Planning a destination wedding can seem overwhelming, but I promise it’s more rewarding and more memorable than a traditional wedding! If you’re an adventurous couple looking for a unique wedding experience, then consider Italy!
I’m Tylee, a Destination Wedding & Elopement Photographer. In the article below I’m sharing the best wedding venues in Italy, as well as tips for how to get married or elope in Italy!!
Flying into Italy is fairly easy. Most international airports have direct flights to Rome. If you’re hoping to fly into one of Italy’s smaller airports (Naples, Malpensa, Pisa, Milan, etc.), you’ll have to either fly into Rome first or get a connecting flight through a nearby country.
Once landed, there are many ways to make your way around Italy. You can rent a car and pick it up at the airport. Just know that parking can be difficult throughout some of the cities. If you’re planning to stay in a populated city (Rome, Amalfi, Positano, Venice), then it might be best to hire a ride. You can plan to get around by foot or rent a vespa/moped as needed. Instead of renting a car, you can reserve a ride through a service like Jayride or Shuttle Direct.
Traditional taxis are present in larger cities. Uber is also available but only in Rome and Milan, and Lyft is not yet available in Italy. If you’re traveling a long distance or cross-country, the rail system is a great option. You can reserve tickets through Eurail or Italia Rail. Tickets are cost-friendly and the train systems are quick and comfortable.
There are several different regions to say “I Do” in Italy, and each region has something different to offer.
Here are a few of my favorite Italy wedding venues in each of the most popular regions to get married:
Lake Como is a popular wedding destination in Italy known for its quaint & quiet charm. In Northern Italy, Lake Como sits in the valley of massive mountain ranges with a breathtakingly blue lake at the center.
Some of my favorite venues in Lake Como include:
This gem is any bride’s dream. Get married with panoramic views of Lake Como and the surrounding mountain range as your backdrop, and celebrate under the stars on their lush terrace covered with green ivy. This venue is breathtaking.
Multiple sophisticated courtyards and private gardens present the opportunity for you to have a small, intimate gathering, or host up to 300 guests and have the greatest party of your life!
This iconic view of Lake Como sets the scene for an unforgettable wedding. Villa Pizzo is a magical, romantic setting with terraces covered in twinkle lights and exceptional views. Perfect for small, intimate weddings, or larger weddings of up to 200 guests.
Another one of the most popular regions to get married in Italy is the southern, Amalfi Coast region. These seaside villages are colorful, quaint, and create beautiful backdrops for any wedding or elopement.
Some of my favorite venues in Amalfi Coast, Positano, & Capri include:
Nestled on a cliff overlooking Positano, this venue has epic views and exceptional wedding services. With luxurious rooms and suites for guests to stay in, Villa Treville has it all.
This venue has multiple different historic, traditional, garden, and terrace venue options all with exquisite details and exceptional views. Villa Cimbrone offers all-inclusive wedding services making your planning simple & easy.
Convento Di Amalfi offers several breathtaking options for your ceremony and/or reception, unlike any other venue around. Say “I Do” in gardens with lemon trees, or under the famous Monk’s Walk, or within the enchanting open-air Cloister- a chic stone courtyard with incredible views. You can’t go wrong with any of the options at Convento, and each location can hold any number of guests.
If you are an elegant, minimalistic bride, this is the venue for you. Capri Palace Hotel is chic with all white architecture and panoramic views, giving you a blank canvas to style your dream wedding however you choose.
This luxury villa nestled in the cliffs above Positano is incredibly charming. With a terrace overlooking Positano reserved for just you and your guests, draping ivy and twinkle lights, this is the setting for an unforgettably romantic evening.
This hidden gem is the paradise of the Amalfi Coast. With lush botanical gardens and jungle-like greenery, you can escape the hustle and bustle of the town and breathe in the sea breeze with private views.
One more popular region for getting married in Italy is in the Italian countryside of Tuscany. Known for it’s villas and vineyards sitting on rolling hills, Tuscany is a romantic and secluded wedding region.
Some of my favorite venues in Tuscany include:
With on-site wedding coordinators to help you plan every detail, this amazing venue is ready to host your dream wedding of any size and guest count. Castello Di Vicarello also offers accommodations for guests, and incredible views.
Panoramic views are enjoyed from this ceremony terrace located in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. Castello Di Velona also offers rooms for guests, a renowned spa, and a lovely Castle team to help assist with your whole event.
This exceptional venue features an indoor/outdoor set up amongst ancient ruins. It is exceptionally romantic and charming, especially by candlelight in the evenings. There is not a more photogenic wedding venue in the Tuscany region!
Due to how popular Italy is for destination weddings and elopements, there are many Italy wedding planners to work with. A few Italian wedding and elopement planners whose work I absolutely love are Brenda Babcock Celebrations, The Stars Inside, and Emma Events.
However, if you want to cut costs and plan it on your own, then I promise you can do it!
Most venues have their own venue coordinator or on-site event planning team who will assist you with the whole process. Especially if you are planning a small wedding with just a few guests, or an intimate elopement for just you & your fiancé, there might not be a need to invest in a wedding coordinator.
Additionally, certain photographers (myself included!) assist you with the wedding planning process. So if you find the right photographer to capture your day, and if you select a venue with an on-site coordinator, you’ll be more than set!
Therefore hiring a wedding planner is not necessary, just a personal preference. If your goal is to do it on your own, you’ve freaking got this!
The weather in Italy varies greatly by region and time of year.
Lake Como is very far north. Therefore, if you’re hoping to get married in Lake Como you’ll experience the best weather between May & September. The temps at this time will be in the 70’s (Fahrenheit).
Tuscany is located in central Italy and experiences a slightly warmer climate. The best wedding weather in Tuscany is between May & October. The temps at this time are in the 70’s and 80’s in summer months.
Amalfi Coast, Positano, and Capri are all coastal regions located in southern Italy. The most pleasant months for weddings here are between May and October, with temps in the 70’s and 80’s.
These are things to keep in mind if you are the kind of person who doesn’t do well with heat. Or on the contrary, if you are someone who doesn’t want to be cold on your wedding day.
Lastly, finding a photographer to capture your destination wedding in Italy can be tricky. You can opt for an Italy wedding photographer who is based in the region you are getting married. Or you can opt to bring along a destination wedding photographer from another location. Here are the pro’s and con’s to each option…
There are several wedding photographers based in Italy. Therefore the benefit of hiring them is that they have the home court advantage. They know where the best photo ops are, and they are comfortable shooting at Italy wedding venues because it’s all they do. However, a potential disadvantage is that these photographers capture hundreds of Italy weddings per year. Since all they do is shoot weddings in Italy, usually several per week and occasionally several per day, you might not get the personal connection and undivided attention that you deserve. Finally, cultural and language barriers are another thing to keep in mind when working with Italian photographers.
Your other option is to find a destination wedding photographer and have them travel to Italy with you. The benefit of this is that you have their undivided attention. They are traveling to Italy to capture your wedding alone. Therefore, you’ll be getting their full effort, develop a deeper connection with them, and receive a quicker return of your images. Plus, they will be available to capture any other events you want photographed over your trip (i.e. rehearsal dinner, sunset sailboat ride with your family, a day-trip to Capri, etc.).
Additionally, you won’t be navigating cultural and language differences if you hire a destination wedding photographer from your home country/state.
The disadvantage to this: you might have added expenses covering the photographer’s travel fees. There are clear pro’s and con’s to each option, but what’s most important is that you choose a photographer who you get along with. You are sharing the most special day of your life with this person, so it’s of the utmost importance that you feel comfortable with them and have personalities that vibe well together.
If your dream is to get married in Italy…you’ve got this!! And, I guarantee you won’t regret it!!!
If you have any more questions about the Italy wedding venues mentioned, or if you just want some advice on how to elope in Italy, then send me a message!
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I’m a destination wedding & elopement photographer with a passion for marriage.
As your photographer, I'll capture images that are natural, authentic, and honestly illustrate your love for one another so that you can always remember exactly why you fell in love.
Whether you're eloping just the two of you, or getting married in your favorite place with all your favorite people, I'd love to capture the photos that will help you to cherish your marriage for a lifetime.
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