Luxury, exclusivity, complete privacy, timeless elegance and fascinating history
are the key words to describe the unique beauty of Villa Pliniana. This magnificent
16th century Italian Palazzo, build right on the water, offers mesmerizing lake views
and unrivalled romantic scenary. The famous Pliniana spring, an intermittent water
source that was described for the first time by Pliny the elder, a naturalist and
philosopher of the Roman Empire, gives the name to this legendary venue.
Location: Torno. Nearest Airport: Milano Malpensa (MPX) 1 hour drive. Wedding Ceremonies: Civil, symbolic, non-Catholic religions, Catholic blessing. Wedding Receptions: up to 100 seated guests without marquee. Access: by boat (private pier), car, helicopter (private helipad) Accommodation: Villa Pliniana can accommodate 39 guests in 18 suites (apartments
and villas). Closest luxury hotel: Il Sereno Lago di Como. Music time restrictions: None. Fireworks: can be fired from the lake with a pontoon.
Lake Como wedding ceremonies at Villa Pliniana
Civil, symbolic, non-Catholic religions and Catholic blessing ceremonies can be performed
outdoors or indoors at Villa Pliniana. The outdoor ceremony can take place in the historical
Loggia or in the romantic garden. The Salone Bellini, one of the two magnificent ballrooms,
can host an indoor ceremony for up to 120 seated guests. All the spaces enjoy spectacular
Lake Como wedding receptions at Villa Pliniana
Wedding receptions can take place indoor in the sumptuous Salone Rossini, the Villa's
largest ballroom, or outdoor on the lake terrace or in the garden. The spaces are ideal for
wedding receptions up to 100 guests without the use of a marquee. Larger wedding
parties are possible with the addition of a marquee on the lake terrace or in the garden.
Villa Pliniana, historical background
The majestic Villa Pliniana is one of the oldest villas of Lake Como. It was built in 1574
(completed in 1577) by architect Giovanni Antonio Piotta for Count Giovanni Anguissola –
the then Governor of Como.
The count named it after ancient Roman naturalists Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger,
natives of Como, who first described the unexplainable phenomenon of the property's
intermittent water source. The extraordinary phenomenon of the ebb and flow was of such
interest that Leonardo da Vinci visited the site in 1498 to study the source.
Unfortunately, Count Anguissola died in 1578, a year after the villa was completed.
Through the centuries the villa went through alternated periods of great splendor and
abandonment. The Visconti, the Canarisi and the Belgiojoso are among families who
contributed to the splendor époques of the Villa.
Many famous guests over the years visited the Pliniana: among them the poet Percy
Shelley, who left a wonderful description of the villa, Gioacchino Rossini who composed
Tancredi in the villa itself , Napoleon whom is said to have played on the still existing
billiard, Antonio Fogazzaro who adopted the villa as the set of his novel Malombra, later
transformed by Mario Soldati into an homonymous movie in 1942 set in the villa itself.
Since 1983, Villa Pliniana has been owned by the Ottolenghi family. Patient restoration
work taking almost thirty years has finally been completed and the villa - now one of the
lake’s most luxurious and exclusive resorts- is available to host exclusive events.
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