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.

Getting married at 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 like for example Villa del Balbianello, Villa Carlotta, Villa Pliniana

The best season for a wedding in Lake Como is May to mid October, for an outdoor evening reception from mid June to late September.

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":

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 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.

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 BCJulius 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, helicopter or Ferrari, 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.

Enjoy shopping at Fox Town, a great outlet where 160 stores of the most prestigious brands for men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, sport articles, household goods and accessories are under the same roof. Shop for the latest fashion trends in Milan, of course with personal shopper on request.

Attend a spectacular performance at the world famous theatre La Scala (link 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...

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