Italy is a dream destination for couples looking to get married in a romantic and picturesque setting. You've got options from the jagged peaks of the Dolomites, the rolling hills of Tuscany, to the volcanic coastline of the Amalfi Coast. Wherever you choose, you won't be disappointed!

With so many options on places to get married in Italy, it can be hard to choose!

Updated March 16, 2024

1. Cortina d'Ampezzo:

Cortina is located in the heart of the Italian Dolomites, offering stunning views of snow-capped peaks, pristine forests, and sparkling streams. If you were hoping to elope surrounded by mighty peaks, this is the place for you! The hikes are endless and views breathtaking. It's also known for its world-class skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports activities, so don't hesitate to elope in the winter. From hitting the slopes to snowshoeing, it's a place full of activities to make your elopement day more adventurous.

Staying in Cortina can be very nice, however there are other places nearby that you may want to stay at because they are closer to whatever adventure you seek. If you go any direction from Cortina, even for an hour, you won't be disappointed! A local photographer or planner can help you find your dream location, accommodation, hike, gondola ride... whatever you're after.

By the way, if you're looking to elope in the Dolomites, check out my extensive guide. It could even be helpful for those getting married in these majestic mountains.

Elopement near Cortina

Since I'm a bit of an expert on the Dolomites, I know quite a few venues for weddings and places that can host you while you elope. These are some of the ones that are both my favourite and not too far from Cortina. Keep in mine, nothing is really "close" in the Dolomites:

This last place has llamas, just by the way, and they are very cute.

2. Lake Como

Lake Como is a beautiful and serene destination for a wedding. With its sparkling blue waters and mountainous backdrop, it's the perfect place for a lakeside ceremony. Couples can exchange vows at a historic villa or on a private boat cruising the lake. Como has some of the most stunning venues I have personally ever seen- don't miss taking a look at places like Villa Balbiano, though you've probably seen it before in movies. 

The villas come at a high cost, but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate at Como. You can start by having your ceremony at a venue that's not right on the lake, but just a short drive away, such as at Villa Sophia. Then later on, head over to the lake for incredible views and a stellar boat ride for your photos.

If you're interested in checking out more villas, take a look at my post on the Villas to Get Married at on Lake Como.

Lake Como intimate wedding

3. Sardinia

Sardinia is renowned for its natural beauty, with stunning coastlines, crystal-clear waters, and rugged mountain landscapes. You can exchange your vows on a secluded beach, a cliffside overlook, or a mountain meadow, all with the breathtaking backdrop of the island. Plus, it's a "blue zone", as in people live longer than normal, healthier lives here. So perhaps you can learn a thing or two about living long lives together! Check out the best beaches to elope on in Europe and the best wedding beaches worldwide.

Check out venues such as Hotel su Gologne and Forte Village. They've got some stunning locations that really showcase the beautiful nature.

Venice is one of the most romantic cities in the world, making it a popular destination for weddings. Couples can exchange vows in a historic palace and enjoy sunset photos in a gondola floating down the Grand Canal. With its stunning architecture and unique culture, Venice is sure to make any wedding unforgettable.

It's tough to find venues that are actually in Venice, most are hiding in the vicinity. But if you really want to get married at a venue on the island, check out the Hyatt Murano and the Hilton Molino Stucky

4. Venice:

Venice elopement

Calabria, located on the "toe" of southern Italy, is known for its stunning landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture. Getting married in Calabria can be a dreamy affair, with its picturesque coastal towns, historic venues, and delicious cuisine setting the stage for a memorable celebration.

There are a lot of places to choose from in Calabria, but I recommend looking around Spiaggia di Tropea (Tropea beach). You will find the photos of it to be particularly inviting, it's really a dream beach. You've got venues like Villa di Francia to host a full-sized wedding, and if you keep looking, there are several smaller sized villas for just a more intimate ceremony. If you're eloping, you can just do it on the beach! Do it at sunrise for more intimacy (find the difference between elopements and intimate weddings here).

5. Calabria:

Montepulciano is in Tuscany and is known for its beautiful countryside, stunning vineyards, and charming hilltop towns. With its warm climate and gorgeous scenery, it's no wonder that it is a popular choice for destination weddings. Couples can choose to have their ceremony at a historic villa or in the middle of a picturesque vineyard.

For some super picturesque villas around Montepulciano, I recommend taking a look at Villa Cicolina, Agritourismo Il Rigo, and Borgo Tre Rose.

6. Montepulciano:

Montepulciano elopement

Umbria is a region of rolling hills, vineyards, and olive groves, with stunning landscapes that offer a romantic and peaceful atmosphere. It has many unique and stylish accommodations and venues, such as castles, villas, and farmhouses, all offering a romantic and authentic atmosphere. Wherever you choose to exchange or renew your vows, they will all providing a unique and memorable experience.

If you're looking to have a larger wedding, check out Villa Le Mura or Tenute Aliani for your ceremony and accommodation. Or if you're eloping, or only with a few other people, try going a bit more north into Tuscany and check out Agrivlla I Pini Toscana for a delicious plant-based celebration (if that's your thing). They have their own organic farm and vineyards, so you know you're getting the highest quality of food.

7. Umbria:

Located in the Aosta Valley region of northwestern Italy, Aosta a charming destination for a wedding with its stunning alpine landscapes, rich history, and cultural heritage. If you're looking for a mountainous view with less jagged edges than the Dolomites, then Aosta could be the perfect place for you. It's very close to France and Switzerland if those will also be destinations on your trip, and that also means it's a true part of the Alps, which is one of the 6 best mountain ranges to get married or eloped at in Europe.

You can find some beautiful venues in Aosta, such as Castello Gamba, Hotel Bellevue, and Relais Mont Blanc. Make sure when looking for a venue to find one with the local character. There are some fancy hotels that provide wedding services as well, but they just don't have the same charm as some of the more traditional buildings.

8. Aosta:

Cinque Terre is renowned for its breathtaking coastal scenery, with rugged cliffs, crystal-clear waters, and charming colourful villages built into the hillsides. With similar vibes to the Amalfi Coast, the colours of the houses are what really differentiates the two. Eloping in Cinque Terre can be a unique and intimate experience, because if you know where to go, the region is not as crowded with tourists as some other popular Italian destinations. You can enjoy the charming and peaceful atmosphere of the villages, exploring the narrow streets, and discovering hidden corners.

Some venues you can (and should) look into are:

Eco del Mare
La Cervara
Villa Marigola
Castello Canevaro

Take a gander, and if you're not convinced, perhaps you're looking for a different vibe.

9. Cinque Terre:

Cinque Terre

Positano, on the Amalfi Coast, is famous for its dramatic cliffs, colourful houses, and crystal-clear waters. With its stunning scenery and romantic atmosphere, it's the perfect place for a seaside wedding. Couples can exchange vows on a clifftop terrace overlooking the sea or on a private beach. Here are my 5 favourite elopement or wedding spots along the Amalfi Coast.

I highly recommend Villa Oliviero as a venue. It's so beautiful, unique, and intimate, you won't be disappointed. You should also check out Villa Magia and Villa San Gicomo.

The Amalfi Coast is such a small area, and it's all beautiful. Though I have a particular liking for Positano, you can also look into Amalfi, Sorrento, and pretty much any of the other little villages. No matter where you choose, you will have a gorgeous wedding.

10. Positano: 

Intimate wedding in Positano

Italy offers a wide variety of stunning locations for a destination wedding. Whether you choose to tie the knot in Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast, Venice, Lake Como, or the Dolomites, your wedding is sure to be an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.

Top 10 Places to Get Married or Elope in Italy in 2024

  1. Cortina d'Ampezzo
  2. Lake Como
  3. Sardinia
  4. Venice
  5. Calabria
  6. Montepulciano
  7. Umbria
  8. Aosta
  9. Cinque Terre
  10. Positano

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