Wedding at Villa Balbianello on Lake Como

Why Choose Lake Como for Your Wedding?

Lake Como, nestled in the Lombardy region of Italy, has long been a favorite destination for couples seeking a romantic and picturesque wedding. Its crystal-clear waters, lush greenery, and charming lakeside villages create an enchanting backdrop for your special day. But why should a couple from the United States consider Lake Como for their wedding? Let’s explore the reasons:

  1. Scenic Beauty: Lake Como is renowned for its breathtaking beauty. Imagine exchanging vows against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains, elegant villas, and serene waters. It’s a fairytale setting that will leave you and your guests in awe.
  2. Historic Charm: Villa Balbianello, our star wedding venue, dates back to the 18th century. This iconic villa has hosted intellectuals, artists, and even served as a backdrop for Hollywood movies like Star Wars and Casino Royale. Its rich history and timeless elegance make it a perfect choice for a destination wedding.
  3. Exclusivity: Villa Balbianello is managed by the Italian Environment Fund (FAI) and can be reserved exclusively for your wedding. Imagine having this stunning villa all to yourselves, surrounded by lush gardens, statues, and panoramic views of Lake Como.

Getting There and Accommodations

Reaching Lake Como

  • From the United States: Couples can fly into Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) or Milan Linate Airport (LIN). From there, it’s approximately a 1.5-hour drive to Lake Como.
  • Local Transportation: Once in Como, take a scenic ferry ride across the lake to reach Villa Balbianello. Alternatively, private boat transfers are available for a more personalized experience.

Where to Stay

  • Luxury Hotels: Lake Como offers a range of luxury hotels, including the iconic Grand Hotel Tremezzo, CastaDiva Resort & Spa, and the elegant Villa d’Este. These properties provide world-class amenities and stunning lake views.
  • Charming B&Bs: For a more intimate experience, consider staying at boutique bed-and-breakfasts like Borgo Le Terrazze in Bellagio. Wake up to panoramic lake vistas and personalized service.

The Villa Balbianello Experience

  • Ceremony Locations: Exchange vows in the charming Loggia Durini or the church square within Villa Balbianello. Civil ceremonies or symbolic blessings can take place here. Catholic ceremonies are held in nearby churches.
  • Reception Spaces: Enjoy an aperitivo on the Terrazzo Canfora, followed by a reception in the Loggia Segrè or the Terrace by the Lake. In case of rain, two covered areas are available.

Other Lake Como Wedding Venues

  • Villa Erba: A grand estate with lush gardens and lake views, perfect for large weddings.
  • Villa Cipressi: A neoclassical villa in Como, ideal for elegant celebrations.

Cost and Advantages

  • Cost: While Lake Como weddings can be an investment, the memories created are priceless. Costs vary based on guest count, season, and venue choice.
  • Advantages:
    • Unforgettable Setting: Your wedding photos will be a work of art against Lake Como’s natural beauty.
    • Intimate Experience: Share this magical moment with your closest family and friends.
    • Cultural Immersion: Explore charming towns, savor Italian cuisine, and enjoy the dolce vita.


A wedding at Villa Balbianello on Lake Como is more than an event; it’s a lifelong memory. Whether you’re exchanging vows, celebrating with loved ones, or simply soaking in the romance, Lake Como promises an unforgettable experience. Begin your happily ever after in this dreamy corner of Italy.