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Villa Balbianello - Lake Como, Italy

This villa is probably the most famous and one of the most amazing villas to see on the lake. This villa which was built in the 1500’s, is situated in Lenno on the westside of he lake. The spectacular terraced gardens with magnolias, azaleas, cypresses and so much more, give you an excellent panoramic view of the lake and monuntains.

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Located on the tip of Dosso d’Avedo, leaning toward the center of Lake Como, “place of delights” of Cardinal Durini at the end of the eighteenth century. The villa was originally constructed by Cardinal Angelo Durini where a small Franciscan monastery had originally stood, following the death of Cardinal Durini the complex was sold to Giuseppe Arconati Visconti who enriched the garden and the loggia. After the first World War the American general Butler Amos renovated the whole complex. After several changes of ownership the villa became the property in 1974 by Guido Monzino. These provident restoration of both the casino of residence, the beautiful rooftop garden, the pride of the villa, organized on terraces sloping down to the lake and dominated by the elegant loggia. A true masterpiece in its own right, where each element + was added as a function of the lake, its shores and the enchantment of water. The villa is owned by the FAI since 1988, which provides for the maintenance and enhancement of the complex.

The villa featured in the James Bond film “Casino Royale” and also “Star Wards II: Attack of the Clones”.

This Relais is an enchanting and charming Boutique Hotel located in a romantic village on the banks of the lake that can be rented exclusively for an intimate Lake Como wedding and ideal for smaller, intimate events. The Relais has 13 large and bright rooms and suites (sleeps maximum of 26) provided with all the comforts, each one different for style and size, some with a breathtaking lake view.

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The wonderful terrace and gardens along the lakefront are ideal for a Lake Como wedding ceremony followed by an elegant al fresco reception.  The views are amazing!

The guests can choose various services and spaces for an enchanting stay; such as the spectacular  infinity swimming pool in the garden by the lake, a Spa for wellness treatments equipped with Jacuzzi, Turkish bath and chromo-therapeutic shower, and also a restaurant and wine-bar.

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Wedding at a stunning Villa

Lake Como is famous all over the world for its beauty, elegance and refinement.
In the last few years Lake Como became one of the favorite wedding destination venue especially for couples dreaming a wedding abroad. The Villa Balbianello was made famous by many movies that have chosen it as location, the most famous of all is definitely Star Wars Episode II where there is the wedding of Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala.

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Overlooking the gentle banks of the romantic Lake Como, the Relais welcomes guests wishing to relive the atmosphere which at one time enchanted poets, writers and sophisticated travelers. Located near Cernobbio and Moltrasio in an area loved by celebrities from all over the world, the Relais  is remarkable for its elegance and  attention to every single detail.

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Coming from a sunny and cool boat tour, the eighteenth-century Villa illuminates the lake with its romantic personality and familiar. The atmosphere is relaxing. We dive in another age, into the green park and into the harmonious architecture of this beautiful Villa that, in peaceful voice, he draws us into its restful garden.

The gardens are highly manicured and sculpted and a broad use of Mediteranean plants make this garden “put on aires”.
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Villa del Balbianello
Via Comoedia 5
Tremezzina (Como)
Tel. 0344 56110 – Fax 0344 55575
E-mail: faibalbianello@fondoambiente.it

wedding photos from: http://marymoon.ru/