Surrounded by the Alps and their snowy peaks, Lake Maggiore, one of the biggest Italian lakes, is surely the perfect place to celebrate your wedding.
This lake touches the canton of Ticino in Switzerland and flows through Piedmont and Lombardy.
Its particular climate has favored the proliferation of typically Mediterranean plants, such as lemons, olives and laurel.
You will also find numerous azaleas, rhododendrons and magnolias that adorn its lush gardens, while on hills spontaneously grow rates, hollyhocks and chestnuts.
Getting married on Lake Maggiore
Lake Maggiore might seem quite a remote place, difficult to reach, but it is just over an hour from the city of Milan and as near as 40 minutes from Malpensa Airport. If you are thinking of a wedding surrounded by lush nature and romantic atmospheres, you are in the right place.
On Lake Maggiore you may find wonderful gardens, medieval villages, vintage villas and natural and architectural beauties. That’s why it’s one of the favorite destination for many celebrities, which choose Lake Maggiore and its surroundings for their events and celebrations, or even just to spend relaxing and fulfilling time.
The tradition of nobility and elegance usually associated with Lake Maggiore is due to the Borromeo family, and it is no coincidence that the Borromean Islands are its main attraction. On board of a small boat you can reach these islets and take some special and romantic shots.
Let’s start with Isola Bella, where the sumptuous Borromese palace resides, rich in artwork, tapestries, precious furniture and fantastic gardens on overlaid terraces.
Isola Madre is a real open-air botanical garden, rich in rare plants and exotic animals. And last but not least, Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen’s Island), a small, quaint village with the church of San Vittore which still retains a Romanesque apse dating back to the 11th century.
On Isola dei Pescatori you find also the Hotel Verbano with its charming vintage-chic restaurant. It is hard to choose amongst all those wonderful venues. On Lake Maggiore you will find that place that will best suit your needs, a special place that will make your event just unique.
The area of Stresa is full of elegant and wonderful hotels, which rise up along the lakeshore, like Villa Frua and Villa Aminta. Villa Frua, surrounded by a centuries-old garden, is a true charming place where liberty architectural elements get along very well with the contemporary Italian design furnishings. Its precious finishes such as antique durmast or Venetian oak floors or the rosettes of some ceilings make it a modern and classy place.
Villa Aminta, on the other hand, with its a bit more of baroque feeling, is a refined five-star resort, luxurious and elegant.
Let’s get to Verbania Pallanza, where we find Villa Rusconi Clerici, one of the most popular resorts on Lake Maggiore, especially for its unique position close to the shores of the lake overlooking the Borromean Islands.
Its stunning English-style garden restores an idyllic and romantic atmosphere and might likely be the perfect place to take your photographic service.
Villa Claudia Dal Pozzo and Villa Muggia are going to bring you back to that lovely vintage classy mood. The first one, with its typical Victorian style, is truly a unique place that offers a breathtaking view of Lake Maggiore, and also has a private jetty which allows you and your guests to enter with private boats, after, let’s say, a wonderful photo shoot on the Borromean Islands. Instead, Villa Muggia is surrounded by a centuries-old garden, and it’s the ideal place to stay if you want to make a great event that recalls the atmosphere of the Belle Époque.
We can not forget the Rocca di Angera venue, who dominates the lake from a rocky spur and reflects its walls in crystal clear waters.
The structure is typically medieval with vaulted ceilings and large courtyards, a rustic cellar and elegant frescoes. Going up the terrace you can admire a breathtaking panorama that directly overlooks the Piedmont shore: the perfect background for and intense snapshot. Then there is the Abbey of Santo Spirito-Villa Giannone, immersed in the quiet hills of Lake Maggiore, immediately outside Arona. This venue dates back to 1200 and is now one of the most requested locations for weddings and special events which aim for a country-chic mood.
Completely immersed in nature, the Holy Spirit Abbey also offers a small private chapel where you can celebrate your ceremony intimately. In its garden you’ll be able to plan the nicest en-plain-air banquet.
Finally, if you want to go north to the Swiss border, then you cannot miss the fantastic Brissago Islands and the small village of Maccagno, real natural jewels.
Last but not least, we can’t forget about the beautiful Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso, embossed on a rocky cliff overlooking the lake. You can reach it through the panoramic staircase and let yourself be mesmerised by one of the most beautiful backdrops of the lake.
These are just some of the many suggestive locations and venues that you will find on Lake Maggiore, a place that will surely enhance any romantic feeling you wish for your wedding event.
Lake Maggiore is for those of you who want a classy but still authentic wedding, close to nature and at the same time full comfortable for guests and spouses; the ideal place to deeply feel the atmosphere of those golden old days.
Lake Maggiore Wedding Photography
Lake Maggiore is really the perfect place to make a photographic service rich in lights and intensity. It’s not just about catching the moment: it is also about the deepest suggestions, just like when you see the mountains around the lake crossed by majestic clouds and everything becomes bright and the greenery gets more and more intense… a really intimate and romantic picture.
Cobbled streets, mossy rocks, wrought iron, dark green climbers, and delicate flowers, all embedded in a liberty style: that’s what will contribute to make your wedding photographs a precious memory that won’t be fading over time. There is a place in particular which expresses the ideal of intense nature that celebrates romantic and absolute love.
It is Villa San Remigio, with its homonymous church, in the Pallanza Verbania area. The story of this villa is really romantic: it was built in the early twentieth century to represent the concrete manifestation of love between the marquis Silvio della Valle di Casanova, a poet and a Neapolitan musician, and the Irish painter Sofia Browne. The two wanted to symbolize their love through the blend of art and nature, building something that still left us in awe, still offering today rich atmospheres and suggestions.
Lake Maggiore is inviting and fascinating, and it returns all of its beauty in pictures and photographs: whether you want an intimate ceremony, a grand celebration or a more modern and minimalist style, you won’t surely be disappointed.