Best Wedding Venues in Italy

From lush gardens with picturesque views to cozy farmhouses, see what Italian venue is worth considering for your next destination wedding.

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Dreaming of a destination wedding in Italy? We certainly don’t blame you. From opulent villas on Lake Como to rustic farmhouses serving farm-to-table food, there are countless Italian wedding venues for every taste and budget. Plus, no matter where you decide to wed, you can be sure that your guests will have plenty to do. To help you narrow down the infinite choices, we compiled this expert curated list of the best wedding venues in Italy.

Best Wedding Venues in Italy

Best Overall: Villa del Balbianello

Villa del Balbianello

Villa del Balbianello

Key Specs

  • Venue location: Indoor and outdoor
  • Free parking: No
  • Max guests: 60 inside, 150 outside

Why We Chose It

It doesn’t get more iconic than this gorgeous Lake Como villa where scenes from James Bond: Casino Royale were filmed.

Notable Amenities

Lake Como views, terraced gardens, private dock

Pros
  • Historic charm right on the lake

  • Gorgeous gardens and interiors

  • Guests arrive by boat

  • Available to rent for just a few hours or by the day

Cons
  • Very expensive

  • No accommodations

  • Venue only works with specific, exclusive vendors

  • Closed from mid-November through mid-March

There are plenty of beautiful villas on Lake Como, but the crème de la crème is Villa del Balbianello. Built in the late 1700s for Cardinal Durini, a scholar and patron of the arts, the villa has hosted literary greats, scholars, and travelers. It is currently managed by the Fondo Ambiente Italiano (FAI), an organization dedicated to preserving historic estates and gardens throughout Italy. Perched on a wooded promontory, the villa boasts a spectacular setting, elegant architecture, and gorgeous gardens. The only way to reach it is by boat, which makes for an especially magical arrival. Renting it out for a wedding reception doesn’t come cheap, but couples with a maximum of 50 guests willing to have their celebration while the villa is open to the public can save a bit on the rental fee. 

Best for Small Weddings: Palás Cerequio

Palás Cerequio

Palás Cerequio

Key Specs 

  • Wedding location: Outdoor
  • Free parking: Yes
  • Max guests: 50

Why We Chose It

Set among the vineyards of Barolo, this wine-focused resort is a spectacular setting for a wedding amid the vines.

Notable Amenities

Vineyard, Michelin-starred chef, nine rooms, outdoor swimming pool, 18th-century wine cellar

Pros
  • Beautiful setting on a vineyard in Piedmont

  • Cuisine by a Michelin-starred chef

  • Plenty of activities, like wine tastings led by the sommelier and truffle hunting

Cons
  • You need a car to reach this venue

  • Closed in January & February

The Langhe Hills in Piedmont are home to vineyards that produce some of Italy’s most prized wines. In this bucolic setting you’ll find Palás Cerequio, an intimate nine-room resort overlooking a vineyard that provides a dreamy backdrop for a wedding amid the vines. The sleek, modern resort is built on top of an 18th-century wine cellar with over 6,000 bottles and the expert sommelier will happily help couples choose the right wines for their reception as well as lead guests in tastings. The area is ripe for exploration, with plenty of prestigious wineries to visit, truffle hunting excursions, and charming cities like Alba and Turin to explore.

Best for Luxury Weddings: Villa Aurelia

villa aurelia

Key Specs

  • Wedding location: Indoor and outdoor
  • Free parking: Yes
  • Max guests: 200

Why We Chose It

One of the most gorgeous Baroque villas in Rome, Villa Aurelia is the Eternal City’s most magical setting for a fairytale wedding.

Notable Amenities

Lemon garden, Italian garden, multiple dining rooms and halls, changing room for the bridal party

Pros
  • Magical setting in a historic villa with extensive gardens

  • Only one event is organized per day

  • You only pay for the areas you want to use, but the rest remain open for guests to explore

  • You’re free to choose your own vendors

  • Open year-round

Cons
  • Expensive

  • No accommodations

Owned by the American Academy in Rome, this opulent 17th-century villa is set on Janiculum Hill high above the city, offering gorgeous views. There are a number of spaces available, including the beautiful lemon garden, Italian garden, a large hall, galleria, music room, and dining room that can seat up to 200 guests. The villa only hosts one event per day and the fee ranges depending on the areas you plan to use. The other areas won’t be set up, but they will remain open for guests who want to explore. The villa’s staff can recommend caterers and other vendors, but they don’t have exclusive agreements, so you can work with any vendors of your choosing.

Best for Outdoor: Villa Cimbrone

Villa Cimbrone

Villa Cimbrone

Key Specs 

  • Wedding location: Indoor and outdoor
  • Free parking: No
  • Max guests: 150

Why We Chose It

Perched high above the Bay of Naples on the Amalfi Coast, the gardens at Villa Cimbrone are the stuff of legend.

Notable Amenities

Infinity terrace with sea views, gorgeous gardens, hotel with 19 rooms, private helipad, beauty service, babysitting, filming and photography, security service, interpreter

Pros
  • Historic villa in a prime location on the Amalfi Coast

  • Breathtaking gardens with sea views

  • Hotel with 19 rooms

  • Staff available to help with planning

  • Excellent Mediterranean cuisine

Cons
  • Must be booked at least a year in advance

  • Closed from late October through April

  • Expensive

If you’ve seen photos on Instagram of a long table set up on a terrace adorned by busts overlooking the sea, that was the Infinity terrace of Villa Cimbrone. Once the private home of the English Lord Grimthorpe, the villa occupies a prime position on a cliff in Ravello on the Amalfi Coast. It’s now home to a luxurious 19-room hotel filled with antiques and frescoes, but it’s the gardens blooming with roses that are the true showstopping attraction. Guests can stay on the property or at one of the glamorous hotels on the Amalfi Coast, like Le Sirenuse in Positano.

Best for Indoor: Aman Venice

Aman Venice

Aman Venice

Key Specs 

  • Wedding location: Indoor and outdoor
  • Free parking: No
  • Max guests: 100

Why We Chose It

The ultra-luxurious hotel where George and Amal Clooney celebrated their nuptials is available to any couple—provided they have deep enough pockets.

Notable Amenities

Regal entrance hall, ballroom overlooking the Grand Canal, small garden, two restaurants, two classic boats

Pros
  • Most luxurious hotel in Venice

  • Menus by a Michelin-starred chef

  • Hotel available for buyouts

Cons
  • VIP venue comes with a VIP price tag

  • Buyouts have a minimum stay of 3 nights

Imagine arriving at your wedding venue by gondola—or better yet, speedboat. That’s one of the perks of hosting your wedding in Venice. For deep-pocketed couples who want to go all out, Aman Venice will make you feel like royalty. Housed in the 16th-century Palazzo Papadoli, the seven-star hotel features opulent interiors with plenty of stunning backdrops for your photos, from the ballroom overlooking the Grand Canal to the salon with its grand piano. Be sure to book the Tiepolo suite, which features original ceiling frescoes by the Renaissance master, to celebrate your wedding night.

Best for Rustic: Borgo Santo Pietro

Borgo Santo Pietro

Borgo Santo Pietro

Key Specs 

  • Wedding location: Indoor and outdoor
  • Free parking: Yes
  • Max guests: 100

Why We Chose It

A bucolic estate with organic gardens in the Tuscan countryside, this five-star hotel is also equipped with all the amenities needed for a fabulous destination wedding.

Notable Amenities

Michelin-starred gourmet restaurant, extensive gardens, pond, hotel rooms in a 12th-century villa, standalone villas with private pools, spa, cooking school

Pros
  • Design epitomizes a charmingly rustic Tuscan estate

  • Delicious food made with organic vegetables grown on the grounds

  • Ceremonies can take place on the property or at the nearby roofless Abbey of San Galgano 

  • Plenty of on-property activities to keep guests entertained for a weekend

Cons
  • Minimum stay of 2 nights and exclusive use of the villa required for weddings with more than 20 people

  • Very expensive

This sprawling estate in the Tuscan countryside is the perfect place for a rustic yet elegant wedding, with an 800-year-old villa, standalone villas offering more space for the bridal party, two restaurants (one of which has a Michelin star), a spa that uses the resort’s own Seed to Skin skincare line, and extensive gardens. The property can host ceremonies in the gardens, under a cupola overlooking the Tuscan hills and valleys, or on the island in the middle of a lake. There is a minimum two-night stay for weddings with more than 20 people, but if your guests will be traveling from abroad, they’ll probably want to stay at least that long anyway—and there’s plenty to keep them entertained, from cooking classes to picnics by the stream and spa treatments.

Best for Budget Weddings: Madonnella Agricola

Madonnella Agricola

Madonnella Agricola

Key Specs 

  • Wedding location: Indoor and outdoor
  • Free parking: Yes
  • Max guests: 80

Why We Chose It

Run by a young couple, this organic farmhouse in the countryside just outside the center of Rome hosts laid-back, rustic weddings full of charm.

Notable Amenities

Organic vegetable garden, three rooms in the main farmhouse and one standalone cottage, swimming pool

Pros

  • Picturesque countryside location within an hour of the center of Rome

  • Farm-to-table vegetarian cuisine is made with local and seasonal ingredients

  • Weddings can be planned 5-6 months in advance

  • Good value

Cons
  • Hard to reach without a car

  • Indoor parties have a small capacity

At this organic farmhouse, guests are invited to immerse themselves in nature and a slower, simpler way of life. Mariangela, who runs the farmhouse with her husband Giulio, cooks vegetarian feasts using the fresh veggies and herbs from her organic garden and sources cheeses, beer, wine, and other ingredients from local producers. She loves to cook family recipes and decorate with her family’s plates, glasses, silverware, and handmade baskets and vases full of wildflowers. The farmhouse has three rooms and there’s a standalone cottage, so the bridal party can stay right on the property and enjoy Mariangela’s homemade cakes and pastries for breakfast. 

Best for Weddings on the Sea: Tonnara di Scopello

Tonnara di Scopello

Tonnara di Scopello

Key Specs

  • Wedding location: Indoor and outdoor
  • Free parking: Yes
  • Max guests: 250

Why We Chose It

Directly on the sea in Sicily, this tuna processing plant evokes the rustic charm of a centuries-old fishing village.

Notable Amenities

On-site accommodations, chapel, gardens, courtyard

Pros
  • Venue can be rented for exclusive use

  • Choose whatever caterer you want

  • No curfew and music allowed inside and out

  • Kid-friendly

Cons
  • Closed from November through April

  • No in-house event planner

Sicily’s coast used to be full of tonnaras (i.e. tuna processing facilities). Many have been abandoned, but the one in Scopello has been converted into an open-air museum and event venue directly on the sea. The weathered walls and Mediterranean garden evoke centuries past, when the area was a humble fishing village. Couples renting the tonnara have the utmost freedom to choose their vendors, including the caterer, florist, and DJ, and can supply their own alcohol. The location is ideal for summer weddings, when guests can explore Palermo, the nearby beaches, and the Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro, Sicily’s first nature reserve.

Final Verdict

From Piedmont in the north to Sicily in the South, there are some truly incredible wedding venues in Italy. Ready to splurge on the dream wedding of a lifetime? The iconic Villa del Balbianello on Lake Como, Villa Aurelia in Rome, Villa Cimbrone on the Amalfi Coast, or Aman Venice will fulfill all your glamorous fantasies. Looking for something a bit more down to earth? Madonnella Agricola or the Tonnara di Scopello exude laid-back rustic charm. Wherever you decide to celebrate your nuptials, you can be sure to have a wedding you—and your guests—will never forget.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can foreign citizens legally get married in Italy?

  • Yes, but there’s quite a bit of bureaucracy involved, so if you don’t speak Italian, you will need to hire a wedding planner who does or at the very least an interpreter. 

What is the difference between a civil ceremony, a religious ceremony, and a symbolic ceremony in Italy?

  • In Italy, a civil ceremony is a legally binding marriage ceremony that usually takes place at a city hall or certain approved locations. Religious ceremonies usually take place in a Catholic church and are only an option if both the bride and groom are Catholic and meet certain conditions (i.e. neither can be divorced). If you don’t want a religious ceremony and don’t want to choose from one of the approved places for a civil ceremony, you can have a symbolic ceremony just about anywhere. Symbolic ceremonies are not legally binding, so you’ll need to take care of the legal aspect in a separate ceremony at a city hall in Italy or your hometown.

How does the cost of weddings in Italy compare to the U.S.?

  • The cost of a wedding in Italy varies greatly depending on the venue and vendors you choose. That said, weddings in Italy generally cost less than they do in the U.S. Just make sure to factor in the cost of your flights and accommodations when budgeting for a destination wedding in Italy.

What are some Italian wedding traditions?

  • Right after the ceremony, guests toss rice at the couple as they are exiting the church or city hall. Italian wedding receptions tend to be very food-focused, whether couples opt for a buffet or sit-down meal. The couple usually offers a small party favor called bomboniere to all the guests as well as confetti, which is not confetti in the English sense of the word but the Italian word for candy-coated almonds.

How to Choose Wedding Venues in Italy 

We looked at a wide variety of wedding venues in Italy, including hotels, villas, vineyards, farmhouses, and event spaces. We consulted with locals who have gotten married or attended weddings in Italy to learn about their favorite venues. We looked at wedding planning services, blogs, and reviews for the various venues. We tried to find a range of options for various budgets, both with and without in-house planners. We considered the location, amenities, chefs, accommodations, quality of service, significant architecture or interior design and historic elements of each venue. All the venues provide something unique, whether it’s a Baroque villa, a vineyard with a historic wine cellar, or a rustic farmhouse.

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