Potential locations for a destination wedding in Italy are as diverse as they are divine, ranging from ancient cities and rustic vineyards to soaring snow-capped peaks and soft sandy beaches. Delicious food, a rich culture, and more amazing views than your photographer will know what to do with makes Lake Como the obvious choice for your luxury made in Italy wedding.
Lake Como feels remote yet is less than an hour by train from Milan. If you prefer to fly into Geneva you can easily drive to Lake Como from Geneva Airport, passing through some of Europe’s most spectacular alpine scenery including Mont Blanc, or Monte Bianco as Europe’s highest peak is called in Italian. Both Milan and Geneva are well served by airlines from various parts of the UK making Lake Como a breeze for your guests to reach.
2. Food & Drink
Italy is known for its divine food and the Lombardy region around Lake Como is no exception. Feast on dishes like Risotto Milanese, which once obtained its deep yellow colour thanks to the addition of gold leaf, but is now gilded with strands of saffron; polenta cooked in a myriad of ways; sausages and salamis made from local game; cheeses both hard and soft; and a wide choice of red and white wines.
You won’t be short of fascinating places to discover when you hold your destination wedding in Lake Como. The shores of the lake are sprinkled with grand villas boasting beautiful gardens, such as Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, and Giardini Publici in Como. Como’s boutiques and cafes are centred around the main square, Piazza Cavour, which is dominated by the magnificent Duomo. Como has been producing stunning silks every since Marco Polo brought the secret back from China; and if you like cycling you must pay a visit to the tiny La Madonna del Ghisallo church, and the modern cycling museum next to it.
4. Scenery & Climate
Another very positive reason to hold your destination wedding in Lake Como is the subtropical Mediterranean climate which leads to temperate summers and mild winters. The average temperatures from June to September range from 18C to 22C, making it ideal for outdoor dancing and dining without sweltering in your wedding finery.
5. Potential Wedding Venues
Lake Como wedding venues are utterly magical. Choose from hiring a lake front villa, like the magnificent Villa Balbianello with its near 360-degree water views, or cruising the lake in a classic steamboat. Perhaps you would prefer a hotel or restaurant on the waterfront, or tucked away in one of the mountain villages overlooking the lake. Whatever venue you choose you and your guests will fall in love with Lake Como.