Hey there! Good morning. I hope you all had a really nice weekend? I’ve a few more weddings coming up now before Christmas so I spent the weekend practicing my harp and piano and learning some lovely new pieces. I find it so hard to make time to play anymore so it was really refreshing to put a few hours aside - although my fingers are a bit tender as I type this morning! Inspired by our two real destination weddings in Italy last week and an email from a bride hoping to get married in Italy next September, I was once again on the hunt for some really beautiful wedding venues in Italy. The last venue spotlight we did on Italy was back in April (honestly, that was so long ago but we have so much to cover on FAB – we are cutting down on the countries we focus on but still, there are so many beautiful places in Europe) and we focused on the city of Rome. For today, keeping in mind Italian coast and countryside weddings, I narrowed down a few amazing venues. As usual though it was next to impossible to pick just four, but here it goes.
I dream of someday visiting the Cinque Terre in Italy and can only imagine what a spectacular wedding location one of it’s little villages would make. One of the oldest villages, but the second smallest in the Cinque Terre is that of Manarola. The bright and colouful village that overlooks the Italian Riviera is just so picturesque and I can’t think of anything better than spending a few days taking in the views and drinking the local wine, Sciacchetra. We came across this really cute restaurant in Manarola but first of all – do not be put off by the first picture on their website, I got the fright of my life at the face staring back! The restaurant can seat 50 inside but it’s out on the veranda you want to host your wedding reception. They also have a small hotel with 13 rooms but there is plenty of accommodation in the area.
At this stage, nearly a year in to Fly Away Bride, I’m a little fearful of the day that I might get engaged because I have actually no idea where I’d like to get married anymore! Honestly, we see so many places every week all over the world that I know it’s going to be the hardest thing to decide. One place high up on my list all year though is Castello di Gargonza. Why? Because it isn’t just a venue, it’s an entire village, it’s available for exclusive use and it’s a pretty, pretty place for one big party. There is a church in the village too so if you are catholic, you can have your ceremony and celebrations in the one place. The village houses have 45 rooms between them meaning there is plenty of room for guests so if you are looking for somewhere where you and your guests can have a very relaxed, weekend wedding, this is a very exciting option.
The quaint fishing village of Positano is about 60km from Naples so a little bit further south. The nearest airport is Salerno-Pontecagnano Airport although Naples offers a better service into the region. La Tagliata has three different terraces all offering different views over the Amalfi Coast. As well as the great views, they grow a lot of their own food that they cook in their own kitchens. Private dining is offered and weddings catered for and well, the pictures of La Tagliata speak for themselves.
Last but not least today, we are heading inland again towards Siena to check out Villa Catignano. This luxury villa is also available for exclusive rental and can accommodate as many as 90 people for weddings. Villa Catignano has an ancient chapel on the property that can celebrate Anglican or Protestant faith ceremonies and blessings can be held in their beautiful gardens. If tranquility and luxury is what you are looking for, take a look at their website.
If you are having trouble finding a venue, pop us a mail. We do too much research on them and are sure to have one that suits your requirements. It’s real wedding day tomorrow so check back with us before noon!