10 of the Best and Most Spectacular Outdoor Wedding Venues in Italy
Italy is blessed with some of the most spectacular and beautiful outdoor wedding venues in Italy. Here’s our pick of the best.
Your wedding day is one of the biggest celebrations. And such a momentous occasion deserves the very best, for you, your family and your friends. As wedding planners in Italy, we know we’re blessed with some of the most incredible places to tie the knot. Locations that effortlessly create that memorable moment our couples have been dreaming of. The outdoor wedding venues in Italy are the best in the world, and we can’t wait to share them with you!
Italy provides a gorgeous destination for weddings all year round. But during the summer months, the outdoor wedding venues in Italy are extra magical. Sweeping gardens, ancient villas, terraces and grand Hotels all offer endless possibilities for your destination wedding in Italy. And with SposiamoVi we can plan your big day for you. From tasteful civil and religious ceremonies to full-blown extravaganzas, let us create an Italian big day that will take your breath away.
To pique your imagination and give you a glimpse into various Italian outdoor wedding venues, we have put together a list of our top 10 alfresco wedding destinations.
Our Top 10 Italian Outdoor Wedding Venues
1. Lake Como: Villa del Balbianello
When visiting the north of Italy, you’ll find the province of Como. Within this beautiful region, you’ll discover the much talked about Lake Como. Sitting by the lake’s edge is one of the most famous Italian outdoor wedding venues, Villa del Balbianello. An 18th century villa that offers so many wonderful ways to tie the knot, and also manners of arrival! Our favourite, dramatically arriving by boat from a nearby hotel, followed by a short, elegant walk to your outdoor ceremony and your awaiting guests. Surrounding Villa del Balbianello are a number of reception areas for you and your partner to unwind in, 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.
2. Lake Como: Villa Pizzo
Lake Como has many incredible villas, but Villa Pizzo is possibly one of the most famous. As wedding planners, we have arranged plenty of nuptials at this landmark location in Italy. And it never fails to enchant. In particular, it is one of our favourite Italian outdoor wedding venues, as it offers the most extraordinary lakeside ceremony location. Their iconic dock overlooking Lake Como has played host to many famous weddings, and with its unique vista, its easy-to-understand why.
Besides its famous lake shore terrace, Villa Pizzo also boasts 4 halls that can be combined to create different themed rooms. Or if you would like to keep your wedding in Italy completely alfresco, the villa also has a large marquee, with space for up to 250 guests.
3. Ischia: Hotel Mezzatorre
Ischia Island is one of the most breathtaking places to visit in Italy, and a secret vacation spot for us locals! But this island is too beautiful not to share, and in particular, Hotel Mezzatorre is a must-see. Located on a cliff edge, this five-star hotel truly captures the magic of Ischia. It glitters in the sunlight, and shimmers in the moonlight, while also gifting its guests the perfect place to party. With multiple grand terraces, thermal spas and outdoor bars – this is one of those Italian wedding venues that worships the sun.
Your symbolic ceremony can be hosted on one of their glorious terraces, overlooking the bay of Ischia. While your reception can also remain alfresco, with many stunning outdoor locations for you to choose from.
4. Verona: Villa Arvedi
Situated in the heart of Italian wine and olive growing country, lies Verona’s Valpolicella region. Here you’ll find the illustrious Villa Arvedi. An 11th century villa passed down from the Arvedi family to the Allegeri family in the 1400s, and subsequently remained in the Allegeri family ever since. Villa Arvedi boasts its own frescoed chapel (should you wish to use it), classic Italian style gardens and a wonderful terrace that opens out onto pristine views of the lush valley.
This exquisite villa offers various banquet halls, stunning outdoor areas to hold your ceremony and reception in true Italian style.
5. Portofino Riviera: La Cervara
One of the most heart stopping Italian outdoor wedding venues on our list, La Cervara is a must-visit. This famous Portofino landmark features so many enchanting spots to say ‘I do’, as well as alfresco locations to celebrate in. Alongside its privileged seaside position, La Cervara also benefits from ancient crypts, 15th century frescoed galleries and a one-of-a-kind wisteria courtyard. Which all together creates a one of a kind coastal paradise.
When you combine the elegantly manicured gardens, the breathtaking panoramic views and a Portofino location. You get a dream place to tie the knot outdoors in Italy! Discover how Robyn & Irvan celebrated their big day at La Cervara here.
6. Lake Garda: Isola del Garda
A Venetian palace in a fantastical location, Isola del Garda is the jewel in Lake Garda’s crown. This serene island is completely encircled by turquoise blues waters. And overlooked by the majestic Italian Alps. It is a paradise. A paradise that also boasts one of the most impressive Italian Outdoor Wedding Venues. The famous Cavazza family Villa was built in the 20th century in a Neo-Gothic style, and offers the perfect place to appreciate the beauty of the lake.
Due to its privileged location in the middle of Lake Garda, the villa on Isola del Garda can truly feel like an island wedding wonderland. You and your guests can arrive in style to your nuptials via boat from the mainland. Exchange your vows lakeside overlooking the tranquil waters. Then enjoy cocktails with your loved ones in the beautiful botanical gardens. If you’re looking for luxury, intimacy and an island getaway – then Isola del Garda is a dream locale. Discover the chic nuptials of London Blogger Rosie, and her dream wedding on Isola del Garda here.
7. Toscana: Abbey of San Galgano
Say ‘I do!’ under the Tuscan sun in the 11th century, open air San Galgano. San Galgano was regarded as one of the most important monasteries in the region. But through the years, the cathedral’s roof fell into disrepair and crumbled away. However, the sturdy walls of San Galgano continue to provide a unique and romantic location for outside civil wedding ceremonies. Your wedding ceremony, perhaps?
Because there is so much open space to work with at San Galgano, your outdoor event possibilities are endless. Discover how one of our couples recently made this outdoor Italian wedding venue their dream location here.
8. Tuscany: Villa Cetinale
As wedding planners in Italy, we love to share our elegant ancient architecture that’s dotted across the country. One such place, and one of our favorite outdoor Italian wedding venues is, Villa Cetinale. A baroque 17th century villa in the district of Ancaiano, near Siena. This countryside villa is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Italy.
If you’re looking for a grand entrance to your ceremony, then the long cypress tree-lined path leading up to the villa, should certainly be investigated. Once you have arrived at the courtyard of Villa Cetinale you will be greeted by climbing roses, lilies and an elegant vine-covered pergola. The most elegant spot to say ‘I do’. And your celebrations can remain outdoors, with the erection of heavenly reception tablescapes along the length of the garden. Alongside clusters of elegant seating areas scattered around the reception area, the perfect spots for your guests to enjoy a cocktail, or two. The sophisticated privacy of Villa Centinale cannot fail to make your wedding dreams come true.
9. Venice: The St Regis
One of the grandest Italian outdoor wedding venues, the St. Regis is pure luxury in the heart of Venice. Mere minutes from the world-famous Piazza San Marco, and situated on the Grand Canal, this luxurious hotel offers an unparalleled location. And this wonderful position can be enjoyed from a plethora of large, elegant terraces overlooking the Venetian skyline. The perfect spot for not just your symbolic wedding ceremony, but an elegant reception dinner space too.
10. Sicily: Dimora delle Balze
Dimora delle Balze is a beautiful up-scale farm in Sicily with an exclusive charm, and luxurious character. As wedding planners, this is one of our dream Italian locations. As it offers an otherworldly experience for our couples. Pure escapism, surrounded by nature that captivates the senses. Re-imagined with a contemporary yet rustic design. This 19th century estate offers couples a multitude of alfresco spaces to wed, and celebrate within its 27 hectares of land.
Recently chosen by the fashion influencer Chiara Ferragni for her big day. This Sicilian venue is best enjoyed over a 3-day wedding vacation. Gift your guests an outdoor extravaganza of activities, relaxation and fine food over a long weekend.
We hope we have inspired your search for the best outdoor wedding venues in Italy. As wedding planners in Italy we have a wealth of experience in not just these locations, but also across the country. So wherever you are looking to host your dream wedding in Italy, SposiamoVi are the planners to create it for you.