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With its range of churches, gardens, castles, beaches and villas – an Italian wedding can work for most themes and styles. Plus, being in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, you can rest assured you’ll be in a romantic setting.
The Romantic Wedding – Lake Garda
The writer, DH Lawrence once said of Lake Garda: “I sat and looked at the lake. It was as beautiful as Paradise, as the first creation.”
Lake Garda has everything Lake Como has to offer, minus the weighty price tag. Think mediaeval castles, picturesque villages and stunning views across the lake. It’s impossible not to love it.
This is the home of the romantic wedding. After all, Hollywood stars frequent this place for years, right back to Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. Think classic wedding dress, a decadent three-course meal, exquisite tableware and candlelit dinners.
Where to stay: We recommend Le Terrazze Sul Lago Hotel, situated on Padengue sul Garda on a hilly area, 300 metres from the beach.
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The Rustic Wedding – Tuscany
There’s no finer place for a shabby chic, rustic wedding than Tuscany. The beauty of Naples, the shoreline of the Tyrrhenian Sea, the island of Elba and endless olive groves around the Chianti region.
Hilltop castles, stone mansions and classic Tuscan gardens hold serious venue goals. Why not marry in the heart of it all? What about a vineyard where the wine will certainly flow into the celebrations afterwards?
Go barefoot and exchange vows under the shade of a cypress tree before dining on incredible local produce. A Tuscany wedding will embody the understated elegance and low-key luxury fit for any size wedding party.
Where to stay: For a country pile that will house your wedding party, choose somewhere like Villa Tolomei Hotel and Resort, which is a Renaissance villa just outside of Florence.
“We tied the knot on the stage of a 17th Century Italian Theatre. We also wined and dined our guests with an Italian feast among the Sunflower Fields of Sinalunga, Italy!” See the photographs here.
The Grand Wedding – Amalfi Coast
Dramatic cliff tops – check. Crumbling stucco – check. Deep azure waters – check. The Amalfi Coast is a place that was designed for unforgettable moments.
Amalfi was once a superpower, and as a result is still in receipt of magnificent palaces, villas and piazzas, all authentically Italian. An Amalfi Coast wedding is pure decadence. The best wine available, the finest foods, an exquisite princess dress in an extravagant venue is the only way to pay homage to such a setting. This is your big day, and the Amalfi Coast will live up to every expectation.
Where to stay: The Grand Hotel Angiolieri in Sorrento is a wonderfully relaxing, ambient hotel that overlooks the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius.
The Sophisticated Wedding – Venice
With its romantic history, glorious architecture and art, it’s no wonder George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin exchanged their vows here.
While the tourists congregate around the Rialto Bridge and Piazza San Marco, there are plenty of quiet and beautiful corners of Venice for you. This fairy tale city has hidden treasures around every corner. Take a motoscafi down the Grand Canal and dine on cicchetti as you party in exclusive Venetian style.
Where to stay: Boscolo Hotel Dei Dogi is an incredible hotel in a secluded area of the city not far from the Rialto Bridge. Plus, the hotel has a team dedicated to organising weddings. That’s everything from makeup to motorboat hire to collect your guests.
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The “Italian” Wedding – Sicily
Finally, do you to experience a proper Italian wedding? Head to Sicily. Lead your wedding party through the narrow streets and ancient squares while locals offer blessings of goodwill. Sicily is a wonderful place and it segues Italy into the Mediterranean.
With incredible locations like Taormina, Catania and Palermo as well as countless little towns, it’s impossible to not fall in love with this island. Also, let’s not forget about the food. While Italy’s culinary reputation is pretty flawless, this island’s approach to cuisine is iconic. With the setting, the dishes and the weather on your side – a wedding here will be quintessentially Italian.
Where to stay: Kempinski Giardino Di Costanza in Mazara del Vallo is a great example of a traditional Italian wedding hotel. Additionally, we recommend you dine under the stars in the courtyard.
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