Pierre Casiraghi and wife-to-be Beatrice Borromeo will celebrate their union twice in the coming weeks – once in a civil ceremony in Monaco, and again in a religious service and intimate series of celebrations at the bride’s family-owned and completely dreamy Borromean Islands.
According to Italian publication Dagospia the couple will marry on the Isola Bella, located in the isolated Lake Maggiore in Northern Italy.
Maggiore, meaning the “greatest, or superior”, is Italy’s second largest lake and the longest. With breathtaking views, hills in the south, mountains in the north, it is one of the country’s best treasures.
The couple will mark their marriage on one of the lake’s many beautiful islands and islets, which was a tiny fishing village until 1632, when Charles of the wealthy Borromeo family began the construction of a palace dedicated to his wife, Isabella D’Adda, from whom the island takes its name.
Isola Bella, which is a popular tourist attraction, is home to a palace, an Italianate garden and a small fishing village. It is also the same location where Beatrice’s older half-sister Matilde Borromeo married Prince Antonius von Fürstenberg in June 2011 and where Beatrice’s sister Lavinia married John Elkann in 2004.
Other islands include the mother of the Borromean islands, Isola Madre, which is home to a botanical garden which displays Europe’s largest example of a Kashmir Cypress tree, as well as Peacocks and rare species of birds.
Isola Superiore dei Pescatori (Fishermen’s Island) boasts beautiful countryside surrounding the lake and Isola San Giovanni the down-to-earth yet equally enchanting sister of the islands.
The evening reception will reportedly see the guests visit the Rocca di Angera, also called Borromeo Castle, which stands on a lakeside hilltop in the outskirts of the town of Angera on the lake’s southern shores.
The palace, with its sumptuous rooms filled with paintings and ornate furniture and spectacular gardens set on ten terraces that include an open air theatre with statues depicting the four elements, will make the perfect backdrop for the elegant proceedings.