Italy really does offer a little something for everyone. Beaches, castles, wineries, the location of your destination wedding will ultimately need to be defined by the style of ceremony and reception you have dreamed of. We have however, searched high and low for some Italian style romance and not just your normal run of the mill venues…
Monastery of San Galgano
Dating back to the 12th century, if you want to be surrounded by walls that have stood the test of time, we have your venue. The architecture alone is stunning.
Castello di Vincigliata, Fiesole, Florence
With a flare of chivalry and traditional values, the terrace, medieval elegance, stylish rooms and stunning views look down on the romantic city of Florence. It is a reception venue only but there are plenty of ceremony venues nearby to choose from.
Palazzo Vecchio, Florence
Beautifully ornate, the Red Hall at the Palazzo is a top choice for civil weddings. Located in the heart of the city, it also means that the iconic Ponte Vecchio is within walking distance for magical photos. Celebrate with a reception at a nearby countryside winery.
Hassler Roma Hotel, Rome
Situated at the top of the iconic Spanish Steps and close by the Trevi Fountain, this hotel is pure urban elegance. The top terrace is the most sought after space thanks to its unbeatable panoramic views over Rome. Do note however, that this is a reception and symbolic wedding ceremony venue only.
St Peter’s Basilica
The largest church in the world in the smallest city in the world, getting married in the Vatican is a dream for Catholics worldwide. Catholic weddings are celebrated Cappella del Coro (Chapel of the Choir) but strict rules, regulations and paperwork must be adhered to.
Venetian Gondola, Venice
Ok, so it can’t be a legal ceremony but a symbolic one it is nonetheless. It also seriously limits the guest list, so a gondola is not the ideal option for everyone. It is none the less a fairytale one if the number of invitees comes to just a handful.
St. Mark’s Basilca, Venice
One of the most beautiful cities in Italy, Venice is high on the list when it comes to romance. While there are plenty of options for civil weddings, a Catholic wedding can indeed be held at St. Mark’s Basilica. Specific paperwork, booking requirements and rules do need to be followed. Weddings in the Basilica take place in the crypt of the eastern arm. The piazza outside also provides a great photo backdrop.
Gardens of Augustus, Capri
If you have never been to Capri, now is your chance. Serene and tranquil, the beautiful island is an exquisite appetizer of everything Italy does best. The Gardens of Augustus are particularly well-known and are stunning in the spring and summer months.
Villa Arvedi, Verona
A step back in time to the grandeur of Italian nobility, this 17th century stately manor house commands a prestigious presence. Its fresco paintings, charming baroque chapel and astounding gardens make it all the more grandiose and majestic.
Castello Monaci, Puglia
This ivy-clad castle built in the 1700s is everything you would imagine a fairytale castle to be. Turrets flank its main facade and vaulted ceilings span its interior. The adjacent vineyard, poolside terrace, Hall of Shields, inner courtyard and majestic gardens all serve as the perfect wedding space.
There are so many beautiful wineries and mountain top villas in which to celebrate your wedding in Tuscany, it is hard to narrow it down to just one. Getting married under the Tuscan Sun, is however, just as magical as it sounds.
One of the most beautiful lakes in Italy, there are several stunning lakeside villas from which to take your pick. Villa Erba and Villa Carolotte seem to be the most popular for weddings, although Villa Seta and the Grand Hotel Tremezzo would certainly not disappoint.