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Villa Balbiano – Explore One of the Most Prestigious Luxury Venues on Lake Como

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Villa Balbiano exclusive luxury wedding venue at Lake Como

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Villa Balbiano is one of the most glamorous properties on the Como Lake. The unique blend of a beautifully preserved historical mansion with a thoughtfully curated interior design, splendid gardens stretching over 2 hectares and the picturesque views over Lake Como make it one of most sought-after destination wedding venues in the world.

Villa Balbiano was built in the 16th century by cardinal Tolomeo Gallio, further embellished by Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini and still preserves the original frescoes painted by the Recchi brothers and Agostino Silva.

Photos by Inna Nova Photography

Key Facts

Ideal For
  • elopements with a symbolic ceremony
  • full wedding weekends, with all or some of the events taking place on-site
  • weddings with up to 550 guests, with a legal or symbolic ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner and party, taking place outdoor, where a marquee should be installed.
  • welcome dinners or after-wedding brunches, birthday parties, baptisms, or any celebration for up to 550 guests, depending on the desired setup and event flow
  • accommodation and getting-ready photos for couples having their wedding at this or another venue
Venue Type and Aesthetics
  • Privately owned luxury hotel in a 16th century historical villa with baroque frescoes dating back to the 17th century, antique furniture and hand-carved statues.
  • Combines historical architecture with modern and luxurious comfort.
  • Only available for exclusive rental
  • Open all year for accommodation and events.
  • Considering weather conditions at Lake Como, the best time to have an event at Villa Balbiano is between May-October.
  • Also possible, but with the risk of colder and rainier weather: April and November
  • Barrier-free access
  • Parking available on the property
  • Easy to reach by taxi, water taxi, airport transfer service
  • Private dock available on site
  • symbolic
  • religious (taking place on or off-site, depending on denomination)
Event Spaces
  • Ample outdoor gardens where a marquee can be installed
  • Grand Salon at the ground floor of the villa, that can be used as dinner space for maximum 50 seated guests, or as an after-party space for up to 220 guests.
  • 6 luxury suites (for max. 12 guests) in the main villa
  • 4 rooms (for max. 8 guests) in the Villino (small villa)
  • 4 rooms (for max. 8 guests) in the left wing
  • chef service can be booked during the entire stay at the villa
  • free choice of external catering services for events
Event Timing and Technical Conditions
  • Music and noise limitations – up to 23:00 outside
  • Dancing – allowed in all event rooms
  • Dance floor – not mandatory
  • Smoking indoor – not allowed
  • Real candles – allowed
  • Confetti, petals – yes
  • Indoor & outdoor swimming pool
  • Private dock & boat house
  • Gym
  • Private secure parking
Booking Options
  • Villa Balbiano can only be booked as exclusive rental.
  • 1 day rental without accommodation – only possible on weekdays
  • weekend bookings only possible from a minimum of 3 nights
Pricing Structure 2022

The cost of an event here can comprise the following cost categories (prices in EUR, including VAT):

  • Rental fee of the property, including the event fee for up to 200 guests
    • 1 day without accommodation 25.000 €
    • 1 night 30.000 €
    • 2 nights 50.000 €
    • 2 nights on weekends 65.000 €
    • An additional event fee is charged for events exceeding 200 guests.
  • Staff included in the price
    • villa manager 24/7
    • concierge service
    • full housekeeping
    • butler service – if villa booked for 4+ nights, otherwise at extra charge
    • chef service – if villa booked for 4+ nights, otherwise at extra charge

Photos by Inna Nova Photography

This is a very generic minimum budget recommendation a buyout for 2 nights, with one main wedding day and potentially one smaller event at this venue. For more accurate cost estimations matching your requirements, get in touch to discuss your particular needs.

The amounts mentioned here are in EURO, including VAT, and can include some or all of the following cost categories. Actual costs will vary depending on quantity and quality of chosen services, equipment, food and drinks, and duration of the event.

  • venue and catering budget including basic furniture, linens, tableware, staff, welcome drinks and canapes, 3-4 course dinner menu, basic beverage package during dinner, basic open bar package, simple wedding cake
  • wedding vendor budget = minimum recommended spend for all other vendor categories: photo, video, entertainment, decoration, stationery, make-up and hair, local wedding day transportation, planning, design and coordination by High Emotion Weddings
Elopement for 2

Minimum total wedding budget from 60.000

20 Guests

Minimum total wedding budget from 150.000

including 2 nights accommodation

50 Guests

Minimum total wedding budget from 200.000

including 2 nights accommodation for up to 30 people

100 Guests

Minimum total wedding budget from 350.000

including 2 nights accommodation for up to 30 people

200 Guests

Minimum total wedding budget from 600.000

including 2 nights accommodation for up to 30 people


Ossuccio, Lake Como

40 minutes’ drive from Milan

70 minutes’ drive from Milan International Airport

Already dreaming of a wedding at this Italian Villa at Lake Como?

We can’t wait to hear all about your vision and discuss options. We’ll be happy to come up with a custom cost estimation once we know more about you and your wedding. Fill out our contact form and we’ll get back to you in no time!


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