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Weddings on Como Lake

GETTING MARRIED ON COMO LAKE!

Just half an hour from noisy, bustling Milan, Lake Como is a jewel-like oasis of tranquillity, a magical combination of lush Mediterranean foliage and snowy alpine peaks. From Como, it’s just a short drive to Cernobbio, whose old town features a delightful collection of picturesque houses and narrow alleys.

This is the site of the fictional Villa Baglianello, the elegant family-home-cum-pensione featured in the film “A Month by the Lake.” As you travel north you’ll see Como’s only island, Isola Comacina.

The best day of the year to take the ferry over to the island is the week end after June 24th, when St. John’s Day is celebrated with a mass in the ruins of the S. Eufemia basilica, followed by a costumed procession and night-time fireworks. Lake Como is renowned for its exquisite villas, and probably the most famous one is Villa Carlotta, a perfect combination of luxurious interiors (beautiful stuccos, lovely ceiling frescoes and a great art collection, including an Eros and Psyche by Antonio Canova) and luxuriant exteriors (over 500 species of plants, trees and shrubs from all over the world). Tremezzo is another lovely lakeside town, Varenna may be the most picturesque town on the lake, its steep winding alleys lined with charming homes, flowering balconies and lace-curtained windows.

Just above it is the ancient castle where Theodolinda, Queen of the Lombards, is said to have died in the 7th century. Two famed villas to visit here are Villa Cipressi, with terraced gardens cascading right down to the shores, and Villa Monastero, a true showcase.

On the southern shore is Bellaggio, la perla del lago (the pearl of the lake), considered by many to be the most beautiful town in all of Europe. Its narrow cobbled streets, breathtaking views, impeccable homes and glorious villas make it a most enchanting spot to spend your own unforgettable “Month by the Lake.”

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