The small villages on the shore of the lake are in fact full of castles and historic mansions, perfect to celebrate weddings and civil unions. The lake will do the rest, with its breath taking views, mild climate and long tradition of hospitality. Let's see some of the most exclusive castles and mansions where you can get married in the northern part of Lake Garda.
1 - Rocca in Riva del Garda
Let's start this list with the most famous building in Riva del Garda, together with the Apponale tower. We are talking about the Rocca, the fortress that has been guarding the entrance to Riva’s port for almost 900 years. The castle, which is also home to the Alto Garda Museum, is regularly used as a location for weddings and civil unions. You can choose between a room on the ground floor, and the small park overlooking the lake.
2 - Arco Castle
Let's move inland, to one of the sunniest areas in the whole of northern Lake Garda. We are in the city of Arco. Let’s walk through the small historic centre and head into the olive tree grove that rises behind it. It takes about twenty minutes on foot to reach the castle overlooking the valley ("la busa", for locals). There, in the shadow of the mighty tower, with a view that sweeps up to the lake, you can celebrate your wedding on the large lawn, scene of tournaments, rides and duels.
3 - Penede Castle in Nago
The ruins of Castel Penede are located on top of the rock overlooking the town of Nago, guarding the road that connects Garda with Vallagarina. According to legend, the great poet Dante Alighieri visited this place, and then mentioned in the 20th chapter of his masterpiece Inferno. Since 2017, the Municipality of Nago-Torbole has chosen to allow weddings and civil unions to be celebrated on the lawn in front of the castle. This is the ideal place for those who want to fill their hearts with love, and their eyes with beauty.
4 - Drena Castle
Immersed in the lunar landscape of the Marocche, Drena Castle overlooks the entrance of the Cavedine valley like a millenary stone soldier. The first evidence of this building dates back to prehistory and the Bronze Age. How many love stories do you think its walls have seen? Yours could be next!
5 - Malcesine Scaliger Castle
Let’s leave the waters of Garda Trentino and move to the Veronese shore. There, near the lake, the Scaliger Castle of Malcesine stands. This ancient manor, mentioned in Goethe's "Journey to Italy", is a spectacular location for weddings and civil unions. For your ceremony, you can choose between two rooms, or opt for the terrace overlooking the lake, the mountains and the village. This is one of the most sought-after locations for weddings on Lake Garda. If you think it might be right for you, remember that you need to book well in advance.
6 - Other villas and castles for a Lake Garda wedding
These are just five ideas for a castle wedding near Lake Garda. There are many more possibilities all over the lake - like the Dogana Veneta in Lazise, the Scaliger castles in Torri del Benaco and Sirmione, the Rocca in Lonato, the villa in Isola del Garda. They are all magical places that will not fail to amaze your guests, and make your day even more special.With its long experience in wedding planning, Astoria Park Hotel Spa is at your side to help you choose the best location, and to organize a truly unforgettable reception on the most important day of your life.
Would you like to organize a symbolic ceremony somewhere besides castles? Read this post with detailed information on LOCATIONS FOR A LAKE GARDA WEDDING!