Fairytale-worthy special events become reality when you set a great party against the perfect backdrop or venue. Today’s most popular party destinations are Europe’s scenic private villas. Whisk your friends away to celebrate your engagement, wedding, birthday, retirement or other milestone in style in your own exclusive Italian or French getaway.

What can you do with your own private villa? Host a unique multi-day event with a variety of gatherings in different settings around the property. Change up a single garden or lawn with different themes and entertainers to keep guests engaged throughout the weekend. A private villa acts as a great home base for those traveling in from out of town, and gives you a place to prepare for events and unwind when they end.

Wondering which properties offer the best views, service and amenities? Here are five of our favorite private villas for weddings and parties in Europe for you to consider.

Lake Como: Villa d’Este

Lake Como’s Villa d’Este offers luxury on a grand scale. The waterfront property with 152 rooms, four private villas onsite, romantic Baroque-style gardens, renowned service, and state-of-the-art sports and recreation facilities for your guests puts the “destination” in destination weddings and events.

Rome: Villa Aurelia

Featuring breathtaking views of Rome, the Villa Aurelia is so dedicated to your experience that it is rented for private events on an event-exclusive basis. You can choose from among its many prized sites when planning your own celebration, including the venue’s park-like gardens, flowing fountains and scenic pathways.

South of France: Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

French Riviera luxury, the interior décor rivals the stunning outdoor scenery, Gardens, fountains and stunning architecture. Warm, summery countenance with a purely Mediterranean feel.

Lake Como: Villa Balbiano

One of the jewels of Lake Como, you can reach the Villa Balbiano by land or by lake using its private pier. The interior is awash with marble floors and original frescoes. It also features a Central Salon with cathedral ceilings. Guests love the heated pool and unobstructed views of one of the most beautiful water playgrounds in Italy.

Rome: Villa Milani

The intimate Villa Milani is an elite venue in Rome, Italy with manicured gardens, modern amenities, period décor, and a beautiful pool with panoramic views. It is a deluxe hideaway where you can host a high-class event and still relax with your loved ones between festivities.

These are just a handful of our favorite European party villas. There are so many exquisite venues in Europe. You are sure to find one that perfectly matches your style.