Lake Maggiore is one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy as wedding location. Located between Switzerland and Italy, it has always enchanted future Italian and foreign couple, especially couples from Northern Europe. It is truly wonderful for us as wedding photographers to be able to work on the shores of this thrilling lake full of amazing villas, ancient villages, islands to visit. Throughout history, various Italian and foreign artists have been fascinated by it and have stayed there.
It is considered the largest of the pre-alpine lakes, here the name “Maggiore”. It is of glacial origin and is surrounded by reliefs and hills that shelter it from the cold northern winds, the lake sees among its tributaries the Ticino which has traced a historic water route connecting the Po Valley with Central Europe. According to the well-known American magazine Women’s Wear Daily, Lake Maggiore is the most chic place for weddings in Italy, thanks to an evocative landscape and some of the most beautiful reception villas in the world.
It is important for future couples to understand what kind of reception they want because Lake Maggiore offers different possibilities for getting married: castles, fortresses and villas. Starting with the Visconteo Castle of Locarno, the Rocca di Arona and the Borromean fortress of Angera famous for the doll museum. Among the villas, the Borromeo Palaces of Isola Madre and Isola Bella, the eighteenth-century Villa Ponti di Arona and Villa Treves, in Belgirate, which saw Gabriele D’Annunzio and Giovanni Verga among its guests, are certainly of interest.
In Stresa you can find Villa Ducale and Villa Pallavicino with the zoological park, while in the splendid Verbania there are splendid villas such as Villa Giulia, Villa Taranto and the nearby Villa San Remigio. Whoever wished to have direct access to the lake could choose Villa Rusconi Clerici, for example. As photographers we can tell you that Lake Maggiore has more vivid colors than other lakes in Northern Italy precisely because it is more open, bigger , as well as having a definitely aristocratic “mood”.