Couples seeking the perfect place to tie the knot have long been drawn to the delights of Italy. The country is home to some of the most picturesque and romantic wedding venues in the world. If youʼre looking for a truly stunning spot in which to say your vows, the following options should give you plenty of inspiration.
1) A Tuscan vineyard
With its rolling hills and characteristic olive groves, Tuscany has lots to offer bride and grooms-to-be. Perhaps youʼll choose to walk down the aisle in a beautiful and historic city such as Florence, Siena or Lucca. However, for a truly Tuscan experience, why not opt to stage your big day in one of the vineyards that dot the landscape? With their open vistas, they can make the ideal setting for weddings. For example, just over 30 kilometers from Sienna you can hire a restored Cistercian monastery boasting mesmerizing views over the surrounding landscape. Getting to this part of north-west Italy is easy too. Many visitors take Pisa flights, and Florence is another popular hub.
2) An ancient abbey in Umbria
Further south, the region of Umbria boasts plenty of appealing wedding spots too. Attractions in this part of central Italy include the Cascata delle Marmore waterfall and the tranquil Lake Trasimeno. Like most of Italy, Umbria is steeped in history. One of its more unusual wedding venues is an ancient abbey set in the countryside near Purgia. Complete with centuries-old frescoes and furnishings, it has a medieval, almost magical feel.
3) Castello Brown, Portofino
Another of the countryʼs fabulous venues can be found in the small but perfectly formed village of Portofino on the Ligurian Riviera. This chic holiday spot has been visited by the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Sophia Loren and Princess Grace of Monaco, and once youʼve experienced its charms youʼll see why. You can take your vows in the impressive Castello Brown, which sits proudly above the village and offers views over the ocean.
4) Juliet’s House, Verona
In the romance stakes, itʼs hard to surpass Shakespeareʼs classic Romeo and Juliet, and in the city of Verona, youʼll find ʽJulietʼs Houseʼ. Some experts believe this building was the home of the dell Cappello family, who may have been the inspiration for the story. Love struck couples go to this palazzo to tie the knot and ceremonies are performed inside its main hall. Featuring carved stone work, wooden beams and frescoes, it certainly makes an impressive setting for a wedding.
5) Views over the Grand Canal in Venice
No rundown of romantic sites in Italy would be complete without mentioning Venice. You can tie the knot in the historical Palazzo Cavalli town hall, which offers views over the Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge. You can even arrive at the venue by gondola for some added theatre.
With venues like these to choose from, itʼs easy to see why so many people venture to Italy to marry.