The Best Wedding Venues & Villas in Lake Como, Italy

You’ll find some of the most grand and luxurious wedding venues on the tranquil waters of Lake Como! 

Known for its natural beauty Lake Como has historically served as the summer home to the aristocracy. The magnificent villas that line the shores of Lake Como are enriched by the enchanting views. However, once inside the walls of these villas, you’ll find Italian frescos, centuries-old antique furniture, and all of the charm and delight needed for a whimsical wedding day. I’ve rounded up 5 of the best wedding venus that Lake Como has to offer and I’m sharing details and an insider’s look, below!

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Villa Sola Cabiati

An ideal location for an elegant wedding Villa Sola Cabiati was the summer home of the Dukes of Serbelloni. During this time the villa was a spectacular palace of decadance.

Villa Sola Cabiati is the picturesque vision of Italian elegance, hosting weddings and providing accommodations for overnight guests. Consequently, your wedding guests will marvel at the villa’s Baroque architecture upon their arrival. While delighting in the polished Italian-style gardens, and panoramic views of Lake Como.

Villa Sola Cabiati works with its couples to arrange weddings ranging from intimate to elaborate. For a larger-sized wedding day, the perfectly manicured Italian gardens of Villa Sola Cabiati seats up to 180 guests. Of course, in the event of rain, the villa will move your reception indoors.

For overnight accommodations, the villa houses a total of 6 suites that can accommodate up to 12 guests. Correspondingly, overnight guests have full hotel services and a fully dedicated staff. Additionally, the gardens to the rear of the villa make an optimal location for the perfect post-wedding brunch or pool party! For more information on reserving private dining in the frescoes or the relics and antiques found at the Villa, read this post!

Villa Erba

By far, one of the largest wedding venues in Lake Como! Villa Erba is a grand and luxurious wedding venue in Lake Como, with a total space of over 100,000 sqm! While the sheer size of Villa Erba is sure to impress, not to be overlooked is its grand architecture, palatial interiors, ornate ceilings, and gilded décor. Thus creating an atmosphere befitting of royalty and aristocracy.

The ivy-covered castle offers its couples and their guests an isolated type of privacy. The maximum capacity of the villa’s ballroom can entertain up to 500 guests. Altogether making Villa Erba an ideal choice for couples with an extensive guest list! Although Villa Erba is not licensed for legally binding ceremonies, you may still have a symbolic blessing of your union.

Villa Erba is accessible by water boat, which makes for a truly grand entrance on your wedding day! Additionally, Villa Erba offers up their private dock where you can moor your boat, motorboat, or yacht! Your guests will be able to enter the villa by way of land via a road that connects to the villa’s awe-inspiring gardens.

The villa’s magnificent size and opulent interior ensure the most breathtaking wedding day under any condition. For overnight accommodations, you will have to look to the neighboring village of Cernobbio. Here you will find a plethora of B&B’s and also lovely hotels. You’ll also be happy to know that Villa D’Este is nearby and makes an amazing choice for overnight accommodations! Undeniably, one of the most enchanting aspects of your Villa Erba wedding will be closing out the night with a fireworks display! For more detailed information on planning a wedding at Villa Erba wedding in Lake Como, click here!

Villa d’Este

Villa d’Este is one of the most peaceful wedding venues in Lake Como surrounded by a 10-hectare private park! All in all, Villa d’Este has a long history. Specifically, it is one of the world’s most established luxury hotels. If the walls of Villa d’Este could speak they would tell stories of traveling royals, sultans, and noblemen. This exquisite and luxurious Villa that has entertained aristocracy and the creme de la creme of society is now an opulent fairytale wedding venue in Lake Como.

Villa d’Este caters to grand weddings with extensive guest lists, with 152 hotel rooms and a selection of private and superior villas, your guests will all be able to find accommodations on site. Your guests will enjoy the floating pool as they sip on champagne and bathe under the sun.

Locations on-site at Villa d’Este for your wedding ceremony include the beautiful and luxurious Mosaic Garden Symbolic, perfect for a grand wedding. The Terrace Mantero is located on the water and best suited for small and medium-size weddings.

Indoor locations for your wedding reception include Sala Ciani, Sala Impero, Sala Colonne, Sala Napoleone. With each option accommodating varying guest counts. Villa d’Este is known primarily for its beautiful gardens, exquisite cuisine, gala celebrations, impeccable décor, and extraordinary hospitality.  It’s no surprise that its sophistication has charmed and delighted the notable names that have graced its halls. If Villa d’Este sounds like an idyllic wedding venue for you, you can read more about planning your wedding here.

Villa Balbiano

Villa Balbiano has been voted the most prestigious venue on Lake Como by Harpers Bazaar and Vogue US. Italian frescos are known the world over for their astonishing intricacy, and for translating the simple act of walking into a room, into a transporting experience. Villa Balbiano has undergone a full, meticulous refurbishment of their original frescos accented by furnishings of rare and beautiful antiques. Making it the perfect venue for a lavish wedding because it provides their couples with all the charm of Italian history.

Villa Balbiano sits on the western shore of Lake Como. It is lavish and surrounded by a century-old park and immaculate Italian gardens. As a matter of fact, Villa Balbiano is considered the largest private residence on Lake Como. With the ability to host up to 200 wedding day guests. For a fairytale wedding day come true, your ceremony will take place on their 3 acres of lawns and gardens. Each location on the grounds provides a panoramic view of Lake Como. If you wish to turn your Lake Como wedding into an experience, the lakeside garden is a private ceremony location. Your guests will access the lakeside garden by boat, thus filling them with an overwhelming sense of awe-inspiring beauty. To plan your Villa Balbiano wedding day, you can click here for even more details!

Villa del Balbianello

As far as rare and exquisite wedding venues in Lake Como, you’ll find the facade of Villa del Balbianello, stretched across Lake Como, perfectly fits the description.

Arrival at Villa del Balbianello is only by private boat! Can you imagine the experience of arriving by boat on your wedding day? Upon your arrival, the wrought iron gates of the villa will open and set the precedence for your enchanting and whimsical wedding day.

Scenic and bustling, you’ll find sycamores, classical Italian statues, and, in particular, lined picturesque paths. In the spring and summer months, you’ll find magnolias, azaleas, rhododendrons, and hydrangeas in full bloom. Making each corner of the villa illustrious.

The villa provides rooms for their couples to get ready in on the day of their wedding, but they do not offer overnight accommodations. However, there are many neighboring accommodations that you can check in to. In fact, Grand Hotel Tremezzo is highly recommended!

Civil, symbolic, and non-Catholic wedding ceremonies can be performed on the grounds of the villa. For couples choosing civil ceremonies, you have the option of outdoor or indoor locations. Civil weddings performed at the villa are legally binding marriages. With the villa’s in-house wedding planner assists couples with all of the legal requirements necessary.

For wedding receptions of up to 40 guests, you may choose to set up under the Loggia. The elegant Loggia Segré accommodates wedding receptions with up to 80 seated guests. Finally, wedding receptions of up to 150 guests may take place on the lakefront terrace. 

If you are in love with Villa del Balbianello, but it is out of reach for your wedding, you have the option of scheduling a photoshoot on the grounds!

Villa del Balbianello is the only wedding venue on Lake Como that offers the option of a non wedding day, photoshoot!

Villa del Balbianello, which looks as if it is rising out of the water, provides magnificent views for any couple choosing this location for their vows. Additionally, you can find more specifics on a Villa del Balbianello wedding day, at this link!!

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

While not a wedding villa, Grand Hotel Tremezzo neighbors Villa del Balbianello and makes a remarkable choice in Lake Como for overnight accommodations! You’ll also find that Grand Hotel Tremezzo offers up its spa, bars, and restaurants to guests who opt to spend the night at Villa Sola Cabiati! Tremezzo prides itself on providing you with an unforgettable experience in the fresh air of Lake Como. Their chefs create authentic flavors synonymous with the area and in just within walking distance you will find some of the best shops. Here you can book lake excursions, explore the Basilica di Sant’Abbondio or hear your footsteps echo in the Duomo. For more information on your stay at Grand Hotel Tremezzo, click here!

Thinking about booking one of these opulent wedding venues on Lake Como? It would be an honor to make your dreams come true!

Learn more about the experience of working with me or contact me today!