are banned from even walking past (typically the villa’s surrounding area is open to the public). Restrictions remained in place through Monday morning.

Clooney owns a total of four homes in the Lake Como region. On a normal day, Villa Oleandra is easy for the public to see — it’s even available to rent from $568 per night.

The Clooneys have hosted several other famous friends at the villa, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Brad Pitt and Bono — although none of those other famous visitors has necessitated such a high-profile security move.

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The Obamas drove to Lake Como from Milan, where they landed after a flight from Provence. While the family was in the South of France, they were rumored to have stayed at a farmhouse that runs with a pricetag of about $62,000 per week.

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