If you have ever come across the Amalfi Coast of Italy before, you will know what a treat we have in store for you today. This must be one of the most beautiful places in the world and for those of you considering a destination wedding in Amalfi, it won’t be hard to find the perfect place. A little south of Naples and the famous Mt. Vesuvius, the Sorrento Peninsula juts out forming the bottom of the Gulf of Naples and the top of the Gulf of Salerno. The lovely island of Capri sits at the western end of the peninsula looking back at the mainland. As well as Capri, we’ll be talking about the beautiful cities of Ravello, Positano, Amalfi and Sorrento which are all in this area.

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Part of what makes this area so beautiful, the steep mountain sides descending down into the sea, also makes the area unsuitable for agriculture and tourism is therefore a very important part of the economy here. Which basically means that a lot of time and effort has gone into making the area a fantastic place for visitors.

LEGALITIES

See our FAB Guide ✈ Legal Wedding in Italy for all the red tape details about getting married here.

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CHURCHES

RAVELLO

Ravello Cathedral ✈ The famous Duomo located in the main square of the town.

Santa Maria a Gradillo ✈ Small church located in a secluded area of Ravello town.

AMALFI

Amalfi Cathedral (Duomo di Sant’Andrea) ✈ On the main square of the town.

Sant’ Antonio ✈ Small chapel for intimate weddings.

POSITANO

Santa Maria Assunta ✈ Just a few meters from the beach with a beautiful light-filled interior.

SORRENTO/CAPRI

Note  ✈ In Capri and Sorrento, Catholic ceremonies are not permitted for non-residents.

Destination Wedding Guide ✈ Amalfi CathedralAmalfi CathedralJessica Watson via Ruffled

CIVIL CEREMONY LOCATIONS

Ravello Town Hall. A 12th century palace with a beautiful garden with tropical plants, flowers and a covered pergola. In summer ceremonies can be held outdoors in the courtyard.

Amalfi Simple and elegant former Benedictine monastery dating from 12th century located on Amalfi’s main square.

Positano Town Hall. In summer ceremonies can be held on the panoramic terrace overlooking the ocean, in winter the indoor hall can accommodate up to 50 guests.

Destination Wedding Guide ✈ Amalfi: Cloisters Sorrento Wedding in Sorrento

Sorrento St. Francis Cloister. Located in the town centre, the cloister is a medieval convent. Ceremonies are generally held outdoors in the cloister gardens (above). Another alternative is Piano di Sorrento, few kilometers outside Sorrento. Villa Fondi is a neo-classic villa with a beautiful Mediterranean park and a panoramic terrace.

Capri ✈  Town Hall: Located in the famously lively Piazzetta square. Another option is the town hall of Anacapri, a village at the opposite side of the island with an elevation of 1000 meters above sea level.

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RECEPTION LOCATIONS

RAVELLO

Villa Eva ✈ An Art Nouveau styled villa that has been redecorated with care and respect for the original style,  this is an ideal location for ceremonies and banquets. The terrace seafront is a perfect ceremony location with an amazing view of the coast. Receptions can also be held outside protected by large parasols and thick-set centenary plants, or inside in beautiful sea-view dining rooms.

Hotel Caruso ✈ A former 11th century palace set on the Amalfi coast cliffs, this location of this hotel makes it seem to drift on a balcony above the Mediterranean Sea. It has 50 guest rooms with sea view, a top cuisine restaurant and an infinity pool. The beautiful gardens and the breathtaking views makes it a perfect setting for both intimate and big weddings.

Destination Guide Amalfi ItalyHotel Caruso

Villa Cimbrone ✈ Prestigious and charming, this hotel was originally a 12th century residence and has been restored as a luxurious and elegant venue with original architectural and decorative features. Symbolic or religious ceremonies are possible here, including Protestant and Jewish marriages or Waldensian ones with legal validity, though Catholic and civil services are not available. On-site catering offers typical regional food and the venue has the ability to host large weddings.

Hotel Parsifal ✈ The hotel Parsifal is a charming 3 star hotel, located in a former 13th century convent. It has 19 guest rooms with views of the gardens, cloisters or sea. The restaurant has a breathtaking view of the coast with a good choice of Mediterranean cuisine.

Destination Wedding Guide ✈ Amalfi Coast, Hotel Parsifal Hotel Parsifal

AMALFI

Hotel Santa Catarina ✈ This Art Nouveau style villa hotel has spectacular Mediterranean views set amongst luscious bougainvillia, olive groves and fruit trees. Both the terraces and the dining rooms overlook Amalfi town. The hotel restaurant is reputed to have one of the best chefs in Italy, so the fare is very high standard, and the venue can accommodate large wedding receptions.

Destination Wedding Guide ✈ Amalfi: Hotel Santa Caterina
Grand Hotel Il Saraceno ✈ Located on the cliffs of Amalfi, this is one of Italy’s most striking 5 star establishments. Built on the site of an ancient 11th century fortress, the hotel’s luxurious bedrooms and suites all have magnificent sea views. The restaurant, with moorish arches and hand painted floor tiles provides a atmospheric setting and can accommodate up to 200 guests. Also has a private chapel that can be used for ceremonies.
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Ristorante Eolo ✈ A romantic restaurant ideal for intimate wedding receptions. Decorated with typical ceramics from Vietri sul Mare, Eolo Restaurant has a large lounge that can accommodate up to 32 guests and a romantic terrace overlooking the sea. The food is very good with typical local cuisine.
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De Cappuccini Restaurant ✈ Located on the fifth floor of the Convento di Amalfi hotel, the elegant outdoor terrace of this restaurant is an ideal location for weddings with a stunning panorama of Amalfi. The cuisine combines local and Italian with international touches.
Destination Wedding Guide ✈ Amalfi: Grand Hotel Il Saraceno
POSITANO

Villa Oliviero ✈ A luxury villa that can accommodate up to 12 guests, the villa has a large garden, swimming pool, outdoor Jacuzzi and Turkish bath and six en-suite bedrooms. The venue is located in the upper part of Positano and can be rented as exclusive use for min. 3 nights. Wedding receptions for up to 80 guests can be arranged.

Villa Fiorentino ✈ This beautiful and elegant villa is just outside Positano, with terraces with views of the town, Mediterranean trees and flowers and a panoramic swimming pool. The villa offers suites and apartments that can accommodate up 25 guests. Blessing ceremonies and receptions can be held on the villa terrace.

Palazzo Murat ✈ This 17th century palace in the centre of Positano has 31 bedrooms. The venue offers an elegant atmosphere with antique furniture and original décor. Also has a beautiful inside garden.

Le Sirenuse ✈ Located in the centre of Positano, this five star hotel has 59 rooms. The Pool Terrace is full of lemon trees and flowers. The Champagne & Oyster Bar, located on a different terrace, is filled with roses and frangipane flowers. The restaurant here, La Sponda, has been mentioned in the Michelin guide and dinners here are unforgettable as the dining room is lit by 400 candles. The cuisine is local and traditional Mediterranean.

Destination Wedding Guide ✈ Amalfi: Palazzo MuratPalazzo Murat

SORRENTO
Grand Hotel Capodimonte ✈  A 4 star superior hotel located in Sorrento, positioned on the rocky mountain overlooking the town of Sorrento and the Gulf of Naples. It offers different space options for ceremony and receptions.
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Oasis Olimpia Relais ✈ Relaxed boutique hotel outside Sorrento, surrounded by lush greenery and Mediterranean flowers. Wedding receptions are arranged outdoors under the pergola (if weather permits) and ceremonies are possible in the garden or on the terraces with panoramic views.
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Relais Blu ✈ Charming hotel in Massa Lumbrese, just few kilometers from Sorrento, with an amazing sea view and modern decor. The hotel is set in a beautiful park with olive trees and maritime pines. Reception dinners can be held on the terrace with views of Capri.
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Restaurant Parrucchiano ✈ A historic and traditional restaurant in Sorrento with a unique atmosphere enhanced by the natural light from the large windows facing the gardens.
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Villa Angelina ✈ An elegant Victorian building, this was originally a private residence and has been recently renovated. Located in Massa Lumbrese, few kilometers from Sorrento, the villa dominates the entire area of Capo di Massa, with incredible views on the Neapolitan Gulf, Capri, Ischia and Vesuvius. There are both rooms and apartments on the estate for guest accommodation. Can host large weddings.

Destination Wedding Guide ✈ Amalfi: Villa AngelinaVilla Angelina

CAPRI

Capri Palace ✈ An 18th century Mediterranean venue located on the highest part of the island, Anacapri, with amazing panoramas of the Bay of Naples and of Ischia. The palace atmosphere is unique: elegant arches, vaulted ceilings, columns, and white and gold decor. It has a beautiful garden, swimming pool and a renowned  restaurant.

Hotel Caesar Augustus ✈ This 5 star hotel is situated in one of Capri’s most panoramic spots. From the terraces and suites of the hotel, there is an incomparable view of the island and the Bay of Naples, a view which extends from the Sorrentine peninsula to Mount Vesuvius and as far as the island of Ischia. Ceremonies are possible on the panoramic terraces and outdoor receptions are catered for.
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Restaurant lo Scoglio delle Sirene ✈ This restaurant is located just in front of the legendary Faraglioni of Capri. Ideal venue for a beach wedding, with reception tables being positioned practically on the beach (above).
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Restaurant Lido del Faro ✈ For an unconventional wedding in front of the sea, this is the best spot in Capri. The restaurant is located near the Lighthouse Punta Carena and either informal buffet dinners or traditional Italian banquets of us to 200 people can be arranged.

WEDDING PLANNERS

Emma Events

La Calla

 

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PHOTOGRAPHERS

Rochelle Cheever

Lelia Scarfiotti

Cinzia Bruschini

Francese Photography

Jay Studio

Belle Momenti

FLORISTS

La Violetta Amalfi

Malafronte 

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HAIR / MAKEUP

Gerardo Total Hair Design

Luisa e Flavia

Effetto Donna

Art Color Fashion

Glamour Beauty Salon

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CAR HIRE

Positano Car Service

Europe Luxury Car

Amalfi Coast Yacht

MUSIC

Wedding Music in Italy 

Sombras Live Music

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GUEST ACTIVITIES

AMALFI / RAVELLO

Visit The Duomo, Coral Museum, Various public villas such as Villa Rufolo, Villa Cimbrone, Villa La Rondinaia Shop ✈ The various specialist Vietri ceramic shops Take Local recipe cooking classes, excursions to Naples, Ercolano, Pompei and Paestum, a mini cruise to Positano, a boat to Capri Taste  The famous local limoncello

POSITANO

Visit ✈ The coast villages and drive along the spectacular panoramic cliffs Stroll  The streets and take in the church of Santa Maria Assunta Take ✈ A boat tour to Capri or an excursion to Amalfi

CAPRI

Visit  The highest point of Island Mount Solaro by chair lift, the Augustus Gardens and walk on the Via Krupp, see the Villa Tiberious and the Charterhouse of San Giacomo Go ✈ Rent a scooter and visit Capri and Anacapri: from the famous square La Piazzetta, to the view point of the Faraglioni, from Marina Grande to Marina Piccola beaches, from the hill top Anacapri, where you can visit the beautiful Villa San Michele to the Lighthouse at Punta Carena Sail See the town from another point of view and discover intricate coastline caves Discover ✈ The famous Blue Grotto Shop ✈ Buy a pair of famous Capri sandals, taste Caprese cake with a cappuccino in a local bar.

Tip If you plan on visiting some archeological sites around the larger area, check out the Campania Arte Card which saves some cost on multiple site visits.

GETTING THERE

Fly ✈ The nearest airports are Naples and Salerno. Naples is the bigger airport so it’s easier to find a flight here. Flying from Dublin will involve a stopover in another city.
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Boat  The most popular transport from Naples to the Amalfi area is by boat. There is a bus connection from the airport bringing you to the ferry dock with an information stand at the airport. Ferries Online is useful for checking a few different companies for timetables etc.
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Rail  The Circumvesuviana train runs along the coast from Naples. The journey by rail to Sorrento from Naples is easy with trains leaving every half an hour. It can take between 45 minutes and 1.5 hours depending on the amount of stops. The “direttissimo” trains have fewer stops so are quicker than those marked “diretto”. Tip ✈ Trains are very popular with pickpockets here so be careful! Also, when trying to embark in Naples the Circumvesuviana station is underneath the Napoli Centrale station and this can cause confusion.
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Drive  The drive south along the coast from Naples is not as scenic as it looks, there are a few panoramas, but most of the highway you’ll be taking is inland. It is apparently quite steep in places and can be a bit hair-raising for those scared of heights. The journey time is about an hour from Naples to both Sorrento and Amalfi. When you reach Pompeii the road splits going west to Sorrento and takes an eastern loop to Amalfi in order to circumvent the peninsula mountains.
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Bus  It’s possible to get a bus from Naples airport to Sorrento with Curreri Viaggi, and from there you can get a connection to Amalfi with Sitabus. To get to Sorrento from Naples takes about 1.5 hours, and bus timetables and frequency vary with the season.
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Hope you find this useful and thanks so much to Laura from Varese Wedding for the invaluable help with this guide and all the local info! If there’s another venue or anything else you feel should be in here please do drop us a line.

10 Responses

  1. Andre & Suzanne

    What an incredibly well thought out and detailed guide to planning your Destination Wedding in Italy. We will be pointing all our Brides to this page in future. Well done to everyone who contributed, a really excellent blog post. :-)

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  2. Sara

    GORGEOUS omg seriously. Travel envy. I have yet to go here. BTW that first shot is one of my favorite all time weddings you’ve ever posted.

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  3. April

    Wow! Thank the LORD! I am so glad I found this to use as a destination planning tool! Coming from the states to Italy raises some big barriers to finding vendors and good ones at that.

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  4. Leah Dugan

    Amazing blog. I am in the beginning process of assisting one of my brides in a destination wedding to this area. So much valuable information, thank you.

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  5. Mauro Photographer Italy

    Thanks so much to this guide! There are a lot of interesting infos to who want a beautiful place to celebrate their wedding. I was in Amalfi coast in different seasons but I love so much the summer where you will find typical lemons of the zone. I could suggest also to take a look at Praiano that is closest to Amalfi. Such a photographer like I’m this coast is an interesting photography place!

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  6. Claire Taylor

    The Amalfi coast has so many beautiful venues to choose from. There is a perfect venue for everyone whether you prefer rustic and relaxed, traditional and grand or super chic and contemporary but the most beautiful thing about The Amalfi coast is the spectacular views.

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  7. Cheryl & Kenny

    So many helpful tips. This has made my wedding planning so much easier. Thank you to all who put this page together.

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