Lake Maggiore is a Swiss niche in northern Italy. On sunny days this magnificent lake mirrors the nearby mountains and, like shiny pearls in a seashell, you can see the Borromeo Islands, whose beauty is a mere part of this sensational view. The lake was the cradle of the princes of Borromeo who resided on this private island on Lake Maggiore at the pinnacle of their dynasty, whose exclusiveness distinguishes it as one of the most prestigous localities in Italy whose heritage remains today in the full splendor of its watch towers, exquisite parks and fabulously manicured Italian gardens..
You and your guests will be enchanted by its unmistakable belle-epoque atmosphere and its glorious landscape: the crystal clear waters of the lake crowned by the majestic beauty of the Alps, which attract tourists from everywhere in the world. Two of three islands being privately owned by the noble Borromeo family, it is, in fact, precisely this feature which makes your wedding here a unique opportunity: the outdoor gardens and grounds of these privately-owned islands may be visited during certain hours, in the springtime to autumn seasons. After exchanging your vows, you may hop on a boat and may enter into the private gardens of these private islands where you may hold your wedding photo session in a romantic setting whose scenery abounds with the lush green and features a vast array of vegetation and even white peacocks.
Wedding in Prestigious Private Residences
Despite the natural beauty and elegance of the villas and gardens of Lake Maggiore, the local municipalities have unfortunately not chosen to authorize their use for civil weddings; therefore, most private villas and historic hotels can only propose symbolic ceremonies. However, there are a handful of locations where civil weddings are allowed, and in our opinion there are two venues which deserve special attention, if you are seeking a more elegant and exclusive venue for your civil wedding ceremony.
The first option for those desiring a fairy-tale wedding, is a historic 16th century castle located on a hilltop overlooking Lake Maggiore. This castle is considered one of northern Italy’s most exclusive settings; the architecture of the castle itself recognized by experts as one of the purest interpretations of Gothic Tudor in Italy and is the only such existing exemplary remaining in Italy. The hilltop position of the castle offering magnificent panoramas and stunning views of the lake as well as of its park with perfectly manicured hedges trimmed in the form of the coat of arms of the noble Italian Marquis dynasty, for generations owners of the castle who, still today, reside in a portion of it. In this castle we can arrange a civil or a symbolic wedding, or a religious ceremony in the private chapel of the Marquises. The ceremonies are held in the castle’s inner courtyard overlooking the park, while for larger weddings the large, green lawn in front of the castle is the perfect place to host numerous guests. In the event of bad weather, the wedding can be held in the castle’s historic library, whose old books and antique furniture will transport you back in time. The wedding banquet usually consists of an appetizer served on the panoramic terrace, and dinner is held in the historical halls of the castle, which is available for exclusive use. And for accommodation, in addition to the rooms in the castle itself, the rooms of the Marquise’s own five-star palace are also available.
A second alternative is an elegant lakeside villa where you and your guests may arrive by car or, for an unforgettably dramatic entrance, you and your bridegroom may arrive by boat to the Villa’s private embarcadero. Upon entering the property you will be stunned by the peace and tranquility of the location, and taken by its perfectly manicured grounds whose park, garden and lawns are the ideal area for a most refined daytime or evening outdoor ceremony, aperitif, and banquet. You may hold either your formal civil wedding or your symbolic ceremony here; you may even celebrate a religious Catholic wedding in the nearby church just steps away. For those who wish to celebrate their wedding in absolute utmost privacy, the villa hosts only one event per day and in exclusive, thus ensuring your privacy in this spectacular setting. To complete your wedding celebration in perfect comfort and tranquility, the suites of Villa are the perfect choice for your honeymoon: all suites have an impressive view of the lake, and offer privacy and serenity sure to make yours a truly romantic stay.
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