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Civil Weddings in Varenna

Civil wedding in Varenna on a panoramic terrace on Lake Como  

Varenna, an enchanting village on Lake Como, is located on a rock, at the bottom of a mountain that rises above it, opening the way to the sky, to the ruined skeleton of the antique castle of Vezio. The community of this quaint village dates back to Roman times. The small town center has a road network of small streets that reach the shores of the Lake. Varenna is considered a very romantic village of the Lake, positioned in a fantastic setting, with a stunning view just perfect for watching sunsets and luxuriant vegetation that surrounds all the area. What an ideal location for a civil wedding ceremony!

What to see in Varenna, Italy

The romantic village of Varenna is worth to be discovered. The Romanesque stone church of San Giorgio in the center of the town dates back to the 14th century. Walking down the cobbled stone alleys you can reach Riva Grande, a scenic lake promenade. Villa Monastero is a must-see with its botanical garden, the collection of rare plants, and the Casa Museo, a precious heritage with antiques and furniture dating back to the 18th century. Another fantastic garden is the nearby park of Villa Cipressi. The mysterious Fiumelatte river is the shortest in Italy and is named after the milky-white color of its water. If you don’t mind a bit of effort you can climb the hill standing above the town and reach the Castello di Vezio, an ancient medieval fortress with terrific panoramas. Lovers of outdoor activities will find many hiking trails around Varenna: among them is the so-called Sentiero del Viandante, a spectacular 45-km route stretching among the villages of the eastern side of Lake Como.

Civil Ceremony in Varenna, Lake Como

Civil weddings in Varenna can be performed at the Town Hall, inside the Sala Civica, if you have few guests, in the simple and small yellow Town Hall building located in the center of the village.

Villa Cipressi

If instead, you prefer an outdoor spectacular setting and a wedding reception to follow in a magical atmosphere, we recommend a spectacular Villa Hotel a few steps from the central square. Villa Cipressi is surrounded by an amazing century-old garden with tiered terraces sloping gently to the lake, containing plants of rare beauty.

Panorama of Lake Como from Varenna  
Arrival of the bride  
End of ceremony in Varenna, Lake Como  

Villa Monastero

Another impressive setting for a civil wedding in Varenna is the incredible Villa Monastero, a museum Villa surrounded by a vast botanical garden with rare plants, palms, citruses, oleanders, whose paths and terraces extend over 2 km of lakefront. Part of the garden is dedicated to jasmines, herbs, spices, and other fragrant species whose scents float in the air.


A civil ceremony at Villa Monastero can be arranged in the elegant Loggia in front of the lake, or in the beautiful Gardens, while two halls inside the Villa are available as a backup option in case of inclement weather.

The Botanical Gardens of Villa Monastero are also a fantastic background for your photo shooting.

Just imagine your wedding ceremony celebrated in front of the Lake, with the fresh air and a magical scent that pervades the entire villa. You will feel as in a fairy tale…

Lobby and lakefront of Villa Monastero, Varenna  
Gardens of Villa Monastero, Varenna  
Lakefront of Villa Monastero, Varenna  
Lake view from the gardens of Villa Monastero  

About civil weddings in Varenna

A Varenna wedding can be made truly unique and personal. You will be able to customize your ceremony by reading your own vows after the civil rite. You can also choose to have some classical music during the ceremony.

Getting married in Varenna: when?

We recommend choosing Varenna for your wedding day in the spring or summer period, to enjoy the very best the area can offer.

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