The northern Lake Region of Italy at the foot of the Alps and on the border of Switzerland provides a spectacular display of natural beauty. Most locations are directly on the lake with snow capped mountains in the background. There are three primary lakes—Como, Maggiore, Garda plus the tiny but charming Lake Orta. In some cases it is even possible to arrive to the ceremony via private boat.
All of the lakes are best reached by flying into the Milan airport. Lake Como, Maggiore and Garda are about a one hour train ride from central Milan. Lake Orta is a little further away and more difficult to reach via public transportation.
The region was prominent during the Art Nouveau period around the turn of the 1900’s and many of the important villas and hotels date to that period. Lake Maggiore is famous for its three tiny Borromee islands in the middle of the lake—Isola Bella, Isola Pescatore and Isola Madre—that were acquired and developed beginning in the 1600’s by the ruling family Borromee. Lake Como was carved by glaciers and has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and the well-to-do since Roman times. Lake Garda is the largest of the lakes and furthest east placing it near Verona and the Austrian border.
Over the centuries a number of opulent villas have been built along the shores of these lakes by their illustrious guests and residents and, fortunately, some of these are now open to the public as hotels or locations for weddings and events.
All types of weddings are possible in the Lake Region. Given its northernmost position in Italy on the edge of the Alps mountain range, the best months for a wedding are from May through September, with the summer months being particulalry agreeable.