Italy’s Best Wedding Destinations
1. Weddings in Rome
Rome’s Most Sought-After Wedding Venues
Surrounded by opulent Italian monuments and cobble stoned streets, the ornate venue of Villa Medici was once home to one of the most famous astronomers and philosophers of all time - Galileo Galilei. Whether you are looking to tie the knot inside a glass marquee surrounded by manicured 16th century gardens, or inside the grand Villa Medici itself, each location is just as splendid as the next.
Private tour and VIP breakfast
Indulge in a VIP breakfast and private tour of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel - two of the most iconic landmarks in Rome. After consuming the authentic Italian buffet, marvel at masterpieces from Michelangelo and Rafael during the tour before visiting the Pinecone and Belvedere Courtyard. Blending art with architecture, get access to exclusive rooms that are off limits to the public, including the Cabinet of the Masks and the Sistine Chapel.
Dine at a 3-Michelin Starred Restaurant
Noted as one of the finest dining experiences in Rome, visit La Pergola for some of the best Italian cuisine with a twist. With the added bonus of the restaurant boasting panoramic views of the city, admire the stunning sunset whilst embarking on a romantic candlelit dinner for two.
2. Weddings in Venice
As the official city of love, the magic in Venice is something which cannot be replicated. With the city built upon a lagoon, this remarkable location is brimming with marble palaces and winding canals leading to the Brenta and Sile rivers. Situated on a group of 118 small islands, indulge in the decadence of Venice and take a step back into a time before cars roamed the streets. In a city as elite as Venice, it is no surprise that it is host to wedding venues which are equally as regal. With a number of 5* venues on exclusive islands, Venice is perfect for a wedding.
The island of Giudecca
Across the lagoon from Piazza San Marco lies the exclusive Hotel Cipriani. Due to its remote location, it can only be accessed by boat and is one of the most expensive (and luxurious) hotels in the world. Its tranquility and beauty makes it an ideal location for a wedding in Venice. The granaries are perfect for a wedding of 250 guests with a grand view of the lagoon.
The Island of San Clemente
Situated on its very own island lies hotel Kempinski San Clemente Palace. Located between Giudecca and Lido in the Venetian Lagoon, the island is a historic landmark which covers six hectares. The hotel has 190 luxury rooms and suites, overlooking either the crystal lagoon or flourishing park - each as stunning as the other. Recite your vows in the opulent 12th century chapel before embarking on a romantic stroll amongst the antique courtyard and manicured lawns. This is the perfect retreat for a private wedding with family and friends.
Luxury Venetian Hotels
Romantic Gondola Rides
If you decide to host your wedding in Venice, be sure to embark on a romantic evening ride on the classic gondola with your partner and admire the magical scenery around you. With a champagne flute in hand, it is the perfect way to reminisce on your special day with your loved ones.
3. Weddings in Florence
Coined the ‘cradle of the Renaissance, Florence is a treasured city overflowing with culture, history and beauty. When it comes to arts and entertainment, Florence has it all. With famous landmarks including Brunelleschi’s iconic 15th century Cathedral and the immaculate Boboli gardens, you and your guests are sure to be wonderstruck from start to finish whilst celebrating your wedding in Florence.
Grand Tuscan Hotels
Host to some of the most luxurious hotels in the world, Florence is not short of choice when it comes to picking a wedding venue. Indulge in the historic Four Seasons Florence and discover the tranquility of the hotel’s private gardens - complete with architectural wonders, statues, fountains and much more. Another great venue option is the splendid Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco. Located on one of the oldest and best-preserved estates in Tuscany, Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Val d’Orcia. Complete with a luxury spa, winery, vineyards, golf course and clubhouse, this exclusive venue is usually reserved for members only.
Spectacular Wines and Tuscan Cuisine
Famous for delicious mediterranean food and local wines, you and your guests can devour the best that Florence has to offer. Embark on a trip to traditional, Michelin-starred, Tuscan restaurants such as La Bottega Del Buon Caffé for a truly remarkable culinary experience for you and your guests.
Renaissance Palaces and Villas
The stunning architecture in Florence makes for the most luxurious wedding ceremonies and receptions. Some of the most impressive wedding venues in Florence include Castello di Vincigliata, Villa di Maiano and Villa Cora. No matter how many guests on your list, the type of venue you are seeking, or your own personal tastes, there is something suitable for everyone.
Romantic Boboli Gardens
Boasting one of the most beautiful pastures in Italy, the Boboli Gardens make the most iconic backdrop for those all-important wedding photos. Take a romantic stroll and view the impressive sculptures, including Jupiter stead by Baccio Bandinelli and Tindaro Screpolato by Igor Mitoraj. Take a step back into the 16th century and marvel at the wonders that the gardens have to offer.
4. Weddings in Lake Como
Italy’s third largest lake, Lake Como is famous across the world for its romantic landscapes and calming waters. Host your wedding in Lake Como to immerse yourself in its natural beauty. From authentic surroundings, to mouth-watering food and a magical atmosphere, Lake Como will make for the perfect place for your wedding.
Located 25 miles northeast of Milan, the Italian Lake is conveniently accessible by helicopter or road. Three of Milan’s airports are just a short drive away: Malpensa, Linate and Orio al Serio are approximately a 45-minute drive from the lake.
Sumptuous Italian Villas
If you are looking for the perfect venue to host a luxury wedding, Villa d’Este in Lake Como is the ideal place to say ‘I do’. Combining traditional Italian Renaissance with modern life, the walls tell the story of its rich and complex history.
Surrounded by a 25-acre park with 152 hotel rooms, a selection of private villas and two superior villas, Villa d’Este is a gate that encloses a radiant world and can cater to grand weddings with a huge guest list.
Alternatively, sitting nearby on the shores of Lake Como in Cernobbio is Villa Erba, a wedding venue offering jaw-dropping views of the surrounding land. Built by the Luigi Erba - brother of Carlo Erba, this 19th-century villa was purposed to show off Luigi’s wealth, making it a very stunning villa indeed. Villa Erba is a rare Italian jewel that does not come along very often. Villa Erba has plenty of space for a large marquee or outdoor celebration and if that is not enough, why not build a platform on the lake for your ceremony and a perfect picturesque backdrop.
For something new, perhaps consider the brand new Mandarin Oriental Lake Como for the ultimate in luxury and service?
Planning Your Wedding in Italy
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