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Como Lake VENUES

VILLA PIZZO

27 Gennaio 2022

Here is a brief introduction of Villa Pizzo, one of the most romantic and suggestive wedding venues of the Lake Como area.

Villa Pizzo was built between the charming villages of Cernobbio and Moltrasio. It dates back to 1435, when Giovanni Muggiasca, a merchant of Como, acquired a vast land that was rich in vineyards and olive groves, not far from town, stretching from the shore of the lake till the peak of the hills, crossing Via Regina, the main road serving the entire Lake Como.

Its pink and sun-bleached peach facade make it one of the prettiest villas in the area. This is why it was often chosen by Hollywood’s couples for their dream wedding.

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The residence of Villa Pizzo is known for its elegance and the particularly romantic panorama that can be enjoyed from its unique terrace facing the lake. From here, in fact, it is possible to admire a large part of Lake Como from a privileged position. It is an ideal venue to host wedding receptions with many guests, up to 200.

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Even inside, the villa has several large halls, frescoed and decorated in Neoclassical style, perfect for beautiful banquets. It is also possible to stay overnight in the villa, which has suites, rooms and some private apartments.

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It is surrounded by a vast Italian-style garden, with cypress boulevards, baroque fountains, paths flanked by flower beds, hedges and statues.

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There is also an even larger park, dotted with every kind of exotic plants, and a “Cypress’ Avenue” which ends in an artificial cave with water.

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Another botanical jewel of Villa Pizzo is the ancient greenhouse, for the cultivation of spices and citrus. When lit up at night, it really is a fascinating sight.

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Villa Pizzo retains the charm of a house full of tradition surrounded by a beautiful garden on the banks of a lake of disarming beauty; a rare and precious jewel which offers an ideal setting for a wedding characterized by sophistication and relaxation.

See you next week! @villapizzo

Como Lake Inspiration

Lake Como

18 Gennaio 2022

Lake Como, the third largest Italian lake. 

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It is famous all over the world for its wonderful and romantic landscapes, the perfect destination for a luxury wedding in Italy. On its shores you can find many picturesque villages, like Bellagio, Menaggio, Lenno, Tremezzo and Varenna, with their beautiful villas and gorgeous gardens.

Many movie directors chose it as a set of their masterpieces for its uncommon beauty.
Lake Como is actually one of the favorite destinations for foreign couples who want to marry in a magical Italian location. Thanks to its geographical setting and its mild climate, weddings can be planned from March up to October-November.

Venues like Villa del Balbianello speak for themselves: an amazing villa on a rock on the water shores. 
Legal civil ceremonies can be held directly here.

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There are many other venues that could be chosen for your wedding reception and ceremonies: churches overlooking the lake or villas or luxury hotels such as Villa d’Este. 

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During their stay, brides and grooms and their guests can easily discover the lovely lake surroundings or visit some of the most important, interesting cities of northern Italy such as Milan, Verona and Venice.

Moreover, all Milan airports are very close to Lake Como: Malpensa, Linate and Orio al Serio are more or less 45 minutes drive from the lake.
The refined and elegant atmosphere of these places offers couples a romantic and touching setting for their ceremony: both catholic or civil services. 
Charming venues and delicious food will be a perfect mix for gorgeous wedding receptions.

In the next posts we’ll be showing you some of the most unique locations of Lake Como.

Stay tuned!

Tuscany VENUES

BORGO STOMENNANO

10 Gennaio 2022

Hi, hope you spent some beautiful holidays!

Today we’ll present to you the third and last Tuscan venue of this series: Borgo Stomennano.

The tiny village (borgo) of Stomennano is located in the heart of the Chianti region close to Monteriggioni, one of the most famous medieval walled towns of Tuscany.

It is also 15 minutes from Siena and about 40 minutes from Florence, the region’s art-packed capital.

It was built on ancient Etruscan and Roman ruins that are visible to this day, and it is indeed as a Roman outpost that it first appears in written records dating back to 1059. The name Stomennano may be of Etruscan origin, but it most probably derives from the latin “strumentum” of “pacis” after peace treaties stipulated between the local population and the Roman invaders.

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Borgo Stomennano is surrounded by woods, vineyards and olive groves, and with its final transformation in 1700 was converted into the holiday residence it remains to this day.

It is included in the list of National Historical Buildings.

An arch connects the two identical buildings of the villa, each of which has a distinct utilization: one, with its large drawing rooms and bedrooms, is the Historical residence, while the other contains the wine cellars that produce Chianti Classico and the ancient barn whose airy spaces are now used for social events hosting up to 200 guests.

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All around the Italian-style garden with fountains and antique statues are several buildings of the ancient borgo that once housed the farmers, the workshops, the oil mill and the stables that made Stomennano a self-sufficient village.

Some of these farm houses have been transformed into charming and comfortable apartments that can host up to 38 people.

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This unique rural retreat offers countless locations for the ceremony, the reception, the dinner, the preparation of the bride and the groom and all the wedding moments: from the terraced gardens to the romantic garden behind the villa to the infinity pool area facing the vineyard and the Tuscan landscape.

In case of bad weather there are many internal areas too: the ballrooms, the Granary and the Lemon Trees House.

Here are some pictures of wedding moments and special corners of Borgo Stomennano.

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Next week we’ll continue our journey through Italy, keep following us!

Have a good week!

Tuscany VENUES

RELAIS CORTE DEI PAPI

1 Gennaio 2022

Hi everyone!

Hope you are enjoying your holidays, even in this difficult time!

Today we want to introduce you to La Corte dei Papi, a stunning country residence of the 1700s located a few kilometers from Cortona.

It is nestled in a small valley surrounded by the typical suggestive rolling hills of Tuscany that offer peace, tranquility and an amazing scenery.

There is also a large pine forest and grounds of about 2 hectares.

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The swimming pool is the frame of the summer restaurant and the protagonist of outdoor events.

The internal area of the restaurant, which once was the old cellar of the residence, includes large rooms with stone walls and exposed wooden beams.

The Renaissance Mirror Room, bright and uniquely decorated, is the perfect place for sophisticated receptions.

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The menu offers a wide selection of Tuscan specialities, both modern and traditional. The chef and his staff personally prepare all of the dishes, including the bread, pasta and desserts. The same can be said for the food offered at breakfast.

The Lounge Bar, with its classic and elegant atmosphere, can host parties until 5 a.m. In summer the Lounge Bar opens its doors to the swimming pool, where guests can immerse themselves in the serenity of the gardens while sipping cocktails and letting themselves be pampered by the romantic view of a breathtaking sunset.

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The Relais offers 16 accurately restored luxury rooms that still preserve the antique charm of the 18th century, with ancient furniture, fine curtains and linens. 

Relais Corte dei Papi is the perfect mix of culture and tradition, luxury and comfort, all immersed in a truly remarkable natural scenery.

As always, if you want to know more, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Our most sincere wishes for a serene 2022, see you soon!

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Christmas Holidays in Italy

27 Dicembre 2021

This week we want to stop one moment and dedicate a post to Christmas holidays, and to the endless, secular, heartwarming Christmas traditions in Italy.

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Here in Italy, Christmas celebration lasts about one month, starting on December 8th, the day of the “Immacolata”, on which traditionally the “presepe” (Nativity scene) and the Christmas tree are set up, and lasting until the Epiphany, celebrating the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus, on January 6th.

On December 24, 1223 St. Francis of Assisi commissioned Giovanni Vellita, a villager of Greccio, in the province of Lazio, to create what was to be the first Nativity scene in the world. It was created in one of the caves of the local monastery. A layer of straw had been spread on the stone floor and a primitive crib had been placed in a corner. Around it were a donkey, an ox and a dozen of peasants. From that moment on, the Italian tradition of the “presepe” was born.

Today, the Presepe consists of small, hand-carved figurines, usually made in the region of Naples, set in scenes representing Jesus’ birth. However, the Italian presepe often consists of more than just a traditional nativity crib with the Holy Family and baby Jesus in the stable. Italian families usually build an entire scene or village consisting of hand-made houses, bridges and shops, using cork to create mountains, to which electrically powered wells and lights are added. Baby Jesus is only added to the scene on Christmas night. 

It is one of the most beloved and enduring symbols and activities of the Christmas season.

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Besides the “presepe” and the Christmas tree, there are many other traditional decorations that you will find in Italian houses during the Christmas period. We’re talking about garlands, lights, candles, centerpieces and all types of greenery that are typically used to enhance the Christmas atmosphere and make the house joyful, colorful and warm. 

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In Italy, Christmas Eve is usually a family gathering. Traditionally, the “cenone” (Christmas supper) is served at home and the menu varies from region to region, but traditionally it excludes meat items and is based mainly on fish. 

Family parties continue until almost midnight when everyone attends church services and worships.

The Christmas Day dinner is the most important Christmas family tradition in Italy. Usually It is a large meal complete with appetizers, starters, first and main course, and desserts. 

The main course can be stuffed cappone (capon) or tacchino, mixed roast, roast beef or cotechino.

For dessert, there are all kinds of fancy holiday breads, such as panettone, filled with candied fruits, and such sweets as cannoli, a cheese-filled pastry, and many other delicacies. Another famous Christmas bread is pandoro which originated from Verona. The Torrone (nougat), with honey or chocolate almonds or pistachios, is the most typical of the Christmas sweets. 

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Saint Stephen’s Day, the day after Christmas and the Feast of the first Christian martyr, is a public holiday in Italy.

It is not uncommon that couples decide to marry during Christmas, to enjoy the magical atmosphere of traditions and holidays that surrounds wintertime in Italy.

If you wish to explore this possibility too, our advice for the best locations during Christmas are for sure the Alps, Dolomites and Apennines but also Sicily and Apulia are becoming more and more popular in winter.

We wish you a joyful, serene Christmas holidays and to spend some beautiful holidays.

See you next time!

Tuscany VENUES

VILLA GRABAU

17 Dicembre 2021

Today we’ll move to Tuscany to talk about Villa Grabau.

It is a charming historic private Villa dating back to the year 1550, located just 7 kilometers from Lucca, one of Tuscany’s most beloved artistic cities.

The building has a neoclassical style that offers the guest suggestions of an unchanged time.

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Laid down on the hills, the historic compound of Villa Grabau is surrounded by a 9 hectares botanical park divided in several architectural gardens and dotted with centuries-old trees and true arboreal rarities.

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While walking through the park, you will discover the “Limonaia” (Lemon house), an impressive conservatory for XVII century’s lemon trees.

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In the “Limonaia”, which has an architecturally striking and fascinating ambiance, it is possible to organize wedding receptions surrounded by the “Ficus pumila” that falls from the majestic ceiling’s beams, creating a unique and incomparable atmosphere. 

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In the “Teatro di Verzura”, harmoniously proportioned and refined, it is possible to celebrate symbolic and civil ceremonies.

This secluded corner of the Park, defined by box tree hedges, is particularly appreciated by florists, who can create romantic and scenic designs with their floral decorations. 

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The halls on the ground floor of the Villa are made to host events: two big central halls, from which you can see the whole Park, surrounded by several secluded sitting rooms, beautifully decorated and furnished with period pieces and paintings.

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Another area available for a wedding ceremony or a reception plunged in a totally green-coloured scenery is the English Garden behind the Villa.

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If you want to spend the night here, 4 exclusive Villas that are part of the estate are located just minutes by foot from Villa Grabau.

“L’Arancera”, the newest and largest one, can accommodate up to 23 people and includes a saltwater infinity pool with hydromassage.

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The estate can accommodate a total of 57 people for the night and host weddings with up to 300 guests.

Tying the knot at Villa Grabau is a unique experience: the estate is complete with all the amenities, provides plenty of different spectacular environments and offers endless possibilities to customize your wedding and make it unique.

See you next time for other magical wedding venues!

Inspiration Tuscany

Wedding in Tuscany: what to expect

11 Dicembre 2021

Cypress alleys, patchwork fields and crumbling castellos. Everyone can picture Tuscany, but it’s not always easy to capture the immensity of the endless waves of green you see with the naked eye, or the timeless quality of ancient stone streets.

The region’s idyllic, lush country terrain, dedication to seasonal food and love of high culture have made it one of the most sought-after wedding destinations in Europe. 

With Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Siena, Versilia, Maremma and Chianti all within a short driving distance of each other, Tuscany offers the appeal of city to country living, in style.

Tuscany is located more or less in the center of Italy. Renowned for its beautiful coast line towards the Tyrrhenian sea, it has a multifaceted landscape consisting of flat coastal plains, soft rolling hills, oak and Mediterranean pine forested mountains, and long dormant volcanoes.

Tuscany is one of the most loved and adored places in the world due to the fact that it is rich in art, culture, history, amazing nature, and well-preserved traditions. There is plenty to inspire an artist, a historian or a photographer as well as a tourist hungry for art, culture, adventure and food and wine.

Tying the knot here truly is an experience of a lifetime.

If you’ve chosen Tuscany already or are curious about the best tuscan wedding locations (there are plenty!), we’ll get back to you next week with some venues’ presentations.

Have a great weekend!

VENUES

VILLA DURAZZO

3 Dicembre 2021

 The third and last Ligurian venue we want to present is Villa Durazzo and Villa San Giacomo.

It is an architectural complex located in Santa Margherita Ligure, one of the most attractive and elegant towns of Liguria, 35 kilometers from Genoa and 10 minutes from Portofino.

The complex is one of the most important historical sites of the area and is also a museum.

It is situated in the center of the village and right above the harbor of Santa Margherita.

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It is composed of Villa Durazzo and the smaller Villa San Giacomo, that was built in the 19th century.

Dating back to the 17th century, Villa Durazzo is a typical Alessian square based construction and is surrounded by a vast secular park which faces the sea, dotted with fountains, exotic plants, neoclassical statues and cobbled paths.

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The garden offers a wide open-air space for refined wedding receptions and there is the possibility to celebrate civil ceremonies immersed in the lush vegetation of the park.

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The internal halls, furnished with period pieces and decorated with frescoes, stuccoes and marble details, can host more than 100 people for a wedding dinner.

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Here are other pictures of some weddings in Villa Durazzo that are worth sharing.

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Photo credits: Andrea Bagnasco

If you want to know more about the beauty and uniqueness of this place, and all the possibilities it offers to organize a wonderful wedding, contact us!

And stay tuned for the next post, we’ll give other free advice to find the most charming venues around Italy 😉

Have a good day and weekend!

@villadurazzo @villadurazzoweddings

VENUES

CASTELLO CANEVARO

29 Novembre 2021

Hi everyone,

today we want to present another beautiful wedding location in Liguria: Castello Canevaro.

This spectacular castle is located in Zoagli, an ancient Roman town 30 km from the Genoa Airport.

The building is perched on a spur of rock that protrudes in the center of a gulf, named Gulf of Tigullio, and has direct access to a private beach with crystal-clear waters.

The position and the structure of this mansion are definitely unique. 

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The venue is surrounded by panoramic gardens and terraces overlooking the sea.

The largest one offers a view of the Portofino promontory and is dotted with maritime pines and secular oaks.

Here is where wedding receptions are usually organised; the garden can comfortably host 200 people for a seated dinner and up to 300 for buffets.

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Inside there are 2 halls of the eighteenth-century garrison and 4 beautiful lounges in case of bad weather.

Concerning the ceremony, a chapel for the religious rite is located just 150 meters from the castle and the panoramic Saracen tower, recently restored by the Municipality, is perfect for civil weddings.

Symbolic ceremonies can be celebrated directly in the gardens of the castle.

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The venue offers different solutions for accommodation.

There are 3 elegant double rooms and 2 apartments for a total of 14-16 sleeps.

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For the Catering service, Castello Canevaro works exclusively with one of the best companies of Genoa, Manuelina di Recco.

Castello Canevaro has many other features to discover, if you are interested just contact us and we’ll answer your questions.

Within the next few weeks we’ll present more venues, so stay tuned 🙂

Have a good week!

@castello_canevaro

Elisa

VENUES

L’EREMO DELLA MADDALENA

22 Novembre 2021

A unique wedding venue in Liguria

Hi everyone, we left next week saying we would have talked about a venue in Liguria.

Here we are with the description of one of the wedding locations of the Italian Riviera we like the most: L’Eremo della Maddalena.

The hermitage of La Maddalena is situated in an isolated position on a hill at about 3 kilometers from the town of Monterosso Al Mare, in the beautiful area of the Cinque Terre.

The view is spectacular.

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The complex was originally the home for a community of Benedictine monks, who depended on the monastery of St. Gerolamo della Cervara in Portofino.

It is composed of 2 buildings, the church and the monastery.

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The monastery comes with a charming internal cloister, with semi-circular arches supported by brick columns.

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The atmosphere of the venue is warm and cosy, but also sophisticated and with much attention to detail.

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One of the best features of the place is the beauty of the outdoor areas.

A vast park facing the sea, dotted with secular olive trees and relaxing areas from which you can enjoy the panorama while caressed by the sea breeze.

The venue can host weddings with a maximum of 120/150 guests and there are different areas to choose from for the wedding reception.

There is also a terrace, a courtyard and a swimming pool area.

In case of bad weather they offer the possibility to set up a tensile structure.

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In the picture below, a wedding reception under the gazebo.

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La Maddalena sleeps up to 10/12 people and is divided into two separate wings that are united by the internal covered courtyard. Upon entering the main wing of the house there is a small living room with a fireplace that leads into the large and fully equipped country style kitchen.

The rooms were obtained from the cells of the old monastery and are decorated with antique furnishings.

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If you are intrigued by this evocative place like we are and want to know more, contact us, we’ll give you all the information you need.

Stay tuned for other beautiful wedding locations!

@la_maddalena_cinqueterre

Elisa