When we think of a dreamlike place that has everything to offer luxury destination weddings, we think of Lake Como in Italy. Lake Como (or Lago di Como as the Italian say) is the 3rd largest lake in Italy; with its beautiful luxurious wedding venues, its delicious cuisine and breathtaking views and landscapes, Lake Como is one of the world's top luxury wedding destinations.
When visiting Lake Como you will be amazed by its fantastic hillsides and shorelines, not to mention the mesmerizing wedding venues - from historical villas to amazing restaurants, Lake Como has it all.
No wonder that many Hollywood movies were filmed at Lake Como such as "007 Cassino Royale", "Ocean’s Twelve", "Murder Mystery" and even "Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones".
Many celebrities have also chosen Lake Como as their wedding destination, Chrissy Teigen and John Legen got married at Villa Pizzo, while Laura Smith and James Farmer got married at Villa Del Balbianello on Lake Como. Other celebrities, such as George and Amal Clooney, have properties on Lake Como and often spend their summer days in this charming place.
Lake Como is absolutely the spot with the most legendary Italian villas that are now open for hosting spectacular weddings and special events. Below is a list of the top villas in Lake Como which could be rented out for destination weddings.
1) Villa Balbianello
Villa Balbianello is without a doubt one of the most luxurious and prestigious wedding venues in Lake Como. The setting is flawless and delightful to the eyes: Manicured trees and shrubs cascading towards the blue waters of Lago di Como, terraces, flowerbeds, a splendid staircase, an old church and loggias.
Villa del Balbianello is situated in the comune of Lenno, Italy, overlooking Lake Como. It is located on the tip of the small wooded peninsula of Dosso d'Avedo on the western shore of the south-west branch of Lake Como, not far from the Isola Comacina and is famous for its elaborate terraced gardens.
The 18th century mansion consists of a structure of 2 splendid buildings, surrounded by fantastic gardens. The villa was the set of many famous films, including "A month to the Lake" and "James Bond: Casino Royale". George Lucas decided to set "Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones" there too.
2) Villa Erba
An exclusive property with immense botanical gardens located in the chic neighborhood of Cernobbio in Lake Como. Villa Erba has hosted some of the most exclusive events in the world (Hollywood movie Ocean’s Twelve was shot there) and up-scale weddings from around the world.
The heart of the Villa is a cathedral hall, surrounded by dramatic stone balconies. With its ancient frescoes, its ornate ceilings and lavish interior, it certainly provides the perfect set for a luxury wedding. If you are looking for a great location, customizable in terms of style, capacity and creativity, you will find a variety of spaces at Villa Erba: the Convention Centre Le Serre, the Villa itself, the centuries-old Park and the Galoppatoio (horse track).
3) Villa d'Este
Villa d'Este is an opulent hotel overlooking Lake Como. Lushly landscaped gardens (25 acres), breathtaking views, award-winning cuisine, best in class service and luxurious rooms make Villa d’Este the premier setting for the most memorable day of your life.
Villa d’Este is considered one of the most beautiful architectural works of the 16th century. It is surrounded by a private park with centennial plants where you can admire the Nympheum by Pellegrino Pellegrini, the Hercules Fountain and the Telemachus Statue. In its halls you can admire fascinating works of art including some from the French school, others from the Canova school and decorations by Andrea Appiani.
4) Villa Pizzo
Villa Pizzo, was built between the charming villages of Cernobbio and Moltrasio. On July 9, 1435, Giovanni Muggiasca, a merchant of Como, acquired a vast land that was rich in vineyards and olive groves, not far from town, stretching from the shore of the lake till the peak of the hills, crossing Via Regina, the main road serving the entire Lake Como.
Its pink and sun-bleached peach facade make it one of the prettiest villas in the area. This is why Hollywood's couple, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, chose Villa Pizzo for their dream wedding.
5) Villa Sola Cabiati
Villa Sola Cabiati is all about art and architecture. Experience the magic of the Lake in the opulent style that has enchanted the most illustrious global travelers for over 3 centuries. The spirit of indulgence extends to the flowering Italian garden with direct views over the waters, the park bursting with scented trees, and the beautiful outdoor pool, making Villa Sola Cabiati the ideal place for reliving the decadent history of the Lake. It is famous for being one of the most stunning villas in Lake Como.
6) Villa Pliniana
A stunning 16th century Italian Palazzo set on 18 waterfront acres on Lake Como. The private estate features 18 bedrooms, a private boat dock, helicopter landing pad, a spa, vast gardens and Sereno Hotels services.
The team at Villa Pliniana caters for your entire stay, from setup to clean up. Professionally trained waiters, chefs and support staff ensure your Lake Como wedding passes with effortless bliss. The Villa is comprised of individual buildings, each boasting breathtaking, classical architecture, sure to provide you with the most unforgettable setting for a wedding ceremony, aperitivo and reception dining experience.
Villa Regina Teodolinda
The unique and elegant charm of this luxury lakeside Villa makes it a perfect choice for a wedding celebration, private party or business event.
On Lake Como Queen Teolinda got married twice, maybe, for this reason, the Villa is frequently chosen to celebrate intimate and exclusive weddings and to live unforgettable honeymoons.
This secret position and the lush gardens are the best backdrops for lakeside cocktails, wedding banquets, and private dinners. Not to mention the stunning dining room and lounge spaces within the historic Villa.
Situated on the western shore of Lake Como, Villa Balbiano is an awe-inspiring Italian jewel, an exceptional historical palazzo that once belonged to the famous Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio, who built it at the end of 16th century and used it as his main residence.
Nowadays, Villa Balbiano is the largest private residence on the lake, occupying over 2 hectars, with extensive sumptuous garden, which was distinguished by the British Society of Garden Designers, outdoor swimming pool, a private pier, and a boathouse.
Listed among the most prestigious venues on Lake Como by Harpers Bazaar and Vogue US, Villa Balbiano is a perfect choice for any event: from a destination wedding to a glamorous party, from a private photo session to an intimate elopement. With its charming views across Lake Como to the distant mountains, its immense Italian garden, and a private pier, the Villa is a perfect backdrop for a fairytale wedding or celebration.
Villa Lario Resort
The exclusive use of Villa Lario Resort will make it possible to make your wedding the most unique. You and your guests will be able to enjoy all the venue’s internal and external areas.
The reception room and the veranda are able to accommodate 115 people. At the same time, it will also be possible to increase the capacity of up to 180 people by using the tent.
The “Gran Buffet” aperitif on the terrace overlooking the lake will give you a chance to enjoy Lake Como’s stunning view. The wide private park offers many other areas for your event: From Grand Gala marquee to the swimming pool and the natural caves on many levels.