Top 10 luxury romantic wedding locations in Italy

Luxury Weddings In Italy – Based on Varese Weddings Customers feedback here they are the most popular and romantic locations and settings available for a marriage celebration in Italy. If you’re choosing to get married abroad, this list can help you finding the best location for your dream wedding.

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Photography & Videography – David Bastianoni Studio

1. Top Romantic Lake in Italy : Lake Orta

Lake Orta (also Cusio) is a lake of Piedmont located between the provinces of Novara and Verbano Cusio Ossola. Framed by picturesque landscapes alpestri, fueled by a rich and beautiful vegetation, the lake is a famous tourist destination. It’s certainly the most romantic location in the Lake District.Thousands of years of history in which Lake Orta has played a leading part can be discerned in the splendid churches and the holy places of great enchantment, in the traces of Middle Ages to be seen in houses, streets and palaces, in the lordly villas and fine gardens and in the mountain villages with their old traditions still intact. The island of San Giulio on this magic lake is the perfect background for an intimate and special  wedding.

Other romantic lakes are Lake Como, Lake Iseo and the Bracciano Lake.

2. Top Romantic City : Venice

With its 150 canals, 400 bridges and magnificent 16th- and 17th-century palaces and piazzas, it is no surprise that Venice is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Gloriously romantic in spring, triumphant in summer, noble in autumn and seductive in winter, it is a popular city break destination year round. Get married in the Old Palazzo Cavalli, just near the Rialto Bridge, take a tour of the Gran Canal by a romantic gondola,  have a candle light dinner in a  typical restaurant hidden in the narrow alleys and of course toasts with the Prosecco wine from the local vineyardsOther cities are : Florence, Rome, Siena, Amalfi and San Gimignano.

3. Top Romantic Mountain Venue : Ortisei

Ortisei is a nice sky village on the Val Gardena in the Dolomites Alps. Ortisei, with its old and solid mercantile tradition and rich history, has a layout that blends harmoniously with the landscape. The centre and its pedestrian area are wonderful meeting places and is also ideal for shopping. Ortisei is known principally as an ideal destination for winter tourism with ski slopes which are easily reached thanks to a number of cableways. Two of these in particular, connect tourists with the Altopiano of Siusi and Seceda, also suitable for those who do not wish to ski. A walk along the old tracks of the Chiusa-Val Gardena railway line which links Ortisei with Santa Cristina Val Gardena is captivating. For those interested in the traditions of the area, as well as the ladina culture, Ortisei has a number of craft shops linked to an age-old tradition of wood sculpture. For who is dreaming to get married under the snow, here you can arrive at the local civil office ( just in the historic centre) only by walk or by a horse-drawn sleigh.

Other mountain venues are  S.Cristina, Madonna di Campiglio and Cortina d’Ampezzo or Courmayeur.

Ravello, with its dominating position on the hill-top offers a spectacular view over the whole of the Amalfi Coast. Nestled within a magnificent park overlooking the sea, Villa Cimbrone is a 10 minute walk from the town’s center over stone paved walkways that offer breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding country-side. In the 12th century, villa Cimbrone was an aristocratic mansion, thought to have been built over the remains of an ancient Roman residence. Nowadays it’s an elegant hotel and restaurant and an exclusive venue for a romantic wedding in Italy.

Other top sea venues are :  the Portofino Castle, the San Fruttuoso Abbey, the Masseria in Apulia and Chia Bay in Sardinia

5. Top Romantic  Wedding Castle :  Lake Bracciano Medieval Castle

At just a glance from Rome on the southern shore of lake Bracciano, the Medieval Castle majestically reigns as one of the most beautiful feudal residences in all of Europe. Construction began in the second half of the fifteenth century, and is the realization of an ideal meeting point between military and civilian architecture. The fascinating halls where Popes, Princes, and Kings lived, together with admirable works of art by Bernini, Pisanello, Antoniazzo Romano, and Zuccari – all this make it a perfect venue for a fairytale wedding.

Other top castles are the Malcesine Castle on Lake Garda and medieval castles  in Piedmont and in Tuscany

6. Top Romantic Civil Hall:

The most loved town hall in Italy is the one of our Capital: Rome.  The Capitoline hill on which it is built with its magnificent stairs and buildings were designed by no less than Michelangelo.  The surroundings are incredibly choreographic and your wedding photos will have the backdrop of the Roman Forum and the Coliseum.

The interior is all Renaissance gilding, formal furniture and rich tapestries. In short what you hope to find in a city famed for its art and antiquities. As you exit you can have your photos taken with the backdrop of the Roman Forum and the roofs of the city. There can be no better view in the world.

Other top romantic hall  are : Palazzo Cavalli in Venice, Bellagio Town hall and Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.

7. Top Romantic Abbey:  Abbazia di Orvieto

The antique medieval Abbey of was erected, according to its historical legend, in the 6° century. This imposing building is belonging since two centuries to the Counts Fiumi di Sterpeto, descended from Saint Claire of Assisi; this  noble Umbrian family has been restoring during the recent years the original Abbey, by keeping its original structure intact and creating a residential Hotel and Restaurant of exceptional level and charme. It is the perfect location for those who are wishing to enjoy an unforgettable stay within walls so rich of history, surrounded by the green of the Umbrian hills, among olive trees and rows of vines. Inside the antique magnificent Romanesque Church of 12th century enriched by a precious mosaic floor ,religious and wedding ceremonies can be celebrated in the magical suggestion and spirituality of the venue.

Other romantic Abbey are :  Abbazia di San Fruttuoso in Genova, La Cervara Abbey in the Italian Riviera.  Please contact Varese Weddings for your Dream Wedding in Italy.

8. Top Romantic  Region:  Tuscany , Val d’Orcia

In the heart of Siena County there is an essential landscape: hills, ravines, the winding river, the cypress trees that crown the heights or follow the pattern of streets. On the hills, villages and historical monuments of extraordinary charm monitor oak forests, olive groves and vineyards where Brunello wine and other great wines from this part of Tuscany are produced. In this magic atmosphere ideal venues for a romantic wedding are the old country houses and the antique castles set harmoniously into the landscape.

Other romantic regions are: Campania and Umbria.

9. Top Romantic Church:  Lake Maggiore Catholic Church

On the Sacred Mountain in a nature reserve lies this antique church, built on an ancient oratory dating from the 12°-13°centuries . Set in a magnificent position overlooking the Lake Maggiore at 360 meters altitude above sea level, it is an un-finished Baroque complex. If you decide to have a catholic wedding in a breathtaking location, this is the perfect place for your wedding in Italy.

Other romantic churches are: Lake Orta catholic church, Chianti chapels and Venice and Rome historic churches.

10. Top Romantic Panoramic  City: Varenna on Lake Como

Varenna is the Pearl of Lake Como , for  its position on the Golden Triangle ( Varenna, Bellagio , Menaggio)  and for its colorful romantic  houses. Chosen as a wedding location from about 500 couples per year,the village of Varenna is articulated in a reticulum of alleys that steeply descend towards Lake Como, where the houses reflect on the water as they do in certain areas of Italian Riviera.  For your wedding you can choose a catholic ceremony in the 13th church  or a civil ceremony in the Historic Villa just on the Lake. Take a boat to Bellagio or have wedding pictures on Villa Monastero Gardens or at Vezio Castle.

Other  romantic cities are :  Positano, Vernazza on the “5 Terre” and Orta on Lake Orta

Please  contact Varese Weddings to plan your dream luxury weddings in Italy.

Photography courtesy: David Bastianoni Studio