Our Top 10: Italian alfresco wedding destinations
posted in: Make it Italian! at 3:59, lunedì 20th maggio
Your wedding day is one of the most important occasions you will experience in your lifetime.You and your fiancé want the very best for your selves, your family and your friends. Italy offers gorgeous venues for weddings year round. However, no one can deny the magic of an outdoor wedding ceremony in Italy. From tasteful civil and religious ceremonies to full-blown extravaganzas, SposiamoVi can plan the wedding of your dreams at an Italian location that will take your breath away.
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To pique your imagination and give you a glimpse into various Italian outdoor wedding venue possibilities, we have put together a list of our top 10 alfresco wedding destinations which allow legal civil weddings on their grounds. We welcome your questions and will be happy to discuss your future wedding plans and ideas. Welcome to your outdoor Italian wedding! 1- Lake Como: Villa del Balbianello To the north, in the province of Como, lies the beautiful and much talked about Lake Como. Villa del Balbianello is a famed 18th century villa that sits on the Lake’s edge. When it comes to weddings, a number of options await you and your fiancé. For example, you can dramatically arrive by boat from a nearby hotel and be escorted to your waiting guests and fiancé for the outdoor ceremony. There are a number of reception areas where you, your new partner and your guests can relax before the meal is served – alfresco, of course. Then, why not end the evening with a fireworks display? With its rich history, meticulously manicured gardens and flexibly elegant venue options, it’s no wonder that Villa del Balbianello is a prized location for outdoor weddings in Italy.
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2- Capri: Gardens of Augustus, the terrace by the sea Sprawled out on a cliff that overlooks the jewel blue Mediterranean Ocean, Capri’s Gardens of Augustus provide an excellent and unique location for your outdoor wedding. These botanical gardens were initially cultivated and financed by German industrialist Friedrich Alfred Krupp in the early 12th century. A winding stone path is carved into the face of the cliff, allowing access to the small, rocky beach below. The Gardens of Augustus could create a jaw-dropping setting for your alfresco civil service and wedding feast. We take the greatest care that you, your fiancé and your wedding guests have all you need to create a memorable Italian wedding experience.
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3 – Portofino Riviera: Villa Durazzo The Italian Riviera lends extra sparkle to your outdoor wedding when you let us book the 17th century Villa Durazzo for you. Surrounded by a well-kept park, Villa Durazzo is sure to impress you and your guests. Civil ceremonies can be held in the gardens or, if you prefer a more religious ceremony, a lovely aged church is within close distance to the villa. From the wedding service to the reception, we take care of every detail. You, your fiancé and your guests are free to enjoy each other and the lovely ambiance provided by Villa Durazzo.
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4- Tuscany: San Galgano Say ‘I do!’ under the Tuscan sun in the 11th century, roofless San Galgano. San Galgano was completed in the late 1200s and was one of the most important monasteries in the region. But throughout the years, the cathedral’s roof fell into disrepair and crumbled away. The sturdy walls of San Galgano, however, still provide an excellent and romantic location for outside civil wedding ceremonies. Your wedding ceremony, perhaps? Because there is so much open space to work with, the possibilities are almost endless. Your dream Italian outdoor wedding can become a reality, one the two of you can share and recall long into the future.
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Whether you choose the 17th century castle or the elegant and colorful country house, you are sure to be pleased. Both of these exquisite Italian wedding locations can be found just outside Rome and both offer outstanding alfresco options. From the civil ceremony to post ceremony cocktails to refined meals – all in the lovely Italian outdoors!
6- Lake Garda: Castello di Malcesine Now this is the kind of castle that comes to mind for most people when they think of how a European castle should be. This 1st century castle (that’s right, part of it was built by the Lombards around the middle of the first millennium) rises up out of a rocky face on the shores of Italy’s Lake Garda. The Swiss Alps, Lake Garda and small mediaeval city of Malcesine provide a breathtaking backdrop for your outdoor wedding. Your civil ceremony can take place on the castle’s large terrace, which overlooks the lake and mountains. You, your new spouse and your guests can then mingle on the castle gardens with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and maybe take a few minutes to wander through the castle. A delicious meal can be served alfresco as you and your guests watch the warm Italian sun dip behind the Swiss mountains and wait for the stars to come out.
7- Lake Orta: Villa Bossi Villa Bossi is located inside the medieval village of Orta San Giulio. Built in the XVII century, the Villa, on Lake Orta, faces the romantic island of San Giulio. The enchanting garden is adorned with a pergola of wisteria and a century old cypress. A wrought iron gate separates the garden from the lake. Obviously, the best way to reach Villa Bossi and enjoying the magnificence of the façades of the buildings on the lake is by boat. An idyllic venue to celebrate your marriage with a civil ceremony.
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8- Apulia Nestled in the so called heel of the Italian ‘boot’ sits a strong 16th century building with all the charm and beauty you would expect of a southern Italian location. Flanked by vineyards and steeped in tradition, this ancient castle could be an excellent location for your outdoor civil wedding and reception. Imagine exchanging your vows in a lovely civil service on the castle’s lush gardens, followed by cocktails around the swimming pool and dinner on the large stone plaza under the palm trees with the lit up, ivy-clad castle as the backdrop. It’s pure magic!
9- Verona: Villa Arvedi Right in the middle of the Italian wine and olive growing country, in the area known as Verona’s Valpolicella region, lies the 11th century structure known as Villa Arvedi. Passed from the Arvedi family to the Allegeri family in the 1400s, the villa has remained in the Allegeri family ever since. Villa Arvedi has its own chapel (should you choose to use it), elegant Italian style gardens and terraces, various banquet halls and stunning outdoor areas to hold your wedding and reception in true Italian style. Simply tell us what you want and leave the details and planning to us. Your outdoor wedding will be stress-free and elegant, truly a remarkable event to remember for years to come.
10- Arezzo The Relais is a fully restored building that merges a 1st century monastery with a castle near Italy’s famed river Arno. This is an idyllic location for your Italian outdoor wedding. With its sweeping gardens and ample outdoor space, you and your fiancé can marry in class and comfort in front of your family and friends. Choose for a daytime or evening civil service or church wedding. Post-vow cocktails poolside, beside the tennis courts or in one of the other gardens. Experience Tuscan culinary delights from the region during a well-prepared alfresco meal.
At SposiamoVi, we will do our utmost to ensure that your Italian outdoor wedding is one that you, your new spouse and your guests will cherish forever! Contact us with your questions, or for a brief consultation. We look forward to planning your wedding in Italy with you.