One of the top venues on Lake Como

If you have been researching venues on Lake Como, chances are you ran into Villa Pizzo somewhere! That is not by chance, as Villa Pizzo is a veteran in the wedding space, hosting A-list celebrities like Chrissy Teigen and John Legend.

As a photographer who has had the pleasure of working in this 300-year-old location, here are some things to expect. In this blog we will talk about:

  • Why it's a great venue for stunning photos
  • The transportation aspect
  • The communication with the managers
  • Expected costs
linen seating chart hanging from vines with lake como in the background
sunset beams peaking through trees with ivy covered balcony highlighted and lake como and hills in the background
wedding ceremony with four big vases with lavish pastel flowers and lake como in the background
wedding couple in luxurious outfits standing in front of old orange building Villa Pizzo

Is it Photogenic?

Surly Villa Pizzo wouldn't get its notoriety if it didn't make the perfect background for all kinds of luxury weddings! If the question is whether this venue is the best setting for your wedding, here are a few things to consider.

This venue is also in the perfect spot for beautiful golden hour and sunset lighting. The sun will make the lake glow with beautiful warm light in the evening, and during the day it will stay behind the Grand Dock.

Villa Pizzo is comparable to a museum, with original XVIII-century furniture; for this reason, the villa's interiors will be pretty much off-limits if not for photos. However, the venue has a gorgeous orange building (pictured above) that serves as the actual getting-ready space!

Each time I visit Villa Pizzo, I discover new picture-worthy spots. Starting from the old concierge building to the fragrant Orangerie, every corner inspires to capture the most romantic images.

beautiful American woman in white getting ready robe in luxurious room
groom waits by leaning on doorframe in hallway of villa pizzo with checkered floor
bride and groom step up a stone staircase covered in ivy, veil blowing in the wind
luxury dressed wedding couple leans on stone railing in front of lake como
bride holds parasol and groom embraces her standing in front of fiat abart
bride standing in harsh shadow and light holding parasol
bride and groom walk in warm sun glow with villa pizzo in the background

How to Get to Villa Pizzo?

Villa Pizzo is probably one of the easiest-to-reach wedding venues in Lake Como. If you want to visit, let's say, from Milan, all you have to do is take the train to Como Lake, and a few feet away from the station, you will find the ferry dock that will take you to Cernobbio. From there, the Villa is a short walk away! If you prefer, you can always rent a car or Vespa at Como Rental Solutions, also a short walk from the train station.

For your wedding day, your guests will have many close lodging options, and it will be pretty easy to arrange private transportation from the main hubs of Como or Cernobbio.

bride and groom walking holding parasols with harsh sun and shadows
bride and groom kissing on a boat in lake como with villa pizzo in the background
bride and groom posing in front of railing in lake como
beautiful floral installment wedding altar with big vases in villa pizzo lake como
bride with short hair and groom kiss in front of floral installment with huge vases and lake como in the background
groom kisses bride's shoulder on boat in front of lake como in black and white


Let's get this out of the way: vendors in Italy can sometimes be hard to reach. I was a bride once, too, and I understand the struggle. Adding to that the language barrier, it can be hard even to know where to start planning a destination wedding in Lake Como!

That is NOT THE CASE with Villa Pizzo. The venue manager is, first of all, super quick at responding to emails and calls. Secondly, they are very fluent in English, so miscommunication isn't an issue.

If you are still worried about communication, my best tip is to look for a planner who understands your wishes and your language. And to add to the magic of a fantastic wedding team, a photographer like me who has lots of experience both in the North American wedding industry and in Italy, whose first language is Italian but can write this post fully in English!

vow books with blue silk ribbon and blue initial emblem
groom in foreground watching bride get ready in villa pizzo
bride brushes her neck wearing sunglasses sitting on boat in lake como with groom sitting next to her
bride and groom dressed in luxury outfits walking hand in hand
bride and groom kissing in beautiful sunlight backlit villa pizzo
cool bride and groom wearing designer sunglasses on boat on lake como at sunset
boat sailing away on lake como
detail of water and wave on lake como
bride and groom standing in front of gray abarth holding parasols

What's the cost?

This will vary greatly based on the type of ceremony and reception you are trying to host in Villa Pizzo. For an elopement with just the two of you, you should expect between 5-10k. If you are planning for a big guest count, the price can be up to 2k per head.


I hope this guide helped give you an idea of what your wedding day in Villa Pizzo might look like! If you are looking for a photographer to capture all the genuine moments and give you a luxury customer care experience, reach out on my Contact Form today to check availability.