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Villa Balbianello


Planning a wedding at Villa Balbianello means selecting the most exclusive of all of the Italian Lake wedding venues. The villa's gardens are magnificent, enjoying incomparable views of Lake Como and the bride and guests arrive by motor boat... This is a truly magical setting. The villa is set on a promontory and the grounds enclose a collection of terraces, brightly colored flowerbeds, loggias, an old church, a splendid staircase and incredibly manicured trees and shrubs cascading towards the blue waters of Lake Como The setting is flawless and a delight to the eyes.

Civil ceremonies at Villa Balbianello are possible! Distinctive Italy Weddings will assist you with all legal requirements to hold a legally binding ceremony at this Lake Como villa.

History of Villa Balbianello

The villa is situated in the town of Lenno and was was built in 1787 on the very tip of a peninsula by a cardinal. It was further improved by Giuseppe Visconti who created the romantic loggia and gardens of today and later purchased and restored in the early 20th century by an American military officer, Butler Ames. It is now managed by the National Trust of Italy.  Villa Balbianello has been featured in the James Bond movie Casino Royale and also the Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. The interior of the villa houses a museum of rich artifacts collected by the explorer Guido Monzino who led the first Italian expedition to climb Mount Everest.  He was the last owner of Villa Balbianello and gifted the villa to the National Trust of Italy.

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Key Features

  • Civil ceremonies are possible at Villa Balbianello and generally held in the Old Loggia.
  • Maximum capacity of 150 for events.
  • Wedding receptions can take place from 18:00 till 24:00 (6pm till midnight) with the option of extending the time till 2am.
  • On Mondays and Wednesdays, when the Villa is closed to the public, events can take place within the entire day for a maximum of 6/8 hours.
  • Fireworks are permitted.
  • The largest hall for indoor ceremonies holds a maximum of 40 guests seated.
  • The Loggia Segre - the new loggia with lake views is a new indoor reception option available for dinners.
  • Receptions are possible and an approved caterer must be used.
  • Depending on the type of event being held rental fees include:
    • Exclusive use of Villa Balbianello for the wedding and if required the reception
    • The day prior for mounting the marquee and dais for catering in the garden between the hours of 10:00am and 18:00pm.
    • The day of the event from 10:00am to 18:00pm for wedding decor and preparations.
    • The following day for taking down all decorations and marquees.
  • Music is permitted.
  • Villa Balbianello can only be accessed by boat.
  • The church on the grounds is not a real consecrated church and is not available for wedding ceremonies.
  • The villa's security personnel will be on site during the event.
  • There is no accommodation at Villa Balbianello; it is only for ceremony and/or receptions

Wedding Info

Wedding Reception at Villa Balbianello

A Villa Balbianello wedding reception can be held outdoors either under a marquee (required if using the gardens) or under the loggia or in the newly built Loggia Segre'. In either case a marquee is required for catering with dais. Guests will be able to explore the enchanted surroundings while enjoying refined Northern Italian cuisine and aperitifs.

Wedding Ceremony at Villa Balbianello

A civil, religious blessing or symbolic wedding ceremony at Villa Balbianello can take place under the beautiful arches of its ancient loggia which allows guests to enjoy the incredible panorama of lake and gardens. The loggia holds approximately 30/40 guests. In case of rain, the ceremony can move indoors inside the beautiful library, which is furnished with antiques. It too holds about 30/40 guests.  Lrager numbers can be accommodated in the Loggia Segre' or under a marquee.



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How do we reach Villa Del Balbianello?

The only way to reach the venue is by private boat transfer. For guests with special needs it is possible to arrange for a car.

Where is the Villa Del Balbianello wedding reception held?

Wedding receptions at Villa del Balbianello can be held in the Loggia Segrè located in the upper part of the estate – consisting of two areas: an outdoor terrace and an indoor glass doors veranda. The two areas are adjoined. For large numbers the Oak Terrace by the lake is the only other option..

How many guests can the Loggia Segrè host?

The Loggia Segrè hosts 50 seated guests for dinner receptions and up to 100 guests using also the outside terrace. In case of bad weather, a marquee has to be built to extend the covering.

How many guests can the Oak terrace host?

For bigger numbers than 100 guests the Oak Terrace by the lake is the way to go. In case of bad weather, a marquee needs to be considered. This vast area can accommodate up to 150 guests.

What is the best place for our Villa del Balbianello wedding ceremony?

The iconic Loggia During is definitely the most popular spot for your Villa del Balbianello wedding ceremony. It can accommodate about 75 guests. In case of bad weather the Loggia Segrè is also an option.

Can a civil ceremony be held at Villa del Balbianello?

You can have civil or symbolic ceremony in Villa del Balbianello from Monday to Saturday.

Is there any accommodation in Villa del Balbianello?

Villa does not offer any accommodation. There is a room available only for newlyweds during the day or also night for an extra cost which is mostly used for getting ready or touch ups.

What are the best places to sleep close to Villa del Balbianello?

There is a great selection of hotels in nearby Tremezzo and Bellagio.

Where does the dancing take place in Villa del Balbianello?

Dancing and the party can take place in Loggia Durini and its adjacent terrace for cake cutting.

Is Villa del Balbianello open for wedding celebrations every day of the week?

The villa is available for exclusive use on Monday and Wednesday when it’s closed for public. During the rest of the days it’s available after 6pm. For ceremonies it is possible to host those for smaller events also during opening hours of the villa. But the park will still be open to the public.

Are there any restrictions in Villa del Balbianello I should know about?

A specific wooden floor needs to be constructed for the use of Oak terrace in order to protect the grass.

Are there any time restrictions to be considered?

Villa Balbianello can be rented for a minimum 2 hours and maximum stay is allowed until 2am for an extra cost.

What are the costs for renting Villa del Balbianello for my wedding?

The costs are determined by the length/type of the wedding celebration, locations that are being used and number of guests. Please contact us for specific rates