Top 5 Destinations for a Wedding in Italy

Destination weddings are a dream for many soon-to-be brides and grooms. After all, you can choose a destination of your dream and celebrate your special day in a setting of your choosing. Celebrating your wedding abroad also means that you and your spouse, as well as your guests, will be able to slip into holiday mode, be more relaxed for the big day, and be located in a spot where you can schedule a proper holiday around the wedding day.

Italy is undoubtedly a perfect choice to add something scenic and romantic to the backdrop for your wedding, as the country’s natural landscapes and beauty will only add to the beauty of what you dream up for your wedding day. Plus, the food is delicious, you’ll be surrounded by the magic of ancient sites, and the Italian culture exudes warm hospitality, a generous attitude and of course, style.

I was very tempted to plan my wedding in Italy, however, we ended up keeping it in the UK so that all our family members were able to attend. Because I’d already made my short-list of best destinations, I thought I’d share them here with you.

Sicily

The mountains meet the sea, with distinct archaeology and rich history and art in between, all on the beautiful island of Sicily. It has a great climate, making its wedding and holiday seasons each one of the longest seasons in all of Italy. You can take gorgeous wedding photos choosing from backgrounds of the colourful towns, the azure waters and sandy beaches, lush forests and more, while choosing from places such as Modica and Ragusa to host the ceremony and celebrations. A typical Sicilian villa would be a great setting for a wedding ceremony, where you can host a classic Sicilian feast to celebrate over wine and dance the night away, all tucked away in your own private corner of Sicily. To find the perfect location, you can explore websites like WishSicily where many of the villas in Sicily with a pool available for rent are displayed.

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Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is famous for its coastline, and more specifically sunset that you see reflect beautifully off the water and picturesque towns. One of the most photographed cities is Positano, though there are plenty of other beautiful cities that would make for the perfect backdrop for a wedding. For example, the town of Sorrento is a popular destination for weddings as it overlooks the Bay of Naples, boasting dramatic sea views. Ravello is another great option, as it is a peaceful town located 5km above the Amalfi coast with panoramic views.

Tuscany

Tuscany is a picturesque region of Italy that is has been a popular destination for destination weddings for quite some time. The gorgeous countryside in Tuscany has cypress trees, vineyards, and olive groves stretching between medieval towns and scenic hill towns. Imagine a vineyard wedding, fully immersed in the countryside and surrounded by all your loved ones. For a wedding in a gorgeous city with views of the surrounding area, the city of Montepulciano offers a base for all the festivities. Throughout the province of Siena, you can find castles and villas scattered throughout where you could hold the ceremony and host some guests, all the way to the quaint but proper city of Siena.

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Umbria

Umbria offers a similar setting to Tuscany for a wedding, but a bit more intimate.

Umbria is a region in Italy that is known as the ‘Green Heart of Italy’ and is located next to Tuscany, tucked away between rolling hills. The city of Orvieto is a gorgeous option that it will take you back in history, as it stands on a tuff cliff with inner workings from Etruscan to medieval time periods. For a beautiful town that has a special atmosphere following the faith of the Saint, the town of Assisi would be a truly magical place to get married.

Veneto

Veneto is a region home to some of the most romantic cities in Italy, if not the world. It is well known for the beautiful city of Venice, which exudes romance at every turn of the city with its series of canals and no roads. Venice offers an effortless yet elegant backdrop for a wedding. The city of Verona is also, without a doubt, a truly romantic city in Italy. It is after all the setting for the story of Romeo and Juliet.

In addition to choosing where, an important part of the wedding planning is the when. Luckily, every season in Italy has something special to add to a wedding! You can select the where and when for a wedding in Italy all depending on what you want to feel and be surrounded by on your wedding day.

Hopefully this has helped you decide where you’d like to have your wedding… check out my guide to decorating your wedding venue here.

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