Lake Como


Italy's most charming lake, will enchant you with breathtaking scenes. Famous for producing some of the finest silk in the world, Lake Como will surprise you with picturesque towns that skirt the lake, lakeside promenades, vividly painted houses and rooftops, boats sailing in tranquil blue water and villas that are meticulously manicured and surrounded with lush, landscaped botanical gardens. Welcome to the picture-perfect setting for your wedding in Italy!

A wedding in Lake Como means conjugating the very best of Italy: breathtaking views, elegance, world renowned art, lifestyle, great shopping and delicious cuisine.

Enjoy the possibility to marry outdoors, with a legally binding civil ceremony at some of the most spectacular villas in the world: Villa del Balbianello, Villa Cipressi and Villa Carlotta

The best season for a wedding in Lake Como is May to October.

Lake Como is a lake of glacial origin with a surface area of 146 km2. It is 50 km long and over 400 m deep, making it the third largest lake in Italy, after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore and one of the deepest lakes in Europe.
Lake Como is shaped like an inverted Y. The town of Como is at the tip of the lake's southwestern branch .
Como is only a few miles from the Swiss border and 20 minutes from Lugano.

The "Golden Triangle":

Bellagio
The "Pearl of the Lake," and perhaps one of the most scenic spots of Lake Como, is also known as one of the prettiest towns in Europe. Bellagio is the most famous resort on the lake and lies at the tip of the head of the lake where it splits into two branches. For centuries royals and aristocrats have come to Bellagio to spend their holiday and to build some of the most magnificent villas imaginable.

Varenna
Varenna is probably the most picturesque town on Lake Como, boasting steep, winding alleys, colorful houses and impressive villas. It is an elegant, yet laid back, quiet resort. Varenna is the perfect choice for couples seeking all the charm of an ancient fishing village and the relaxed atmosphere of this hideaway.

Menaggio
Its central position makes it a lively town with elegant shops, typical bars and restaurants and one of the most romantic, tree shaded and blooming lakeshore promenades. Menaggio has been a touristic retreat since the 19th century and has attracted the wealthy and the famous who build marvellous lakeside mansions, some of them have been converted into luxurious Grand Hotels.

Origins of the name
The hills surrounding Como have been inhabited, since the Bronze Age, by a Celtic tribe known as the Orobii.
Around the 1st century BC, the territory became subject to the Romans.

In 59 BC Julius Caesar founded Novum Comum (reverting to Comum) as a colonia to secure the region against the Alpine tribes, whom he had been unable to defeat. He imported a population of 4500 from other provinces to inhabit the region and 500 aristocratic Greeks to found Novum Comum itself.

Activities around Lake Como
Como and its surrounding area offers a great variety of leisure opportunities.
The lake is a true paradise for sports enthusiasts: superb tennis facilities, water skiing, diving, fishing, sailing and hiking, wind-surfing, free climbing, horse riding, swimming and even touring the lake on a seaplane or helicopter, can all be accessed from Como and its neighbouring villages.

Lake Como has several golf courses, the closest being an 18 hole, par 70 course in Menaggio, founded by a British gentleman in 1907.

Stroll along the many shops, cafes and restaurants or just relax and get pampered at one of the spas. Enjoy great Italian cuisine, sample excellent wines or attend cooking classes.

Take a cable car up to the local village of Brunate for fantastic views.

Travel over the panoramic Maloja Pass to Switzerland to board the Bernina Express train on which you will take in amazing views. St Moritz, the world famous, exclusive Swiss resort set beside a romantic lake and surrounded by magnificent mountains.

Shop for the latest fashion in Como town or Milan, of course with personal shopper on request.
Attend a spectacular performance at the world famous theatre " La Scala" in Milan, or visit the magnificent Duomo and the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie housing Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper.
Or simply indulge in dolce far niente, the sweetness of doing nothing...

How to reach Lake Como

By air:

Milano Malpensa - International flights
Follow directions for Milano (highway A8).
Take the A9 highway (direction Como-Chiasso) until you reach the Como Nord exit (the last exit before the Swiss border). At the first roundabout follow the directions for your desired destination in lake Como.
If your destination is Bellagio get off the highway at Como Sud exit and follow signs to Como Centro, then follow the signs to Bellagio.

Bergamo Orio al Serio - International flights
Follow the motor A4 direction Milano. From Milano follow the A9 highway (direction Como – Chiasso). Take the exit Como Nord (the last exit before the Swiss border).
At the first roundabout follow the directions for your desired destination in lake Como.
If your destination is Bellagio get off the highway at Como Sud exit and follow signs to Como Centro, then follow the signs to Bellagio.

Milan Linate - National flights and charters
Follow directions toward Como - Chiasso (highway A9) untill you reach the Como Nord exit (the last exit before the Swiss border).
At the first roundabout follow the directions for your desired destination in lake Como.
If your destination is Bellagio get off the highway at Como Sud exit and follow signs to Como Centro, then follow the signs to Bellagio.

By train
Como San Giovanni is the main railway station in Como town, connecting Northern and Southern European rail lines. There are hourly connections to Milan train station.

By limousine service
We are happy to organize for you limousine transfer services with qualified and professional drivers. Van and coaches also available upon request.

Private car
Highway A9 (Milan - Switzerland): Exit Como Nord and follow the directions for your desired destination in lake Como

By Lake Como navigation
Ferries, hydrofoils and steamboats link the major villages and towns of Lake Como


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