Choosing to have a dreamy beachside ceremony in Italy for your destination wedding is one thing, but deciding on a particular coastline and beach location is another big consideration. Including islands, Italy has a coastline of 7,600 km on the Adriatic Sea, Ionian Sea, Tyrrhenian Sea, Ligurian Sea, Sea of Sardinia and Strait of Sicily. Shaped like a boot, the majority of Italy’s borders are coastline, and only the Northern tip of the country is landlocked.
This means that destination wedding couples have SO much choice of coastal destinations in Italy, maybe even too much choice. So, here’s the low down on Italy’s coastlines with some top recommendations of wedding venues and services. We hope it narrows down your search so you can focus on more on the planning of the event itself!
Otherwise known as Adriatic Coast, the East Coast of Italy runs down from Slovenia’s border to the heel of the boot shape. It is dotted with wonderfully picturesque seaside resort towns, such as Grado and Lignano. The most visited spot along this coast is, of course, the romantic city of Venice, but if its a beach wedding you’re looking for, then the Southern region of Puglia houses some perfect spots such as Salento and Vieste, forming the heel of Italy’s boot.
In this region you’ll find The Gattarella Resort, a lovely four-star wedding venue and hotel, immersed in 14 hectares of Mediterranean greenery. Here, you can choose between two reception rooms, a panoramic terrace, a sea view lounge bar or a private beach for your destination wedding party. This space is perfectly adaptable to any wedding size, from an intimate and casual affair to a large event. Your guests can certainly enjoy a luxury stay, with 118 rooms and suites available in the resort.
The West Coast of Italy is perhaps the most visited by tourists, infamous for its Amalfi Coast and gorgeous islands of Capri and Sardinia. Otherwise known as the Mediterranean coast of Italy, this long stretch of the country includes the Italian Riviera and the renowned Gulf of Naples too. Couples can explore the West Coast by car, train or boat, which also makes for incredibly romantic honeymoon experiences.
Overlooking the stunning Gulf of Naples is a spectacular wedding venue that is both elegant and authentically Italian. Villa Andrea di Isernia has a luxury swimming pool terrace with panoramic views that’s perfect for welcome aperitifs and photos, and the surrounding landscaped gardens can house an alfresco ceremony and party under the stars. A dreamy Mediterranean location, combined with highly qualified staff to make sure every moment of your wedding day runs flawlessly.
If its the Amalfi Coast you’re looking at for an unforgettable Italian wedding, then check out Hotel Luna Convento, complete with a private church for religious ceremonies. As a former 13th-century convent, this 4-star hotel is a charming, fairytale venue that’s synonymous with romance. Celebrate with your guests in a private garden, or on a pretty terrace with a fully equipped bar.
To help you plan such an incredible destination wedding, we recommend that you use the services of wedding planners who know the area. Cristina Rocco, creator of Italian Allegria, is a specialist when it comes to helping couples from all over the world have their dream wedding in Italy, wherever on the coast you choose to have it. The Italian Allegria team knows every corner of Italy, and with them you can choose between some of the most beautiful venues and exclusive beaches. They’ll take care of everything from the proposal or rehearsal dinner to the co-ordination of the real thing.
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, and a bustling hub of culture and history. Discover a varied coastline, from the sandy beaches of Palermo and Mondello to the pebbly coves and crystal waters of Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve.
The Sicily Love Wedding Planners can be on board to ensure that you have the best possible destination wedding experience without any stress or hassle. A paradisiacal wedding planned to perfection, what could be more exiting for you and your guests? Sicily Love Weddings even organise pre-wedding visits so that you can have a romantic weekend away while meeting with suppliers, tasting your wine and food menus and visiting venues.
One Sicilian venue in particular that we love is the Mazzaro Sea Palace, a landmark of Messina and the whole island of Sicily. Expect delicious and personalised cuisine, breathtaking views from a panoramic terrace, and highly professional staff. The photo below says it all!
Photo: Mazzarò Sea Palace
So now you have no excuse not to consider an Italian beach wedding. Simply choose which part of the coast most suits your style, and let our recommendations ensure that you have the perfect destination wedding.