Want a wedding abroad minus the long-haul flight? We asked overseas wedding specialists Best Wedding Away to reveal their top five locations in Italy for 2014, and here’s what they had to say…
Angel Villa, Sorrento
Angel Villa is a magnificent Victorian estate in the most spectacular of settings – it sits on a cliff that overlooks the sparkling waters of the Amalfi Coast. The views catches the entire Neapolitan Gulf, starting from Monte Faito up to Ischia, Miseno, Capri… meanwhile, Vesuvius stands looks out over the deeply-blue sea like a giant.
You’ll love the pink sunsets here, in fact each second spent in this place will remain unforgettable. Angel Villa’s charm is never-ending and season-less: clear winter sky, fresh summer sea breeze and orange flower perfume in the spring.
The Luxury Relais, Tuscany
Luxury Relais is an exclusive luxurious hotel resort in the heart of Tuscany. The resort is surrounded by a grand, impeccable 4 hectare Italian-style garden. The wedding ceremony can take place in the magnificent garden under a canopy of trees or in an antique church in the resort. Guests also have access to a private wellness centre.
The villa itself offers 24 luxurious suites adorned with frescoes and original furniture. The houses of those who served the lords of the villa have been transformed into 14 luxury apartments offering all the modern day comforts.
Azalea Villa, Lake Maggiore
This magnificent 19 century villa overlooks the majestic Lake Maggiore. The setting is magical: a lakeside walk decorated with stone flower pots borders the romantic garden overlooking the lake. The bride and groom can reach the villa by boat, passing the Borromean islands, and tie up at the private jetty.
A lawn overlooking the lake, framed by roses and azaleas, is the perfect setting for the couple to welcome their guests with an aperitif before their outdoor wedding ceremony. This luxurious wedding venue is located only 40 minutes drive from Malpensa Airport, Milan, making it a great choice for UK guests.
The Lighthouse, Sardinia
The Lighthouse was built in 1856 by the Italian Navy and it has lit the way for sailors ever since. It became a luxury guesthouse in recent years without losing its original function. The Lighthouse is open all months of the year and is located 50 km from the Cagliari airport.
At the back of the building there is a large garden with a huge centuries-old olive tree and a big lawn where you can have your wedding reception in the open air enjoying the panoramic view of the sea and the hills far beyond. In the front of the building there is a large wooden platform where there is an infinity pool. The Lighthouse can accommodate 12 people comfortably.
Golden Sands, Apulia
Golden Sands is an idyllic destination for a beach wedding. The venue is right on the beach, the colours and scents of the Mediterranean fill the air. With its modern decor and furnishings and original beach decorations, Golden Sands is a youthful, dynamic and trendy wedding location. Romantic wedding ceremonies, on the white sands, can be arranged.
The floral decorations are stylish and tastefully done. The wedding breakfast takes place on the sandy beach, with the gentle lapping of the waves as the soundtrack to your day. Does this sound like paradise to you? Why not contact the Best Wedding Away team today?