If your Lake Como wedding dream is opulent and glamorous Villa Erba is the ideal choice. Couples looking for a grand, prestigious venue with exclusive ambiance will find at Villa Erba the perfect setting for a stylish and spectacular wedding on the shores of Lake Como.
Location: Cernobbio Nearest Airport: Milano Malpensa (MPX) 45 min. drive Wedding Ceremonies: Civil, symbolic, non-Catholic religions, Catholic blessing Wedding Receptions: Up to 400 seated guests Access: By boat (private pier), car, helicopter (private helipad) Accommodation: No onside accommodation. A variety of Hotels close by. Closest luxury hotel: Hotel Villa D'Este, Cernobbio
Music time restrictions: None Fireworks: Can be fired from the Villa's grounds or from the lake with a pontoon
A Lake Como wedding at Villa Erba is glamorous
Villa Erba, also called the Antique Villa, is the largest and one of the most prestigious and opulent location that Lake Como offers. It is surrounded by a magnificent botanical garden with impressive century-old trees and collections of azaleas, hydrangeas and colourful flowerbeds. Villa Erba is ideal for large wedding events and for high end celebrations that last all night.
The luxuriously decorated and frescoed rooms of the two story villa are connected by an imposing, sumptuous Staircase that opens into the famous Ballroom called Atrium, with spectacular glass ceiling. The Staircase is used as perfect backdrop for an impressive first dance entrance of the bride and groom to recreate the unique fin de siecle feeling of an aristocratic ball.
The magnificent grand staircase, the chandeliers, the paintings, the stuccos, the coloured ceramic floors, the sculptures and the luxurious woods all combine to create the stunning, historical atmosphere of this exceptional Villa that reflects the Italian love of beauty and art.
Lake Como wedding ceremonies at Villa Erba
Civil, symbolic, Non-Catholic religious ceremonies and Catholic blessings are possible at Villa Erba in combination with a wedding reception. Outdoor wedding ceremonies are celebrated at the lake Darsena or in the splendid Park of the Villa, offering breathtaking lake views to your special moment. Indoor wedding ceremonies are set in the sumptuous Atrium of the Villa, its magnificent windowed ceiling creates an astonishing setting for a memorable wedding ceremony. A rich aperitif on the Villa's lake front Terrace follows the ceremony, elegant prelude to the lavish seated dinner.
Lake Como Wedding receptions at Villa Erba
Because of the villa’s sweeping architectural and interior features, the right ambience is created for any occasion, whether it is a large party or a small gathering. Villa Erba can accommodate wedding celebrations and private events up to 400 seated guests. The welcome aperitif is served on the splendid Terrace overlooking Lake Como and the seated dinner is served inside the frescoed lake front Halls. The cutting of the cake, with a dessert buffet, can be organized outdoors with a surprising video mapping show or magical firework display fired from the lake or from the villa's grounds.
The dancing at Villa Erba takes place in the sumptuous Ballroom, there is no time limit for music and celebrations. If you wish to celebrate your wedding at Lake Como by dancing the night away you can do so at Villa Erba.
The villa offers a private dock, private heliport and private parking; therefore, arrival by water, air and land is feasible.
Villa Erba has been the set of several famous movies, such as “Ocean’s Twelve” and “The Luzhin Defense.” Gwen Stefani's music video "Cool" was also filmed at Villa Erba.
No overnight accommodations are available at the villa. A beautiful room on the first floor is at the couple’s disposal during the reception for changing/touch ups. Several hotels are within walking distance of the villa.
Renowned for being the home of Luchino Visconti, the famous Italian film director, Villa Erba was designed at the end of the 19th Century, with a Mannerist inspiration, which gives a dramatic impression of opulence.
1816 - The property is purchased by the Peluso family, already owner of Villa d’Este, and is turned into an aristocratic residence.
1898-1901 - Villa Erba, status symbol of the family's wealth, is completed and is dedicated to Luigi's beloved wife, Anna Brivio. The Erbas often host artists, distinguished guests and celebrities from the political and industrial world.
1920 - On her parents’ death, Carla Erba, who got married to the Duke Visconti, inherits the property. She spends her summer months there together with her seven sons, one of whom is Luchino Visconti. The social life at the Villa is always vibrant with receptions and cultural events.
1972 - Luchino Visconti, at the peak of his career and struck by an illness, retreats in convalescence to Villa Erba and finishes the editing of Ludwig.
1986 - The Visconti heirs sell the Villa and most of the estate to a public consortium, aimed at building the Exhibition and Congress Centre.
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