Lake Como wedding venue Villa del Balbianello

Affirm your love in a spectacular setting, at splendid Villa del Balbianello on the shores of Lake Como. ForeverAmoreWeddings specializes in organizing exquisite lake Como weddings at Villa Balbianello. This villa is the most spectacular location in Lake Como and one of the most beautiful and enchanting wedding venues worldwide.


Location: Tremezzina, Lenno
Nearest Airport: Milano Malpensa (MPX) 70 min. drive
Wedding Ceremonies: Civil, symbolic, non-Catholic religions, Catholic blessing
Wedding Receptions: Up to 150 seated guests with marquee
Access: By boat (private pier)
Accommodation: A bridal suite can be booked on request for the wedding night. A variety of Hotels close by. Closest luxury hotel: Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Tremezzo , Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio
Music time restrictions: 02:00 am
Fireworks: can be fired from the lake with a pontoon

A Lake Como wedding at Villa del Balbianello is unique

Villa Balbianello is the most spectacular location at Lake Como and one of the most beautiful and enchanting wedding venues worldwide. The main access to the villa is by water. The approach and the arrival at the villa’s harbour is an unforgettable, mesmerizing experience for the bride and groom as well as the guests.

Lake Como wedding ceremonies at Villa del Balbianello

Civil wedding ceremonies, symbolic and religious blessings can be performed outdoors or indoors at Villa Balbianello, according to the number of guests following spaces are available:
  • The Church Terrace, located on first level of the Balbianello estate. This terrace is ideal for ceremonies up to 70 guests
  • The Panoramic Lake Terrace, under the famous giant oak tree. The Lake Terrace is the ideal solution for ceremonies with 100 or more guests
  • The splendid Arched Loggia (Loggia Durini), with its breathtaking views of Lake Como and Bellagio. The Arched Loggia is ideal to accommodate ceremonies with max 65 guests
  • The Canfora Terrace located between the Arched Loggia an the Villa. The Upper Terrace is the ideal solution for ceremonies up to 100 guests
  • The Terrace Segrè, ideal for ceremonies up to 70 guests

All the spaces enjoy spectacular lake views. Indoor ceremonies take place in the Celebration Hall of the Loggia Segrè or in the Library room of the Arched Loggia.

Villa Balbianello is a museum, open to the public from mid-March to mid-November, 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. (closed Mondays and Wednesdays). On Mondays and Wednesdays (or all other days after 6.00 pm) the villa can be rented for exclusive use of the wedding party.

Wedding ceremonies (and aperitif to follow, when required) with up to 50 guests can take place all week, also while the villa is open to visitors, in:
  • The Arched Loggia: while the villa is open to visitors the Arched Loggia remains of exclusive use of the wedding party. Privacy is guaranteed for 20 minutes, the ceremony's duration.
  • The Loggia Segrè: while the villa is open to visitors the Loggia Segrè remains of exclusive use of the wedding party. Privacy is guaranteed for 20 minutes, the ceremony's duration.

Wedding ceremonies with more than 50 guests can take place on Mondays or Wednesdays. All other days the wedding can be celebrated after 6.00 pm, upon closure of the museum.

Town Hall fee for a civil wedding ceremony at Villa del Balbianello for non residents is 1.800 euro (2.000 euro on sunday and Italian public holidays).

It is possible for an aperitif to immediately follow the ceremony and to continue with a lavish outdoor reception.

Please note, the rental fee does not include any service, only the use of the spaces.
Rental fees for the season 2018
Rental fees for the season 2019

Wedding receptions at Villa del Balbianello
Wedding receptions for up to 150 guests take place in:
  • Loggia Segrè: the Celebration Hall of the Loggia Segrè, with magnificent lake views, can accommodate up to 80 seated guests. The Terrace Segrè, with breathtaking views over the Balbianello estate and the gulfs of Venus and Diana, can accomodate up to 70 seated guests. The Loggia Segrè can accommodated a total of 150 seated guests.
  • The Panoramic Lake Terrace: the romantic Panoramic Lake Terrace is the ideal solution for large wedding receptions. The hiring of a marquee is mandatory. Max capacity of the Panoramic Lake Terrace is 150 seated guests.

The rental of the villa includes the use of the spaces for:
  • a maximum of two hours for a wedding ceremony
  • a maximum of three hours for a wedding ceremony followed by an aperitif
  • a maximum of six hours for a reception (6.00 p.m. to midnight); this rental can include the ceremony
  • It is possible to prolong the celebration for two additional hours, until 02:00 a.m.

No overnight accommodation is available at Villa Balbianello for the guests. An elegant and romantic bridal suite can be booked for the wedding night. For elderly guests attending the reception, a room can be reserved for relaxation.

Please contact us for further information regarding a wedding at Villa Balbianello.

Villa del Balbianello, historical background

Built in 1787, on the site of a Franciscan monastery for Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini, the villa stands on the edge of a wooded peninsula on the western shore of the southwestern leg of the lake. After several owners, it had fallen into a state of disrepair and was rescued in the early 1900’s by an American military officer and politician named Butler Ames, who renovated the villa and its magnificent gardens.

But it was its last owner, Count Guido Monzino, who brought the villa to life. A Milanese entrepreneur and explorer (he led the first Italian expedition to climb Mount Everest), Monzino purchased the villa in 1974, continuing the restoration and decoration of the villa and gardens and filling it with collections and artifacts from his adventures. The top floor of the villa is now a private museum housing his collections, such as this one of ancient Inuit objects made of rare whale tooth, commendations and medals he received from the Italian government.

When Monzino died in 1988, he left the villa to the Fondo per l’Ambiente Italiano (FAI), the National Trust of Italy, with the only provison that he be buried there.

Over the years the villa has appeared in many movies including Star Wars (Episode II Attack of the Clones) and Casino Royale, the Bond film from 2006.

Pictures shown on this page by: Keda Z, Gabriele Basilico, Steve Tarling, François Eikenberry, Flavio Bandiera, Paolo Soave, Roland Koller.

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