Botanical gardens & wedding villa on Lake Como

Venue details

Milan Malpensa
Milan Bergamo
Milan Linate
Type Hotel Villa
Features Boat access Gardens On the lake Panoramic View Pergola Reception Room Restaurant Spa Terrace Waterside
Wedding spaces hire from €5,000. Exclusive hire also available from €35,000/2 nights (minimum stay). Menus from €250/guest
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Spaces / Capacity

Pers. Purpose(s) Ref.
2 to 60+ Ceremony
2 to 60+ Drinks reception Dinner
2 to 60+ Party
Indoor hall
2 to 60 Accommodation

About this venue


Getting married in a botanical garden overlooking one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy is what a dream wedding looks like for many couples. This hotel along Lake Como will make it possible for you.

Built between the 14th- to 18th-century, this lakeside villa captures the beauty of Italian history and culture with its baroque architecture, vibrant gardens, and stunning lake views.


Many couples are looking for the perfect spot for their destination wedding in Italy, and the ideal location of this villa makes it stand out from many other Italian venues. It sits at the heart of a picturesque village called Varenna - a center of wellness, art, and nature.

It is perched at the edge of the village right in front of Lake Como, one of the most visited landscaped areas in Italy. With that location in mind, you can just imagine how dreamy your wedding will be if you celebrate it here.


Before being acquired by the local government of Varenna, the villa has a rich history of private ownership that shaped its character as an iconic venue along Lake Como.

The villa’s history goes back to as early as 1169 when a noble Serponti family migrated to the village. They were the first owners of the villa, but at the end of the 18th-century, Baron Isimbardi, the director of Milan’s Mint, acquired it.

The villa was then turned into a hotel with many famous guests, including an Emperor of Austria during the mid-19th-century, Emperor Ferdinand I. Three more families acquired the villa in the 19th-century to late 20th-century, until the “People and Friends of Varenna” finally bought the property.


Have a magical ceremony in the villa's botanical garden where fragrance, lake views, and vibrant colors will surround you. This wonderful setting for an outdoor wedding in Italy will make your special day unforgettable.

Imagine the scenery that awaits you when you tie the knot in this villa - the enchanting village of Varenna, the vibrant flowers and greenery from the garden, and the glittering Lake Como right in front of you.

Aside from the perfectly-kept botanical garden, there are three outdoor terraces that can also be used for your dream lakeside wedding. Whether it’s a garden wedding or a terrace ceremony, your celebration will be memorable. You will be surrounded by beautiful lake views and the historic buildings of the venue.


After the ceremony, you can proceed to the outdoor restaurant of the villa, with an area partially covered by pillars and trellis with crawling greenery for a magical ambiance. This reception area is directly fronting the lake, whilst the uncovered part sits next to a beautiful pond.

No need to worry about the rain because there is a portion of the restaurant that is roofed and walled to protect your celebration from inclement weather.

As for the gastronomy offered by the venue, you can only expect the best Italian dishes from the villa’s experienced chefs. They will create a tailor-made menu based on your specifications whilst using Italian cooking traditions with a modern twist.

All that you need to know is that they are dedicated to giving you an unforgettable gastronomic experience with sophisticated service.

Aside from the dining experience, you can also delight your senses with the wines and liquors served at the three bars of the villa. Choose from among the veranda bar, the Bellagio bar, and the garden bar where you and your guests can cap the night with much excitement.


Take your honeymoon to the next level by staying right inside the villa on the night of your wedding. The completely renovated rooms have kept the historic charm of the villa whilst adding modern comforts for a luxurious stay.

There are three kinds of rooms to choose from, prestige rooms and deluxe rooms offering views of the lake, and classic rooms overlooking the picturesque village of Varenna. All rooms have minimalist, elegant, and modern interiors with a strong WiFi connection and beautiful bathrooms, among many other amazing features.

This lakeside villa with a magical botanical garden has more exciting things to offer for couples wanting to get married along Lake Como. Explore this venue better and make your dream wedding in Italy come true right inside its magical grounds. Get in touch with us to help you start planning!

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