While we were planning our own destination wedding in Italy, we came across many beautiful venue options that we considered to exchange our vows. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite Italy wedding venues destination weddings from my own experience to help guide you through the beginning stages of planning your event.
Planning a destination wedding isn’t for the faint of heart; I spent many days researching locations that I’ve never actually visited to find the perfect backdrop. While our original venue that we wanted wasn’t available, I ended up finding a more fitting alternative that suited us so much better! We ultimately chose Castello di Celsa because it featured a great mix of historic architecture and stunning gardens. In fact, I was so excited about the venue, I had the date held before I even showed my husband! But after we finally celebrated our day in person, we both agreed that it was the perfect choice. We especially loved our candlelit dinner overlooking the sparkling city lights of Siena.
So without further ado, I present…
Italy destination wedding venues
Beautiful estate and gardens nestled on the outskirts of Siena countryside. Features “Holy Stairs”, which consists of 300 stairs leading to a hermitage once housing monks.
Castello di Celsa
Our wedding venue! A stunning 13th century castle and gardens. Well-known for it’s vast cypress hedges leading to the historic Rocco fish pond. The Boxwood garden overlooks the views of Siena in the distance with 100 year old lemon trees. The estate houses a small 16th century private family chapel, which is a perfect option on a rainy day.
Borgo San Felice
A small medieval town turned luxury resort overlooking a beautiful vineyard. Featuring a chapel for weddings, along with a variety of restaurants, including Michelin star rated Poggio Rosso.
Castello di Velona
A beautiful hilltop castle turned luxury hotel and spa. One of the best views of the Tuscan hills overlooking the thermal-fed infinity pool and terrace.
Villa la Foce
Nestled on the hills overlooking the iconic Val d’Orcia wine region. Known for its world-famous extensive gardens and a beautiful historic villa.
Castello di Vincigliata
A beautiful 13th century castle outside of the city of Florence, more recently restored in the 19th century.
A luxury villa nestled in the hills of Tuscany with beautiful room accommodations, a multi-level pool, and a terrace garden
An authentic tuscan villa known for its fine art aesthetic. The villa’s vast sun drenched property is the perfect backdrop to exchange vows.
Abbey of San Galgano
Another stunning option for a historic venue surrounded by the golden fields of the countryside. The ruins of a 13th century monastery provides a jaw-dropping location for a variety of wedding day festivities.
Abbey of Sant’Antimo
Located in the well-known wine area of Montalcino is the Abbey of Sant’Antimo. Another former monastery with sources dating back all the way to the 8th century.
La Badia di Orvieto
Located just outside the city center of Orvieto lies the ruins of a former abbey turned luxury hotel. The ruins overlook many cypress and olive trees, while the chapel features romantic 12th century frescos adorning the interior.
Located in the quiet town of Ravello, this was one of my favorite stops in the Amalfi Coast. With stunning sea views, beautiful architecture, but most importantly, the sprawling gardens. There are many backdrops for beautiful portraits, ceremony locations, cocktails in the gardens, and reception celebrations.
Another exclusive wedding venue in the heart of small coastal town, Ravello, located at the highest point of the city. Villa Eva’s position allows beautiful views in all directions.
Grand Hotel Convento di Almafi
A 13th century monastery located on on the cliffs in the city of Amalfi. Combining 5-star luxury accommodations with a historic setting surrounded by sea views.
Lake Como/Lombardy Area
Villa Balbiano is the largest private villa located on the serene Lake Como. The grand exterior and extensive gardens make it one of the most popular wedding locations in all of Italy.
Villa Sola Cabiati
Located on the shore of Lake Como, facing the stunning town of Bellagio. Villa Sola Cabiati is one of the most decorative villas in the region; displayed inside the interior walls of the villa and outside in the vast gardens on the lake’s edge.
A historic luxury villa located on the western coast of Lake Como with lush, flowering gardens and exceptional views of the water.
Hotel Villa D’Este
A romantic historic 5-star hotel on the shores of Lake Como, offering many luxury amenities. The villa also features one of the most significant gardens in all of Italy.
Modern meets historic is the perfect mix for a luxury wedding on Lake Como. The ancient villa is the perfect backdrop for weddings both large and small.
One of the most beautiful villa in Milan, Villa Arconati is considered the Italian revisitation of Versailles. The villa is an excellent option for a grand luxury wedding, which extensive spaces both inside and out.
Villa del Balbianello
Exclusively reserved for weddings and events, Balbianello is nestled on the western shore of Lake Como. It features stunning terrace gardens and views of the lake.
I hope you found my guide for Italy destination wedding venues helpful. Are you currently planning a destination wedding? I’d love to continue to guide you through the photography process for your faraway celebration. Inquire to learn more!
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