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Villa Il Balbiano for Weddings on Lake Como

Façade of Villa Il Balbiano, Lake Como  

Venue description

Villa il Balbiano is a 17th-century villa, a hidden gem straight out of a fairy-tale, one of the grandest and oldest properties on the western shore of Lake Como, a warm and characterful place to organize your Italian wedding. The historical villa provides spectacular panoramic views of the lake and the surrounding mountains that can be seen from the elegant lakeside garden with its immaculate lawn and picturesque manicured topiaries framing the view.

Villa il Balbiano reached a new high of glory at the end of the 18th century when a Cardinal acquired it and transformed it into a marvelous workshop of ideas and art. The Villa nowadays is beautifully restored preserving the elegance and architecture of the Baroque era while the interiors are filled with finest objects d’art and antique furniture.

Thanks to the private pier it is easy for the Bride to arrive on board of a wooden Riva boat. Couples may decide to have a photo tour on the lake during the cocktail hour or leave by boat at the end of the party to start their honeymoon.

Façade of Villa Il Balbiano  
View over Lake Como  

Wedding ceremony and reception

Symbolic ceremonies are generally organized lakeside right in front of the Villa façade, allowing the Bride a grand entrance from its main door. Cocktail and reception in the connected gardens and by the pool or indoors for max 60 guests. Outdoor area suitable to groups of max 200 guests.

Flower arch for wedding ceremony  
Wedding ceremony in the gardens of Villa Il Balbiano  
Bridal couple on the pier of Villa Il Balbiano  
Destination wedding on Lake Como  
Wedding ceremony in the gardens of the Villa  
Destination wedding on Lake Como  
Wedding banquet at Villa il Balbiano  
Bride and groom in front of the villa  
Wedding reception at Villa Il Balbiano  


12 guests can be accommodated in Main Villa, other 8 guests in the wing. There are also 3 + 2 bedrooms in an independent Villino and 1 bedroom in the depandance for a total of 30 guests. The Villa can be rented for a wedding with or without the rooms, min. stay: 2 nights.


All year round.

Garden pool of Villa Il Balbiano  
Exterior of Villa Il Balbiano  
Piano hall  
Grand piano  
Baroque frescoes at Villa Il Balbiano  
Interior of Durini suite  
Frescoed room with marble statue  
Grand salon with frescoes  
Frescoed hall for receptions  
Antique cabinet  
Deluxe bedroom  
Indoor swimming pool  


Wedding reception in the frescoed hall
Interior of Villa Il Balbiano
Detail of the interior
Antique Chinese chair
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