Villa del Balbianello
Attention Brides: In case you’re still undecided on your wedding venue, Joy and I found the perfect spot today and we’d be happy to tell you about it. Villa del Balbianello sits on Punta di Lavedo, a romantic peninsula on the shoreline of beautiful Lake Como in northern Italy.
“Breathless” doesn’t even begin to describe the scene, and no, even through I tried, there are no photos that could do this place justice. Accessed by boat from Bellagio, the villa was the setting of a scene in Casino Royale, the most recent James Bond film, and one of the Star Wars movies.
The villa was originally constructed in the late 1700s and the most recent owner, Guido Monzino a prominent business man and famous explorer, left the estate to the National Trust fund of Italy when he died in 1988. The inside of the villa remains as Monzino left it, and daily tours are conducted. The gardens outside are meticulously maintained, and our tour guide confirmed that yes, they do host weddings on the outside garden terrace under the mushroom oak tree overlooking the lake.
Soooo, if you’re considering a wedding in Europe, or more specifically northern Italy, this is my shameless plug for the Villa del Balbianello. And of course you would need a fine photographer as well (hint, hint).
One of the towns along Lake Como
The narrow streets of Bellagio