The Gardens of Villa Melzi strech out along the lake shore and are armoniously inserted into the hilly scenery of the Bellagio peninsula that divides the two branches of Lario lake.
Inland, the Villa, the Chapel and the orangery, today transformed into a historical museum, are splendid expression of neo-classical style and as such stated national monument.

The Villa that became the Andrea Melzi’s residence at the end of his political career and afterwards his summer residence until his death was decorated and furnished by some of the most famous artists of the age. The English styled gardens, enriched with sculptures, was designed by the architect Luigi Canonica and by the botanist Luigi Villoresi, both responsible for the arrangement of Villa Reale park in Monza.

Stendhal described the beauty of the gardens of Villa Melzi in his book “Rome, Naples, Florence” dated 1817.

Getting ready location: Villa Marie – Tremezzo – Lake Como
Wedding location: Villa Melzi – Bellagio – Lake Como
Boat Service: Menaggio Water Limousine – Menaggio – CO

Keep love in your heart.
A life without it is like a
sunless garden when
the flowers are dead.

Oscar Wilde

But in general, Lake Como is one of the favorite destination of VIPs from all over the world. In the last few years, the lake has become a destination for social events often organized by George Clooney and his beautiful wife Amal, whose walls of their luxurious villa are home to equally famous friends, starting with Cindy Crawford and family, ending with two former presidents of the United States: Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, guests of the Hollywood star with their respective complete families.

The legendary historic villas of Lake Como are a wonderful opportunity to go back in time and experience the life of the wealthy European and families who lived there, the famed novelists who wrote, the composers who created, the artists who painted, and the people who fell in love, all inspired by the charm of this special Italian paradise. And one of the most iconic is  Villa Melzi, at Laglio, a treasure chest of memories of exploits and adventures on the western shore of the lake.

Villa Melzi - Wedding gallery

A short note about the wedding photographer:
Cristiano Ostinelli, Sony Global Imaging Ambassador [more info], grew up in the field of photo reportage since 1995, making a name for himself in several international competitions.
He is active in wedding photography: he photographed prestigious weddings all over the world – Italy, Greece, Spain, Austria, France, England, United States, Russia, India, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and United Arab Emirates, always with his spontaneous and extremely refined style. He’s a member of WPJA Wedding Photojournalist Association, ISPWP, Fearless Photographers and WPS.
Cristiano Ostinelli was nominated PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 by Wedding Photojournalist Association, and in 2018 the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers considers him the top wedding photographer in the world [more info].