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Lake Como 01: amazing Villa del Balbianello

Villa del BalbianelloVilla is Balbianello is an amazing villa on Lake Como and definitely one of the most exclusive wedding venues in Italy.
Due to its proximity to the lake, the villa seems emerged up directly from the lake. It is structured on different levels, each one with different characteristics but always offering stunning views of the Lake Como.
It’s surely a unique venue with a “wow” factor: a special place for a wedding in Italy.
The villa is protected by the FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano – referred to in English as the Italian National Trust) which preserves its beauty and authenticity.
It has been used as the setting of many movies and, above all, I can mention “Star wars” and “007 – Casino Royale”.

Venue’s General Information


Civil ceremonies with legal binding can be held on site. Also protestant ceremonies and symbolic ceremonies can be performed at this venue. The settings suggested for the wedding ceremony at the villa are:

  • the terrace with the fountain near the lake (lower terrace)
  • the splendid Loggia with a breathtaking views of Lake Como

Catholic ceremonies can be set at the Church in Mezzegra or at the Church in Varenna.


Villa del Balbianello provides magnificent settings for wedding receptions. The areas used for the cocktail and dinner are:

  • the Loggia area
  • the intimate Loggia Segre
  • the striking terrace by the lake adorned with statues (marquee and floor are required for dinner in this area)

The venue is ideal for intimate weddings and big parties: from elopments to wedding receptions with 150 guests. Depending on the number of guests, Bellissimo wedding consultant will plan the best event flow (ceremony, cocktail, reception and dancing party) and the areas to be used for each moment.

Music is allowed for the ceremony and reception. Dancing party can take place at the venue until 2am.

Nearest airports

The nearest airports are:

  • Milan Malpensa (about 1 hour and 15 min by car)
  • Milan Linate (about 1 hour and 20 min by car)
  • Bergamo Orio al Serio (about 1 hour and 40 min by car)


Villa del Balbianello doesn’t provide rooms for the accommodation. Many hotels of different categories (from B&B to luxury hotels) and apartments to rent are available in the area. Bellissimo wedding offers a support for bookings of rooms and apartments for the spouses and their guests.

The fee for the use of Villa del Balbianello depends from several factors:

  • if the venue is used for the ceremony, reception or for both;
  • day and time of the week (Villa del Balbianello is also a museum which is closed to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays and everyday after 6pm. For smaller number of guests the venue can be used also when it is open to the public. For the exclusive use of the venue, Villa del Balbianello will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays and everyday after 6pm).
  • number of guests
  • areas used for the ceremony and/or reception.

For an idea of the fees applied at Villa del Balbianello, consider the following price ranges:

  • between €1.500 and €4.500 for the ceremony only (up to 2 hours at Loggia and Loggia Segre areas)
  • between €1.700 and €6.000 for the ceremony and cocktail (up to 3 hours and 100 guests at Loggia and Loggia Segre areas)
  • between €4.000 and €10.000 for the cocktail and dinner (including ceremony if required – up to 6 hours and 100 guests at Loggia and Loggia Segre areas)
  • between €14.000 and €18.000 for the cocktail and dinner (including ceremony if required – up to 6 hours and 100 guests at the terrace by the lake)

Upon request, it is possible to extend the use of the venue for longer time with an extra charge. The wedding menu price starts at €110 per person.


boat at Villa del BalbianelloThe amazing Villa del Balbianello is reachable by boat: a unique and romantic experience for the guests, bride and groom.
The villa allows only selected suppliers to work at the venue for the organisation of weddings and events. Bellissimo wedding has a network of suppliers authorised to operate at this venue,
Villa del Balbianello is a unique setting for wedding photos too. Some spouses decide to have a photo session at this place even if the ceremony and reception are set in other locations.

Our suggestion

Villa del Balbianello is an exclusive villa on Lake Como suggested for couples who are looking for a romantic day and amazing venue for their wedding.
This is also one of the few venues in Italy where is allowed to have a legal ceremony outdoor followed by a reception in the same place.
Do you wish to know more about the amazing Villa del Balbianello? Contact us clicking here.

Photo Samples

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