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Elope in Villa del Balbianello – Lake Como


Villa Del Balbianello is undoubtedly one of the most romantic and breath-taking venues for your romantic elopement wedding on Lake Como. Its magical atmosphere and the splendid architecture will be a perfect and stunning setting and make your wedding an unforgettable experience.

Ultimate Guide to Elope at Villa del Balbianello

Villa del Balbianello is one of the most amazing wedding ceremony venue in Italy, each year couples coming from all over the world choose this spectacular villa on Lake Como to elope. Here there is everything you need to know for your elopement or micro wedding at Villa del Balbianello on Lake Como. 

If you are planning to have your intimate ceremony at Villa del Balbianello on Lake Como read our tips first:


Villa del Balbianello is first of all a tourist attraction, we can say it is the most visited place on Lake Como. It is open to the public on Sundays, Tuesday, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 6 pm. Small Ceremonies or elopements can take place during the opening times. Villa Del Balbianello is open from mid March to end of October but to enjoy a nice weather on the lake we recommend from mid April until beginning of October.


Villa del Balbianello has a special agreement with the local town hall so legally-binding ceremonies can be celebrated at the villa. Civil ceremonies can take place every day of the week when the villa is open. Villa del Balbianello is closed on Mondays and Wednesdays. It is important to keep in mind that there is to pay an extra charge to the local authorities for licensed ceremonies. Costs are from 1800 euro, price varies according to the time of the day and day of the week.


You can reach Villa del Balbianello only by boat. So we suggest to stay in hotels in the areas like Tremezzo or Bellagio. If you decide to stay at Villa D’Este consider that it will take 45 minutes by boat. Only vendors can access the place by car: the road is narrow and steep and there is no parking area at the top entrance.

Areas for your ceremony

Villa del Balbianello is mainly a museum. Events can take place in a few dedicated outdoor areas and inside the building on top of the hill called “Segrè”. Ceremonies can take place under the “arches” at the area called Loggia Durini. 

Wedding Dinner

Wedding receptions can take place at Villa del Balbianello, only authorized caterer companies can work at the villa. Caterer companies have a dedicated area where they can place their kitchen to be able to cook everything on site

Elopement Planner

We’ve been arranging wedding at Villa Del Balbianello since 2007. One of the most important thing to be aware of is that, due to the particular logistic of the place, a wedding coordinator is highly recommended.


If you wish to have a ceremony at Villa del Balbianello the cost is 2800 plus vat, keeping in mind that if you wish to have a legally binding ceremony  an extra fee is due to the local authorities as explained above. Prices vary according to the number of guests involved.

Elope to Villa del Balbianello package

Perhaps your idea of a Lake Como wedding is just for you two.  We offer a fantastic elopement package for the perfect Balbianello elopement with all you need to make your special day one to remember forever. Loggia Durini is the perfect spot for elopements and micro weddings. We pride ourselves in making each elopement unique and strive to make every detail perfect for your special day.

We also offer a “Micro Wedding” option for your small intimate Lake Como wedding so you could include your close family and friends to witness the spectacular occasion.

Our package includes:

  • Ceremony venue renting fee 
  • Wedding officiant for the symbolic ceremony 
  • Three hours of professional on-site photography
  • Bridal Bouquet and Groom Boutonniere
  • Boat transportation for the bride and groom to and from the ceremony venue

Need assistance with making your elopement  even more memorable? We have recommendations for local professionals for other wedding services like hair and makeup, music entertainment for the ceremony and for the best restaurants by the lake for a romantic dinner.

If you wish to have an à la carte elopement planning service we can offer a tailor made service and create a special package for you.

Contact us to receive more details!


Q: How much does it cost to get married at Villa del Balbianello?
Villa del Balbianello is a stunning wedding venue located on Lake Como in Italy, and it is known for its picturesque scenery and elegant atmosphere, which can contribute to its popularity and higher costs.
The cost of getting married at Villa del Balbianello can vary widely depending on various factors such as the time of year, day of the week, number of guests, and specific services requested.

Q: What is the entrance fee for Villa del Balbianello?
The entrance fee for Villa del Balbianello varies based on the type of visit. For an adult on a guided tour, it’s €23. If you’re interested in exploring just the gardens, admission is €10, while access to both the gardens and the villa costs €20. Still, the entrance fee for Villa del Balbianello can vary depending on factors such as age, residency status, and whether you’re part of a group or visiting individually.

Q: Can I rent Villa del Balbianello?
Yes, you can rent Villa del Balbianello for events like weddings, photo shoots, or private functions. However, it’s important to note that it’s not a traditional rental property like a hotel or vacation home. It’s a museum owned by the Italian National Trust, FAI, and rentals are for specific purposes only.

Q: How much does it cost to visit Villa del Balbianello?
Children (6-18 years old): € 12
Adults: € 22
Family (2 Adults + 2 Children): € 60
National Trust members and Students (up to 25 years old): € 16

Q: Are there opening times with specific prices?
Villa del Balbianello typically opens its doors from March to November, adjusting slightly according to the tourist seasons of Lake Como. Visitors can explore the mansion between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm every day except Mondays and Wednesdays. The final guided tour of the park commences at 5:00 pm, with access to the villa’s interior usually restricted after 4:30 pm.

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