You have decided that Italy is going to be the perfect destination for your upcoming wedding
Let me tell you that you have made a great choice! Italy has so much to offer: romantic cities full of history, amazing landscapes, tasty food and good wine, nothing in the world is similar to this country! One of the first things to consider is where in Italy you want to get married. Italy is divided into 3 areas: Northern, Central and Southern. Each of them offers different options, based on what you are looking for.
Thinking of an exclusive and luxury wedding? Then you should go for Como Lake or Venice, both based in Northern Italy. Are you looking for good wine and amazing landscapes? I am pretty sure that Tuscany, Umbria, and Marche are the perfect fit for your wedding. Are you desiring a wedding by the seaside in a warm, romantic place? Amalfi Coast, Sicily, and Apulia are waiting for you and your guests.
Once you have decided the region it’s time to start searching for the perfect wedding venue: even though I definitely recommend hiring a wedding planner for choosing the right wedding venue, here is a list of 10 of the best wedding venues in Italy based on my experience.
Destination Wedding in Northern Italy
Known as the most productive area of the country, this area is formed by eight regions. The most famous wedding venues are located between Veneto, Lombardia and Liguria.
Wedding in Villa Balbiano, Lake Como
Located on a shore of Lake Como, this exclusive wedding venue is an historical “Palazzo”. Nowadays is the largest private residence on Lake Como: you will be charmed by its immense italian garden and by the museum that features furniture, paintings and antiques. Villa Balbiano was listed as one of the most important venues on Lake Como: a perfect solution for a destination wedding, an exclusive party or a romantic elopement.
Getting married in St. Regis Hotel, Venice
In the heart of Venice, close by San Marco Square, the St. Regis is a 5-star luxury hotel who features a modern style blended with its historical origins. Could you imagine your wedding dinner al fresco in one of the hotel’s exclusive terrace, looking at the gondolas riding on Canal Grande?
Destination Wedding in Portofino, Belmond Hotel Splendido
This former 16th Century Monastery has been restored and nowadays it is one of the most glamorous wedding venue overlooking the Italian Riviera. “A true cinematic escape in the hills overlooking Portofino”, says the hotel’s official website: planning your destination wedding here means to live a glimpse of “Dolce Vita”!
Wedding in Central Italy
Considered as the “heart” of the country, this area is formed by 4 regions: Tuscany, Umbria, Marche and Lazio. All of them hosts a variety of wedding venues, even though the most popular region for destination wedding is Tuscany.
Il Borro Destination Wedding in Tuscany
Owned by the famous Italian stylist Ferruccio Ferragamo, Il Borro is a wedding venue that epitomizes the spirit of Tuscany. The estate is immersed in the Tuscan countryside and offers a variety of activities, such as wine tasting, golf,horse riding and much more. Il Borro can host up to 200 guests for your destination wedding.
Exclusive Wedding in Siena at Villa Cetinale
Located close to Siena, this 17th century Villa was built in a Roman baroque style. Its gardens, enriched with a wide variety of flowers and plants, are amongst the most beautiful you can find in Italy. This wedding venue is a perfect choice if you want to reach easily all of the other parts of Tuscany.
La Badia Destination Wedding in Umbria
A charming wedding venue set in Orvieto, a town full of history between Umbria and Tuscany. This carefully restored Benedictine abbey hosts a 4-star hotel which features an in-room SPA. Celebrate your destination wedding in the beautiful lush garden or in the private church and enjoy an elegant reception under the stars.
Wedding in Rome, Villa Aurelia
Rome couldn’t miss a spot on this list of 10 of the best wedding venues in Italy! Located in a dominating position over the Janiculum hill, this exclusive villa features one of the most breathtaking views of Rome. You will be charmed by its majestic salon and by the beauty of the gardens: this Villa is rented on an exclusive basis only so you will be able to choose the area that you prefer for your wedding.
Wedding in Southern Italy
Also known as “Mezzogiorno”, this area includes 8 regions. Of course lots of you will know Campania for its famous Amalfi Coast, by the way even the other regions, such as Apulia, will surprise you for their wedding venues offering.
Wedding in Sorrento at Villa Astor
It’s not easy to explain with words the feelings that evoke this stunning wedding venue. Rising above the sea on a cliff, Villa Astor is a luxurious historical Villa with one of the most beautiful views of the bay of Naples. A private pier will give you access to a boat tour to Capri or Ischia, together with your beloved ones. Enjoy your wedding dinner al fresco under the stars or inside one of the salons.
Getting Married in Villa Cimbrone, Ravello
You may probably already have heard about Villa Cimbrone: this stunning venue is renowned not only for destination weddings but also because it hosted so many distinguished figures as well as artists and politician. The city center of Ravello can be easily reached by a 10 minute walk, during which you can enjoy a panoramic view. You can celebrate your civil, religious or symbolic wedding within the villa, followed by an elegant and exclusive reception with traditional delicious food homemade with organic ingredients.
Exclusive wedding in Borgo Egnazia
Imagine a destination wedding in a traditional village in southern Italy: bright colors, olive trees, tasty food surrounded by person with a warm personality. Borgo Egnazia offers all of this and much more, I have to admit that it is one of the most incredible venues in southern Italy that I have ever visited. This luxury resort usually hosts celebrities for their summer vacation, such as David and Victoria Beckham, Madonna, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel (who also got married there!)
I really hope that this list of 10 of the best wedding venues in Italy has helped you ironing out any uncertainty! What’s next? Once you have booked the wedding venue it’s time to look for other wedding vendors. Photography is usually one of the most important things to consider and I would be pleased to share with you more information about me and my vision. By clicking on this link you can head over to the contact page, looking forward to hearing about your wedding plans!
Want to know why you should tie the knot in Italy? Head over to this post to discover why Italy is the perfect choice for destination weddings!