Italy has so many picturesque wedding venues, from a Tuscan villa set among rolling hills and vineyards, a coastal castle with views to take your breathe away, a villa with frescoed vaulted ceilings, a private estate on Lake Como or a hotel overlooking Lake Garda for a day as relaxed or as opulent as you wish are all options available to the couple wanting an Italian destination wedding.
To help you decide, our list of wedding venues offer an authentic Italian style for your big day, making it a day you and your guests will always remember
Villa Balbianello on Lake Como
Part of the National Trust of Italy, this 18th century villa with fabulous terraced gardens, is on the southern edge of Lake Como. There is a pretty chapel with two bell towers overlooking the lake and directly accessible from the harbor. The villa itself is beautifully decorated, with Beauvais tapestries, stone stairways and lovely views from any direction.
Venice is a unique city of waterways and an ideal place for romance in true Italian style. Hotel Cipriani has a ballroom, three high-ceilinged granaries, a quality restaurant with terraces overlooking the lagoon and a club looking out onto St Marks Square. One of the best venues in Venice, the hotel’s in-house wedding co-ordinator will help make your day perfect.
For a stunning wedding in Tuscany, the fourteenth century medieval Florentine palace of Palazzo Vecchio offers a dramatic setting for a civil, but not religious, wedding. With floor to ceiling crimson red drapes, walls and ancient furnishings. Ceremonies last less than a half hour and only take place on Wednesday, Thursday, or Saturday mornings.
Terre di Nano
Terre di Nano, is a refined country villa set in the hills of Tuscany and surrounded by acres of vineyards and olive groves. Terre di Nano produces their own excellent wine and has lovely views of the countryside and nearby hamlets including Montichiello. For an intimate wedding party with a theme around Italy’s rustic country life and wine, this is the place to be.
Santa Maria in Trastevere
Rome is full of incredible churches and gardens dating back to the earliest Christian times. If you want a traditional marriage ceremony in a Roman Catholic church, Santa Maria in Trastevere, built in 340 AD is a beautiful venue, though plan ahead as this is a popular venue.
Castello Odescalchi di Bracciano
Near Rome, this castle was constructed in 1470 and has a church on site. The Duomo di Santo Stefano can seat about 150 guests and with a secret underground passageway running from the castle to the church, the bride can make a grand entrance from her castle quarters to the church.
Mezzatorre Resort and Spa
An ideal summer wedding choice are the islands of Ischia and Capri, off the coast of Sorrento. Picturesque seaside settings with dramatic coastlines make for perfect photo opportunities. The hotel has one of the country’s best spas and can arrange helicopter service direct from the airport.
Capri Palace Hotel & Spa
In the style of a 1700's Neapolitan palace replete, this award-winning hotel has a contemporary art museum, an internationally recognized restaurant and suites that have their own private pools inside the rooms.
Palazzo Borgia del Casale, Piano Nobile
If you want a luxurious wedding in the heart of paradise, then look no further than the Palazzo Borgia del Casale in Syracuse, Sicily. Any bride who wants to feel like a princess will feel right at home among the sumptuous Rococo interiors of this palazzo built in 1760.