When the words ‘romance’ and ‘wedding’ are used, few places come to mind as often as Italy. If you’re looking for a truly moving wedding venue that the couple and the guests will talk about and remember, step into the riches of wedding destinations in Italy.
You don’t have to be Italian to get marries in Italy of course, and many people from around the world travel there to mark the day in Italian style. Among them, George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin, Matthew Lewis and Angela Jones, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West – and many more. An Italian-based wedding planner is a valuable asset of course, to make sure all is as you want it to be.
All you’ll need then is your guest list, license, fiancée of course… and a great venue.
The list of wedding destinations in Italy is long, so here are just a few of our favourite regions and locations for a truly stunning Italian wedding.
The best place to get married in Italy
Rome is rich in history, steeped in romance, and has a wealth of luxury hotels and venues. From the Hotel Hassler Roma and its stunning park views, to the Medieval Castello della Castelliccia, there is a venue there that matches your vision of a romantic Roman wedding – and we don’t even need to mention the amazing photo opportunities the city has to offer!
Rome is expensive and busy, but that’s for a reason: few places on earth have Rome’s density of statuary, beautiful architecture, excellent restaurants and fine hotels. It has the best of everything an ancient capital can offer.
If the heart of this stunning city sets your heart racing, you’re not alone.
The Amalfi Coast is also a long-time favourite wedding location in Italy. The open beauty of the ocean aside the steep coastal cliffs and colourful buildings create a sense of fantasy and timelessness.
Venues like the NH Collection Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi, or the Lloyd’s Baia Hotel, perched cliff-side and boasting great views, wide and luxurious beaches nearby, and top-tier luxuries, offer excellent spots to tie the knot, and the honeymoon can take place right there at the hotel – or range around other Italian destinations.
Your sight will be full of beauty, your stomach satisfied with great food and wine, and your guests will be all smiles as they witness your commitment.
In the northwest is another of the country’s best wedding destinations. Italy is famous for food and charming views and the area epitomizes both of these – in the northern style.
The Old Monastery Town Hall that is available for wedding ceremonies and receptions, or you may prefer the seaside gothic beauty of the Church of Santa Margherita, or a restaurant inside a medieval fort and castle ruins.
The choice is wide and varied, so you’re sure to find the ideal spot. Fantasy, history and future, all combined for your perfect day.
No consideration of Italy can be made without mention of this famous region. The name evokes well-deserved images of villas, castles, and hillside villages straight from fairy tales.
Rent a private villa for your special day, set your nuptials in a vineyard, or secure an ancient ruin or garden. Terme di Saturnia Sap and Gold Resort is a lovely spot, as is the Villa I Barronci Resort and Spa and the Cliffside Resort Faro di Punta Fenaio.
Tuscany has something for everyone, but has a reputation for catering to high-end tourists and luxury events, so the only problem you may have in choosing a Tuscan venue, is narrowing it down to one!
Make your vows under a beautiful blue Tuscan sky then eat, laugh and love in the true spirit of passionate Italy.
Umbria is a lesser-known wedding destination in Italy, but it is also among the best. You can hire one of the castles to combine historical beauty and architecture with modern luxuries like swimming pools and spas, or you can rent an Italian farmhouse or rural estate.
Umbria has high-end luxury resorts too, so whatever kind of wedding you want, you can find a suitable venue among the beauty and charms of this region. The hilltop Borgobrufa Spa Resort is an adults-only option, and the Castello Di Montignano Relais is an excellent choice too.
Even with the excellent facilities and services, you’ll likely get more for your budget in Umbria than you would get in many of the more famous locations. It’s a great option for something chic, different, and unquestionably Italian.
Few cities in the world can claim to rival Venice for a reputation of romance and love, and none can beat it. Waterways for roads, ancient buildings sitting atop the ripples, black-lacquered gondolas gliding up and down the canals – the whole of the city is a backdrop for love and romance.
Great venue choices include the JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa, the Hotel Excelsior Venice Lido Resort, or you can avoid consider more secluded gems like the Boscolo Hotel Del Dogi; you’ll have all of the perks of Venice at your fingertips, without the crowds.
Flights here are frequent and often direct, and you’ll be able to take a deep breath, and let the pace of the romantic city guide you as you get those last-minute preparations sorted and welcome your guests. Your zen will flow like the deep waters of the Grand Canal.
This little island still holds to traditions of community togetherness when it comes to things like weddings. You can lead your guests through the charming little streets to your venue while locals offer goodwill and blessings, making it feel like the whole town is there to wish you well and smile on your union.
The Belmond Villa Sant’ Andrea in Taormina is a study in classic luxury, and the Resort Acropoli combines history with modern luxury for a comfortable, beautiful and unpretentious atmosphere. For a small wedding in a boutique setting, you’ll love the Seven Rooms Villadorata in Noto.
Drink in the romance, and enjoy the world-famous food and hospitality of this little Italian island, then honeymoon around greater Italy with ease, either by plane or train.
A long-time favourite holiday destination, Lake Como is also one of the best wedding destinations in Italy. The area has been popular with the jet-set for decades and, though it carries this pedigree, it is still a vibrant and lively place for young couples to show their mutual love and dedication before friends and family.
Combine a land-based ceremony with a lake cruise, fine dining and dancing. Luxury wedding venues like Villa Pizzo are abundant, and many are among the best wedding destinations in Italy. The Grand Hotel Tremezzo or the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni will charm your eyes with their lake views and your taste buds with fine food and wines.
Travel up and down the lake is easy, and there are several destinations worth checking out, both for you and your guests, before and after the day itself.
Lake Garda is also a favourite, not just because it offers much the same as Como in the way of amenities and scenery, but also because it normally comes in at a lower price. Unless the more famous name is important to you, this is a great way to get all of the ambience and beauty and save a little toward the honeymoon or some other dream for your new time together. The area is abundant in cliffs and valleys, beautiful waters, charming villages and a vibrant community of water-sports enthusiasts, foodies, and cultural connoisseurs.
Browse pictures of Le Terrazze Sul Lago Hotel for inspiration – and maybe even book it for your special day. Enjoy the mythical feel of Du Lac Et Du Parc Grand Resort or the sprawling Mediterranean vibes of the Hotel Caesius Thermae and Spa Resort.
An even lesser-known lake, with all the charms a wedding destination in Italy promises, is Lake Orta. This isn’t a hot spot on the tourist radar, and even many Italians wouldn’t know to mark it down on their list of places to visit – but that’s part of its appeal as a wedding destination.
Consider resorts like the Relais and Chateaux Villi Crespi or the Hotel Orta San Giulio for stylish tradition, or step into contemporary chic in La Darbia, where guests have their own private terraces and kitchenettes, and the resort includes play areas for those little wedding guests.
The lake and surroundings possess the typical beauty of northern Italian lakes, but are also more peaceful than the busier and more famous resorts. Popular with writers the likes of Lord Byron, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Robert Browning, the romance and mystique of the place is undeniable – great for marking the beginning of your future as a couple.
Your wedding destination in Italy
Whatever your final wedding destination turns out to be, setting your day in Italy is a great way to ensure beautiful surroundings, excellent food and wine, and an overall ambience of celebration and romance.
Your guests will thank you for your choice, you and your partner will love it, and for the rest of your lives, those pictures and memories will remind you of the spark of love that became your lives together as a couple and a family. Bon voyage, and have a wonderful wedding.