“That branch of the Lake Como…” Every Italian knows these words, this being the incipit of the famous novel “The Betrothed” by Alessandro Manzoni, considered a masterpiece of modern Italian literature. The novel is centered around a tormented love story. This quote is always mentioned by counselors of the villages and towns situated around the lake. Como’s city counseler usually bestows a token to the bride and the groom, symbolic of the tiny boat used by the main characters of the novel. If you choose Lake Como for your wedding, you will see for yourself just how much it is predisposed to romanticism, from the soft outlines of the mountains to the elegant swans and goslings skirting upon the surface of the water; from the aristocratic villas to the magnificent gardens and pittoresque villages. Your wedding in Como Lake will be legendary and sophisticated, celebrated in one of the villas of your choice, where the counsels of each village will organize the wedding ceremony according to tradition. It will be difficult to choose because each of them offer unparalleled charm and appeal.
Wedding in Lenno, at Villa del Balbianello.
Villa Balbianello is located on the most charming side of Lake Como, its view of the lake is a beauty beyond compare. It was built in the beginning of the eighteenth century by order of Cardinal Durini and constructed on a promontory which rises from the lake. The real marvel of Villa Balbianello is the extraordinary park which, sloping toward the lake, is full of trees of awe-inspiring height; flowers, sculptures and antique statues. In the uppermost part of the villa is the exquisite loggia whose balcony is crowned by three stupendous arches, also the highest viewpoint. Since the 1940’s the villa has been used as a setting for countless movies, for example Star Wars and Casino Royale of the James Bond series. Your wedding ceremony in Villa Balbianello, reachable by boat, may be organized either during the work week, or when the villa is closed to the public therefore allowing the most enchanting and exclusive setting for the aperitif and wedding banquet.
Wedding in Tremezzo, at Villa Carlotta.
Villa Carlotta is the second most exclusive Villa in Lake Como, its botanic garden is well known in the entire region for its superb variety of tropical and luxuriant plants. This magnificent villa and its exotic park cover an area of 70,000 square meters; it was built at the end of the eighteenth century as the residence of Clerici Marquise, afterwhich it became property of an important art collector who decorated the villa with several masterpieces, paintings and sculptures, works of art from Canova, Thor-Valsen and Hayez, transforming the villa’s garden in a truly romantic botanical oasis. At the end of nineteenth century Princess Marianne of Orange-Nassau, Albert of Prussia’s wife, gave la villa as a present to her daughter Carlotta in occasion of her wedding with Duke George II who, thanks to his strong botanical interest and capacity, made the garden and villa as extraordinary as we find them today.
Wedding in Tremezzo, at Teresio Olivelli Park .
The beautiful park Teresio Olivelli in Tremezzo is the ideal location for a couple which desires to hold a small, intimate wedding in one of the most beautiful locations in Italy. Civil wedding ceremonies are held on a round, stone terrace above the lake, offering a stunning panorama as a backdrop for the ceremony. The park itself is small but beautiful, with an imposing staircase on which the couple walks down together, with a long path along the lake leading to the stone terrace for the ceremony. It is a public park, so on a sunny summer day here you can find people enjoying the beautiful surroundings, and they would be all too happy to applaud the newlywed couple as they make their way down toward the lake, shouting in Italian, “Evviva gli sposi!” – “Long live the newlyweds!”
Wedding in Varenna, at Villa Cipressi
Villa Cipressi is located right on the lake, in a historical complex built between 1400 and 1800 and owned by several different noble families during the centuries. The villa was restored in 1980 when it was acquired by the municipality, at which time it was transformed into a cozy hotel, with an exceptional park with secular trees. Celebrating your wedding in Villa Cipressi is very convenient because it is possible to organize the ceremony as well as the aperitif and the wedding banquet, either during the day or in the evening. Your guests, here for your wedding on Lake Como, may all stay in the hotel or, if you prefer you may choose to take just the bridal suite for the bride and groom.
Wedding in Como, at Villa Olmo
Villa Olmo is one of the most famous villas in Como, built between the end of the eighteenth century and the beginning of the nineteenth century in neoclassical style. It became one of the centres of Italian illuminism, bringing fame to the architect who designed. It is an elegant but modern building, the direct expression of Marquis Odescalchi who commissioned the construction, and is still to this day an important cultural centre for the city, in addition of being a relevant tourist attraction for the area. In fact, in 1925 the villa was bought by Como municipality and has, since then, become a relevant exhibition and art centre. During the summer months civil weddings take place in the park’s little neoclassical temple, reminiscent of the round temples of the Roman Empire. The villa and its park are always open to the pubblic.
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