Destination weddings in Italy are grand affairs where the couple can marry in a castle, rustic farmhouse, a palace, or an elegant villa. One of the country’s most beautiful locations for destination weddings is in the region of Apulia. Noted for its unspoiled coastlines and diverse landscapes, this region is called the “Boot of Italy,” as it is part of the southeastern peninsula that makes up the heel of this boot-shaped country. It is a land of sun-kissed beaches, cerulean waters, historic castles, and country estates.
Apulia is the place for brides who want a fairytale ceremony. There are Swabian castles, Norman castles, and fortified country estates – also known as masseria. They may be country estates, but these villas look like castles, especially when they are perched atop a seaside cliff that looks out over the Mediterranean Sea. One such masseria is a beautiful 17th century farmhouse located on top of a hillside in Polignano a Mare. The venue can host the ceremony, reception, and provide accommodations for the couple and their guests. They also provide catering. There is a small chapel on site, but the most enchanting spot for a ceremony would be in the garden surrounded by the scent of citrus from the trees dotting the landscape.
Known as one of the most spectacular and stunning spots for destination weddings in Italy is the Hotel Ristorante Grotta Palazzese. This 25-room hotel is literally carved into the limestone cliffs. The restaurant is located in a limestone cave with an opening that looks out over the sea. It is a true piece of architectural art. One cannot express the beauty and splendor of the vistas. Originally built as a feudal home for a duke, the site has been host to noble and aristocratic parties since its inception. Most of the rooms have sea views. If needed or desired, the terrace restaurant can be exclusively rented for both the ceremony and reception. The surreal views and location will make your ceremony unforgettable.
In Giovinazzo, there is a beautiful palace overlooking the sea that has hosted many destination weddings for couples in Italy. It is not hard to see why. The grounds are enchanting. One of the most popular spots to get married is on the terrace that overlooks the Adriatic Sea. Both the ceremony and the reception can be held on the terrace. The expansive grounds make a gorgeous backdrop for pictures. After the ceremony and reception, the couple and guests can spend their time enjoying all the beauty and splendor that Apulia has to offer.
A bride considering sites for traditional Catholic destination weddings should look in Trani, Italy. Here, an ancient Romanesque cathedral is the ideal site for a ceremony. Built in the 12th century, a double flight of stairs leads up to the doors before walking under the bronze portal to go inside the church. After the ceremony, head to the villa comunale for pictures. The gardens make a beautiful panoramic backdrop for pictures.
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