There are many reasons to have a destination wedding in Italy, but the country’s dreamy climate is one of the main ones. Having the security of good weather (not too hot, too dry, too wet or too cold) takes a lot of stress away from the lead up to the big day, and makes for incredible photos. Everyone is happier with a bit of sun, an evening breeze, and incredible outdoor views, right?
With this in mind, we have selected the top three wedding venues with terraces or gardens that make for the most spectacular alfresco celebration and ceremony. With panoramic views of beautiful Italy and the chance to party with your loved ones under the stars, your destination wedding really will be unforgettable for everyone involved.
1. Villa Quiete
Villa Quiete is an ancient, noble residence located in the municipality of Montecassiano. The villa is surrounded by vast, green grounds which, in combination with the villa’s fine décor and attention to detail, make Villa Quiete an enchanting setting for your special day.
The menus are personalized and skilfully created by Villa Quiete’s very own Chef. Their repertoire includes fish and meat dishes, depending on the seasonality of genuine, locally sourced ingredients. The dishes are accompanied by a selection of wines from local and national cellars.
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Attentive and qualified staff at the Villa will help you achieve a flawless and stress-free wedding. To top it all off, if you have your wedding at Villa Quiete you can stay the night for free in the most beautiful room, receive breakfast the following day AND there is late check out. How luxurious!
2. Castel d’Acone
Experience a unique, unforgettable, timeless wedding at Castel d’Acone. Surrounded by centuries-old olive groves and stone walls and the characteristic beauty of the Chianti hills, Castel d’Acone is the ideal venue for your wedding day.
In addition to the apartments obtained from the farmhouse complex, it is also possible to rent the main villa weekly. The Castel d’Acone boasts eighteen hectares of agricultural land cultivated mainly with olive groves, whose exquisite products can be purchased from the farm.
Castello Benelli is located in the countryside of Bordonchio in Bellaria Igea Marina. It was built in the nineteenth century on the foundations of a previous medieval castle dating to the eleventh century. The charm of the castle, however, is not limited to the architecture. It is a castle surrounded by nature, characterized by pine trees that extend all the way down to the sea. Castello Benelli is the perfect venue for your fairy tale wedding thanks to its ability to transport you back to the ancient times of nobility.
Luoghi di Puglia is a new location, built in traditional Apulian style. The entire structure is surrounded by locally sourced stone, a very typical characteristic of the area. There are large outdoor spaces decorated and enhanced with ornamental plants that create a beautiful atmosphere. The scenery surrounding Luoghi di Puglia is enchanting and ideal for any event, from the simplest to the most extravagant. There is a suite for the newlyweds and accommodation is available for the guests on site with breakfast, lunch and dinner services included. This location is ideal for those dreaming of having a special, modern, sophisticated wedding.
Villa Grimaldi is a fantastic venue for couples who wish to marry in a prestigious, historic setting. Villa Grimaldi is located on a remote farm in Castelfranco Emilia, between Bologna and Modena, surrounded by flawless nature. In the garden, the centuries-old trees are reflected in the pond with swans, creating a special show that can, upon request, be emphasized with specific lighting. The refurbished rooms, with frescoed ceilings dating to the 1700s and 1800s, with original Bassano chandeliers, are able to accommodate from 80 to 250 people. At Villa Grimaldi history and charm joins the warmth of a loving family atmosphere to guarantee our guests an unforgettable experience.
Riva degli Etruschi is a tourist complex of 286 villas and 85 different room styles, many of which are on the beach, as the venue is located on the magnificent Etruscan Coast. The views from the venue are either of the sea or the surrounding forest of oak trees – an endless haven of peace, nature, and beauty. Riva degli Etruschi is passionate about Tuscany and eager to entertain curious travellers. The complex is close to many popular destinations, such as the Islands of Elba, Baratti, Populonia, and various cities such as Pisa and Livorno. So, if you want to include exploring Tuscany in your wedding itinerary whilst staying at a gorgeous, peaceful location, then Riva Degli Etruschi is the venue for you.
This luxury estate has a charming garden and poolside terrace, nestled in a landscape of citrus groves, olive groves and natural springs. Located in Caserta, just 30 minutes from Naples, Tenuta Re Ferdinando is a tranquil harmony that blends its natural landscape with contemporary architecture and modern luxuries. The gardens here flourish with the typical flora and fauna of the Mediterranean, coupled with a serene pool and enchanting fountain that reflect the twinkling lights of the venue.
In the green of the San Prisco archaeological park, this hotel venue is spread over 1 million square meters, offering four soccer fields and tennis courts as well as a golf driving range, so your guests can indulge in a truly fun-filled trip. The chefs here will work with you to design a delicious menu to your taste, with seasonal and local ingredients, while their wedding and event planning service will work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure your destination wedding dreams come true.
6. Villa Pocci
On the glistening Lake Albano, just outside of Rome, Villa Pocci is an oasis of beauty and charm in the heart of the Castelli Romani regional park. Lakeside luxury at its finest, the large terrace at Villa Pocci can host up to 200 guests, surrounded by panoramic views.
Couples from all over the world dream of marrying here, and its not hard to see why. The estate has a park of 15,000 meters, inhabited by vibrant plants and offering two romantic swimming pools. The villa’s interior consists of elegant ballrooms and antique furnishings, capable of hosting up to 200 guests. But the real attraction, as we’ve said, is the incredible view, and this could be the backdrop to your alfresco vows and reception.
In the beautiful location of Palermo, you’ll love Baglio Regia Corte, a breathtaking nineteenth century structure with a courtyard that’s simple perfect for your alfresco wedding. This is the ideal setting for a rustic-chic/ country elegance wedding theme, since the venue is completely immersed in the enchanting countryside, surrounded by hay, wildflowers and woods.
This venue also has a poolside space for your evening celebrations, meaning you can choose between two incredibly romantic outdoor spaces, or even have one spot for your ceremony and the other for the reception! There is also a lovely Winter Garden for cooler months, an indoor dinner venue that is made of glass so as not to loose the impressive beauty of the outside views.
So, if you’re looking to have an intimate ceremony and wedding party in the great outdoors of Italy, then one of these luxury venues is for you. Simply choose the one that best suits your style, or the one that is situated in your desired destination, and celebrate under the stars.