We at Zankyou have always understood what brings destination wedding couples to Italy: the rich culture, the delicious food, the gorgeous views and the incredibly diverse landscapes. That’s why we continue to strengthen our network of venues, planners, photographers and caterers in this fantastic country, in order to allow our international brides to choose among the crème de la crème.
So if you’re planning your destination wedding in Italy for 2020, firstly – congratulations! You’ve made one of the best decisions of your lives. Your destination wedding will be unique and incomparably special. But a common myth is that by choosing a destination wedding you sacrifice all the personal touches that become a feature of weddings closer to home. Well, the variety available in Italy means you don’t have to settle for a standard hotel venue, in fact, you can choose among this array of different venues to suit different personalities and styles.
Read on for 10 recommendations and choose the one that’s most suited to your tastes and wedding theme.
Castello Benelli is situated in the Bordonchio countryside in Bellaria Igea Marina. The Castle, a property owned by the Benelli Family, was built around the 1800s on the grounds of a previous Medieval castle, dating back to the XI Century.
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This castle’s charm transcends the borders of its architectural structure – it’s a place surrounded by a vast green landscape, characterised by ancient pine trees, and the sea can be pictured on the horizon.
The staff here will enable you to adapt the space according to your own decorative style and wedding guest needs, always offering expert advice. This place is simply perfect if you’ve always dreamed of a fairytale wedding.
According to the owners, “Castello Benelli the place where history meets poetry”, and we can certainly see why.
2. Villa Mosconi Bertani – Classical style
Villa Mosconi Bertani is located in the heart of the Valpolicella Classica. An elegant monumental complex dating back to the first half of the 18th century surrounded by lush woods and splendid vineyards. The estate has an eight-hectare historic English park and magnificent frescoed and decorated interior rooms.
Here you can also have an al fresco ceremony or reception, making the most of Italy’s enviable climate and golden sunshine. Inside, the Salone delle Muse can accommodate 100 people, the Antica Tinaia offers up to 150 seats while the villa as a whole can accommodate up to 270 guests.
Here your guests can indulge in delicious food, and rich wines that have been carefully aged in the venue’s cellar.
3. Parco dei Cavalieri – Rural style
The Parco dei Cavalieri is the ideal setting for your wedding, thanks to its splendid location, the sobriety of the furnishings and the greenery that surrounds it, making it a location for exclusive events. The large indoor and outdoor spaces are an elegant setting for setting up your wedding banquet. You can celebrate in the gardens, with an aperitif by the pool, on the charming terrace and finally in the reception room with a breathtaking view of the centuries-old park.
The chefs are known for paying attention to every crumb of detail, offering fresh, seasonal flavours that combine all the wonders of Italian cuisine with a twist. You can customise the menus to fully meet the demands of your guests.
Imagine a rural-chic day, with fresh blooming flowers, twinking fairylights and candles in a centuries-old park, you and your guests will be totally enchanted.
4. Villa Balke – Luxurious Style
Villa Balke transforms the historic Italian villa model into a luxury, sublime and contemporary structure with an elegant pool and incomparable views.
The Villa, located in the center of the Gulf of Naples with Capri in the background, and extends inside a park of 15,000 square meters with large interior spaces. The vibrant green colours of the surrounding park are harmonious with the white washed walls and the warm interiors, contrasted with the glistening blue of the pool and sea – sounds idyllic, right?
Every single reception is set up with care, creativity and inspiration, custom built and always in line with the customer’s needs.
5. Villa Livia – Exotic Style
For your most beautiful day Villa Livia is guaranteed well-being: a splendid swimming pool with a terrace overlooking the sea and a park rich in Mediterranean flora are the setting for an impeccable service and a unique catering for culinary flavors and professionalism.
You can celebrate your wedding indoors or outdoors: in the large reception hall or in the large garden with swimming pool, with open bar and disco garden even at night. The decor and taste in the details guarantee the warm atmosphere worthy of a villa, the right combination of elegance and hospitality. Between the Majella and the sea, the olive trees on one side and the endless fields of sunflowers on the other form the backdrop to your outdoor ceremony, an exclusive of Villa Livia that offers the emotion of a day worthy of a diva.
Villa Livia offers the possibility of personalized fireworks, for a special day made even more unique, chosen among three vintage cars with a driver for the bride, attention to detail and mise en plais with decoration and table arrangement depending on the need , suite for the newlyweds and guide to choosing the menu for a complete service worthy of the most important day. Villa Livia also has 21 bright rooms equipped with every comfort, all with sea view and private terrace or garden.
6. Andris Hotel / Villa di Isernia – Relaxed Style
The Andris Hotel is a brand new hotel located in the province of Naples, immersed in the lush setting of the Vesuvius National Park. A quiet and reserved place that will provide maximum relaxation and comfort to you and your guests. It’s great for an intimate destination wedding that really has a holiday-feel.
Overlooking the Gulf of Naples is the ideal location to say your vows- a unique moment that you’ll always remember. Attention to detail from this expert team will turn your event into an unforgettable experience in which you’re truly pampered. There’s nowhere more romantic than Naples, so choose a luxury hotel like this one that overlooks it all.
7. Corte Franca Eventi – Country Style
Corte Franca Eventi is a golf and wellness venue that never fails to amaze. It’s a structure of sensory astonishment, with modern but handmade interior spaces and 10000 square meters of beautiful gardens, it’s the ideal place to have fun, stay in harmony with nature and eat deliciously fresh food.
The menus are rich, ecological, fresh, tasty and healthy thanks to an internal kitchen made of local products, coming from the venue’s very own dairy, from a vegetable garden to farms that take care of animal welfare and which have a low environmental impact. Your wedding here will be both wholesome and incredibly beautiful.
8. Cascina Spiga D’Oro – Romantic Style
No matter your party size, Relais will give your reception an exclusive atmosphere, thanks to its large and splendid rooms and the natural beauty of the large park that surrounds it. Immersed in a park of about 15,000 square meters, which is lost in the heart of the Roman countryside, this historic farmhouse is an enchanting location where harmony, style, nature, sophistication and elegance meet.
You can choose to experience the magic of your wedding immersed in a paradise: a large garden with a swimming pool, white gazebos and elegant sofas; the Relais is also a perfect outdoor location, for a fresh, fashion and dynamic wedding, which also guarantees the possibility of being able to celebrate the symbolic civil ceremony by taking advantage of the wonderful external cloister.
9. Tenuta Villa Cusona – historical style
The Villa Cusona estate of the Guicciardini Strozzi family boasts over a thousand years of history: the oldest document that testifies to the existence of Cusona even dates back to the year 994! The Cusona estate stands between the green Tuscan hills, facing the famous medieval town of San Gimignano. The Estate has been, and still is, elected as a favourite destination in Tuscany by historical figures, politicians and celebrities from the entertainment world.
The park of the Tenuta, surrounded by centuries-old cedars of Lebanon, welcomes breathtaking events and celebrations, in an absolutely exclusive way. The historic cellars, that produce much loved tuscan wines, offer a frame of authenticity that can be transformed by personalising them for a rustic wedding look. Magic and history make this place unique and full of charm, ideal for organising any type of reception.
10. Hotel La Corte – authentic Italian style
You can’t get more Italian than this picturesque pink farmhouse converted into a luxury hotel and wedding venue. Hotel La Corte, obtained from the renovation of a medieval convent, is a structure equipped with every comfort. Located just steps from the Basilica of Santa Rita is the ideal setting for guests.
La Corte Restaurant is equipped with with bright colours and delicious offerings, a place for lovers of hearty Italian food. Dishes are always adapted with new products and new fusions – but can also be personalised to your own tastes. In this environment you will be treated like royalty on your fairytale wedding day, with true Italian hospitality.
11. Parco del Principe Restaurante – garden theme
In the heart of Italy stands Parco del Principe, an ideal location for an enchanted garden wedding theme. Here you can marry and celebrate in the great outdoors, surrounded by aromatic gardens and glistening waters. When the sun goes down expect twinkling lights and the shining stars.
Specialised in wedding receptions, the team here can make every event totally unique, based solely on your every desire. Attention to detail and their experience in the catering sector will ensure you have the best day possible.
A classy location where fountains, statues and nature become the perfect setting for your ceremony.