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Villa Balbiano, Lake Como

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Let’s be honest, we love everything. Villa Balbiano is quite simply a breathtaking venue. If we HAD to choose one thing, we’d have to say it’s the private view over Lake Como for us, having that view as a backdrop to your celebrations – your guests will be speechless, we certainly were.

What's So Special About Villa Balbiano?

If it’s unparalleled Italian Romance you’re dreaming of when you envision your destination wedding, you won’t find a location or venue better suited.

Dating back to the 16th century, Villa Balbiano sits elegantly on the western shore of Lake Como. This truly jaw-dropping Italian jewel has an exceptional historical palazzo that once belonged to the famous Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio, who built it at the end of 16th century and used it as his main residence. A century later, it was enlarged and embellished by Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini who used the Villa to host a gallant and frivolous society where festivals, banquets and dances followed one another relentlessly. Since then each successive owner has added to the splendor of the villa.

Nowadays, Villa Balbiano is the largest private residence on the lake, occupying over 3 acres, with extensive lush gardens, (which were distinguished by the British Society of Garden Designers) two outdoor swimming pools, a private pier and a boathouse.

Inside, it’s historic interiors have been filled with some of the finest objets d’art and furniture of past centuries, sourced from Sotheby’s and Christie’s. Spectacular 17th century frescoes painted by the Recchi brothers and Agostino Silva still decorate the walls, untouched by time.

The major international airports around are Milan-Malpensa and Milan-Linate (both an hour drive away) so great for ease of access for your guests travelling from afar. For private aviation, the closest airport is Lugano in Switzerland (45 minutes away).

With its illustrious past, an unparalleled mix of man-made and natural beauty, Villa Balbiano truly is one of the most glamorous locations on Lake Como and when it comes to celebrating here – it’ll be a celebration like no other.

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During your post ceremony cocktail hour wander down the private jetty and take off for a little ride on Villa Balbiano’s classic Italian Wooden Riva boat. Not only does it make for a spectacular photo op but it’ll be a great opportunity to take a moment together after your ceremony, as official newlyweds.

venue facilities

Accommodation On Site
Bridal Suite
Exclusive Use

finer details

Exclusive Use
Ceremony / Reception Capacity
200 (Included in exclusive use fee) 550 (Max capacity at an additional cost)
Accommodation On Site
Sleeps 12 / 6 Rooms (Further accommodation at an additional cost available for up to 30 guests)
Supplier Flexibility
In House Planning / Co-ordination
No, Recommended Suppliers
Recommended Local Suppliers
Allowed Inside & Outside
Closed Periods
Open All Year
Recommended Local Suppliers
Child Friendly
Disabled Access
LGBT Friendly
Pet Friendly
On Request
Price From
€21,000+ per night (Exclusive use inc Accommodation for 12) / 3 day minimum for weekend hire at €58,000 / 1 day event without accommodation also available at €20,000 (Weekdays only during May – October)

Flight Duration

1hr 55 to the North, 2hrs 30 to the South.



Language Spoken

Italian – French and English are also widely spoken and understood.




Italy has plenty of public transport, from the trains to the metro in cities like Milan. The roads (and Italian drivers) are notoriously terrifying for foreigners so it’s often better to take a taxi than hire a car.

Public Holidays

Each town in Italy has it's own patron saint and shuts down to celebrate the saint’s day each year (e.g. Rome is Sts. Peter and Paul, June 29th). Alongside Christmas and Easter, the other big religious festivals are Epiphany (6th January) and All Saints Day (1st November). All of Italy celebrates Labour Day (1st May) and also Liberation Day (April 25th).

Good Time to Go

March - Late October

good to know

Lake Como holds its annual festival between June and September, complete with many musical performances and fireworks around the lake.

location & details


Piazza Cardinal Durini, 22010 Ossuccio CO, Italy

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