Thinking about planning a destination wedding in Lake Como? We’ve rounded up 15 of the most fabulous villas to host an unforgettable wedding day for you and your guests!
1) Villa Erba
Grand, luxurious, and historic, Villa Erba is one of the largest wedding villas on Lake Como. Overall totaling 100,000 sqm! Needless to say, Villa Erba is the best wedding venue in Lake Como for any couple with a large guest list! Villa Erba’s ballroom has to capacity to seat up to 500 guests for your wedding reception. Additionally, they provide their couples exclusive use of the ballroom until 5 am. Villa Erba is private & tucked away from its neighbors. So you can keep the dance floor lit until the break of dawn!
Another fab fact about hosting your wedding at Villa Erba is that they provide their couples with an unforgettable entrance to their wedding day. You’ll arrive to your ceremony by boat! Talk about a grand entrance! And, if any of your guests happen to own or rent a boat or yacht during their visit, Villa Erba has a private dock where they can moor. Villa Erba does not provide on-site, accommodations. However, it is not located far from Villa D’Este which is a preferred location for overnight accommodations for couples and their guests. Villa Erba is not licensed for legally binding civil ceremonies. But, you do have the option of performing a symbolic blessing for your marriage.
2) Villa d’Este
Arguably one of the more well-known villas on this list! Villa d’Este enjoys a prime location stretched across the waters of Lake Como. Here you’ll find impeccable views and plenty of rooms, suites, and private villas for your guest’s overnight accommodations. In addition to its on-site amenities, Villa d’Este is one of the most peaceful wedding venues in Lake Como. Surrounded by a 10-hectare private park, Villa d’Este enjoys a privacy like no other! There are three idyllic options for hosting your wedding reception at Villa d’Este.
The Napoleone room is located in the Cardinal Building near the Veranda restaurant. This room was created on the occasion of a visit by Napoleon. It is decorated with golden brocades, embellishments, and soft light. This room can accommodate up to 50 seated guests. The Sala Colonne is another gorgeous room. It’s draped in elegance with marble floors, crystal chandeliers, and frescoes! This space can accommodate up to 80 seated guests, or 200 guests for a cocktail reception. Lastly, The Impero Room, located in the Cardinal Building, is one of the most Villa’s popular locations for wedding receptions. This space can accommodate 210 guests for a seated dinner, 170 guests for a buffet dinner, or 350-400 guests for a cocktail reception.
3) Villa Balbiano
Tucked away on the western shores of Lake Como sits the lavish Villa Balbiano. Originally built at the end of the 16th century by Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio, Villa Balbiano now provides exclusive accommodations and the best local cuisine prepared by a private chef.
Located 40 minutes from the center of Milan, Villa Balbiano has 6 suites on-site for overnight accommodations. The historic Villa Balbiano is furnished with antiques and original Baroque frescoes, evoking all the charm of Italy’s past. If timeless, romantic, unforgettable wedding day photos are on your wedding day bucket list, you’ll love the access to the Villa’s three acres of meticulously immaculate Italian gardens!
4) Villa del Balbianello
Arrival at Villa del Balbianello is only by private boat! Can you imagine the experience of you and your guests arriving on your wedding day by boat? Amazing! The grounds of Villa del Balbianello are just as breathtaking, lined with sycamores, classic Italian statues, and picturesque garden paths!
Civil, symbolic, and non-Catholic wedding ceremonies can be performed at Villa del Balbianello. For couples choosing civil ceremonies, you have the option of outdoor or indoor locations. Civil weddings performed at the villa are legally binding marriages. There are three beautiful & romantic settings at the villa for your ceremony or reception. The Durini Lodge, a beautiful outdoor terrace overlooking Lake Como, can seat 80-100 guests for your wedding ceremony. For an outdoor seated dinner reception, the Lakeside Terrace can seat up to 150 guests. For a more intimate, indoor setting, the Loggia Segre can accommodate up to 75 guests for a seated dinner.
To seat more guests in the Loggia Segre, it can be opened up for use as an indoor-outdoor space. Doing so will allow space to accommodate up to 120 guests. Finally, the open-air Camphor Terrace can accommodate up to 100 guests for a buffet dinner. Something to keep in mind when planning your wedding at Villa del Balbianelo is that they do not provide overnight accommodations. It is recommended that couples stay at the nearby Grand Hotel Tremezzo. If a pre or post-wedding photoshoot is on your “must” list for your Lake Como wedding, Villa del Balbianelo allows for photoshoots on its grounds. However, a reservation is required!
5) Grand Hotel Tremezzo
It doesn’t get much more luxe than a wedding at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo! Tremezzo prides itself on creating Belle Époque experiences for its guests! They host weddings of all styles from cocktail parties to seated dinners, gourmet buffets, and a night full of dancing.
For an intimate wedding reception at The Grand Hotel Tremezzo, they offer their Sala Contessa. This space can seat a total of 40 guests for a warm & inviting experience. Their indoor restaurant, L’Escale, is a gorgeous space offered for afterparties. This space can accommodate up to 36 guests. It also connects to their veranda which can accommodate an additional 24 guests. Lastly, the Grand Hotel Tremezzo offers its exquisite Italian Garden, for weddings with a total of 40 guests. Grand Hotel Tremezzo also offers its spa, bars, and restaurants to guests spending the night at Villa Sola Cabiati. Tremezzo prides itself on creating unforgettable experiences for its guests that include authentic flavors of the region.
6) Villa Sola Cabiati
For a destination wedding in Lake Como that relives the history of the region’s decadence, there is Villa Sola Cabiati. A Villa redesigned in the Neo-Classical architectural style that enjoys a prime location in the heart of the lake. Villa Sola Cabiati faces the Bellagio and it’s a 5-minute boat or car ride from the Grand Hotel Tremezzo. So you can enjoy the modern amenities that Lake Como has to offer along with a piece of it’s rich history for your destination wedding!
Additionally, the historical residence has worked to preserve its paintings, frescoes, porcelains, tapestries, and furnishings from the 18th century. So your destination wedding will have a true Baroque-style experience. There are two outdoor areas to choose from when selecting which area of the venue to host your wedding. The Italian Garden can host a total of 180 guests, and the pool garden can accommodate up to 100 guests. The Villas accommodations include six bedrooms that can accommodate a total of up to 12 guests for an overnight stay.
7) Villa Pliniana
Originally constructed in 1573, Villa Pliniana has hosted some of the greatest names in Italian history. Including Leonardo Da Vinci and Benedetto Giovio. After a meticulous restoration, the villa has been once again returned to its original splendor.
Today, they provide an A-Z wedding day experience for your destination wedding in Lake Como! The gorgeous backdrop of the venue comes equipped with a full staff of professionally trained waiters, chefs, and support staff to accommodate your wedding day needs. Their staff will be on hand to oversee everything from setup to cleanup! The Villa is comprised of individual buildings. With each building providing a different scene & setting for your wedding day.
Villa Pliniana contains a large-scale formal ballroom that can accommodate up to 200 seated guests for your wedding reception. Additionally, the Villa has 18 suites to accommodate up to 40 guests for overnight accommodations. With each and every one of their accommodations provides a breathtaking view of the lake!
8) Villa Pizzo
Meticulously kept in its original state, Villa Pizzo provides several different options for hosting your wedding day at their exquisite location. The outdoor veranda, nestled against the lake, provides a location for your outdoor wedding ceremony. For an al fresco wedding reception, imperial tables are set against the backdrop of the formal Italian gardens.
Inside the Villa, you will find opulent frescos and walls adorned with gilded sconces for a candlelight seated diner. Additionally, the Villa offers its couples and their guests a formal toast with some of the finest Italian prosecco. To finish the evening as newlyweds a custom fireworks display can be arranged! Villa Pizzo is nestled in the Alps District of Lake Como and their lakeside terrace is one of the most picturesque locations to say I do surrounded by views of the lake and mountain scenery.
9) Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni
Elegant, sophisticated, and surrounded by centuries-old flower gardens, The Grand Hotel Villa Servelloni is known for its elegance and sophistication. It’s a fairytale setting that slopes down the water’s edge, creating a unique backdrop for your wedding day photos! At the start of the day, you’ll be served a sumptuous breakfast by the staff of the Villa followed by a facial or relaxing massage in their spa.
To plan your Lake Como destination wedding at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni is to create a truly immersive experience for your best day ever. For spaces to host your wedding at the Grand Hotel Vila Servelloni provides the following. For wedding ceremonies, the Villas location as a peninsula in the middle of the lake provides an outdoor setting perfect for saying I do.
The Grand Hotel also has an outdoor veranda which it recommends for cake cutting and champagne toasts. Adorned with bronze and crystal chandeliers is the Salone Reale, which can host wedding receptions of up to 220 guests. This space can also be outfitted with a dance floor, a live band, or DJ of your choice. Finally, the Villa’s Sala Tivano accommodates up to 70 seated guests in an intimate setting for a dinner or lunch reception.
10) Villa Regina Teodolinda
Located in the enchanting setting on Lalio, a small town on Lake Como, Villa Regina Teodolinda is famous for being the holiday home to some of the biggest known superstars! It’s a premier destination for relaxation with its Italian garden, English lawn, and counter-current swimming pool.
If the idea of planning your wedding at Villa Regina Teodolinda sounds like a daydream, you’ll be happy to know the Villa can accommodate up to 100 guests for your destination wedding in Lake Como! Their garden boasts an ideal setting for a cocktail hour or dinner. Villa Teodolinda also offers a private dock with exclusive access to the lake for you & your guests. Transcending many of the other Villas on this list, Villa Teodolinda forgoes the ornate frescos and antiques for a setting this is intimate, warm, and accessible.
11) Villa Lario
Providing an exclusive experience, Villa Làrio only hosts a select number of tailor-made weddings per year. Villa Lario has special permission and licensure from the mayor of the village to perform legally binding civil ceremonies on their property. Extending over two acres of private gardens, Villa Làrio is situated between the lake and the cliffs. Their overnight accommodations for guests are provided in four different constructions.Including the following: Il Palazzo, Villa Bianca, The Pavilion, and the Garden Suite.
Il Palazzo is a 19th-century lake from a classical villa that was fully restored in 2020 with modern amenities. It comes with a private reception area and terrace. Villa Bianca is perched on a cliff and overlooks the lake. Its an amazing accommodation to spend your afternoons sunbathing in its cozy design. Villa Bianca also hosts the restaurant of Villa Lairo and opens up to a large terrace & gardens. Typically, this is where breakfast is served. The Pavilion is an independent private villa with secluded privacy. It has been restored to fulfill modern amenities with a luxury standard. Perched lakefront, the Garden Suite is also an independent private villa that is nestled in historical gardens. For more information on planning your wedding at Villa Lario, you can view their complete price list, and 11-page wedding planning PDF, here!
12) Relais Villa Vittoria
The Relais Villa Vittoria steps into the past with it’s unique collection of antiques. But provides a modern twist with its amenities and comforts. At Relais Villa Vittoria, weddings are exclusive, sometimes multi, day events! Exclusive use of the villa requires reservations in each of the guest rooms. Additionally, a villa buyout comes with the use of each of their unique spaces to celebrate your wedding!
However, if you are planning a more intimate wedding day experience of up to 30 guests, you can host your wedding at the Villa without exclusivity. The options are as follows. For a wedding ceremony at Realis Villa Vittoria, there are five options. The Main Terrace, Terrace La Piazzetta, Jasmine Gazebo, Garden on the lake, and the Living Room.
The Main Terrace is recommended for wedding ceremonies of up to 30 guests. The terrace ‘La Piazzetta’ is also available for wedding ceremonies of up to 30 guests. However this space is only available from October 1st to May 31st. The intimate & romantic Jasmine Gazebo provides panoramic views of Lake Como and is best suited for ceremonies with up to 10 guests. The garden on the lake is available for wedding ceremonies, but only with exclusive use of the villa. It has a total capacity of up to 70 people. If you opt to host your wedding reception here, a covered pergola is available in case of rain.
Cocktail Hour & Dinner Receptions at Relais Villa Vittoria
For cocktail hour, the villa offers the Terrace ‘La Piazzetta’, for groups of up to 30 guests. The Main Terrace is also available, but only in the event of an exclusive buyout. Seated dinners are offered in four distinct areas of the Villa. The Pergola by the pool, the wine cellar, the Veranda, or the Living Room. The Pergola by the pool is available with either exclusive or non-exclusive use of the venue. This space is a covered area that provides room for round or imperial tables. For exclusive use, this space can seat up to 70 guests. For non-exclusive use, it can seat up to 30 guests.
Dinners in the wine cellar are only for intimate events and does not require exclusive use of the venue. For a seated dinner, this space can accommodate up to 16 guests. For a cocktail reception, this space can accommodate up to 24 guests. The veranda overlooking the lake is available for receptions from October 1st to May 31st. This space hosts seated dinners of up to 30 guests; exclusive rental of the villa is not required. Lastly, the living room of the villa is available for seated dinners, only with exclusive rental of the villa. This space can seat 40 guests with imperial tables or 68 guests using round tables.
13) Hotel Villa Cipressi
Restaurants, bars, gardens, and on-site activities, Hotel Villa Cipressi is an enchanting location with historical beauty to host your wedding in Lake Como! The in-house staff is committed to providing you with unparalleled service & attention to detail for your wedding. Additionally, their in-house chef works with you to create a customized wedding day menu!
You’ll say I do by the serene waters of Lake Como then dine on traditional Italian dishes paired with wine from the region for an unforgettable wedding day. Hotel Villa Cipressi is a fully immersive wedding day experience that draws inspiration from Lake Como’s rich history and surroundings to evoke the senses of you and your guests. For more information on booking your wedding day at Hotel Villa Cipresi, you’ll have to contact them directly so they can customize a package based on your needs. For more information, you can find them at this link!
14) Villa La Cassinella
Tranquil elegance surrounds Villa La Cassinella. Located in a secluded private estate on the western shore of Lake Como, Villa La Cassinella is set among spacious, gorgeously manicured Italian gardens. In totality, the estate consists of the main Villa, a pool house with a cinema, a gym, and the enchanting Terrace House. With its overnight accommodations, the villa can host a total of 17 guests. Villa La Cassinella is best suited for intimate wedding days with no more than 25 guests. The caveat of planning a wedding at Villa La Cassinella is that they do require a stay on their grounds between 3-7 nights. This will depend on the current season and availability.
15) Il Sereno Hotel
The sister property of Villa Pliniana, Il Sereno Hotel provides a modern-day take on a destination wedding in Lake Como. Located directly on the banks of Lake Como, Il Sereno is a compiled experience offering suites, offers suites, on-site dining, a spa, and many activities.
There are a few unique options on site for hosting your wedding at the Il Sereno Hotel. The expanded deck surrounding the pool is a space for intimate gatherings overlooking the banks of the lake. The luxurious wine cellar is stocked with award-winning wines of the region and can be used for intimate weddings. For weddings with larger scale guest lists, including overnight accommodations, the Il Sereno recommends checking in with their sister property, The Villa Plianan, to amplify your choice of spaces for an unforgettable wedding day in Lake Como!