Finding the Perfect Italian Seaside Wedding Destination

22 July, 2015

By Italian Wedding Company


Choosing Italy for your destination wedding could be a great choice for many reasons, and one of these is surely its amazing coastline and Mediterranean seaside.  From North to South you can find amazing venues for a wedding – mansions, villas, hotel, castles and intimate restaurants, some with a sheer drop over the sea, and others set right on a sandy beach that you can reach simply by walking along the sand, or maybe by boat.  You can even celebrate your entire day at the beach, with a barefoot ceremony and reception right on the sand.




The most well known seaside destinations are for sure the enchanting Amalfi Coast, with romantic Positano and Ravello.  There is also the poetic Italian Riviera, with Portofino, Rapallo and the famous town of Santa Margherita Ligure, where English Poets Shelley and Keats used to spend their warm winters.

There are many different locations available, so you have a choice of beautiful destinations depending on your tastes.  And if you are looking for a real Italian seaside destination that offers more than a well known luxury tourist destination, read on!




Ulysses Coast – Classic Roman Seaside

The Ulysses Coast, also called ‘Circeo Coast’, is located not far from the eternal city of Rome.  Perched on the Tyrrhenian sea, the view and the panorama over the water is simply amazing. It recalls the Amalfi Coast but with the feel of being more rustic, authentic and real.  The village of Santa Marinella could be the perfect destination for your wedding, as there is a wonderful castle here, located just on the shores where you can plan an outdoor civil ceremony followed by a wonderful reception overlooking a romantic sunset on the sea.  And we cannot forget about Ponza Island, which can be reached by boat by those who want to experience and enjoy real seaside living.




Big Italian Islands – Sicily and Sardinia

Sicily is for sure one of the destination that will enchant you and your guests, with its rich history and amazing mansions on the sea.  Coloured in blue and and green, with wonderful mountains and rock formations, Sicily offers ornate Baroque and frescoed villas, and grand palaces for your reception. It’s churches offer a wonderfully romantic setting for religious ceremonies.

Sardinia has wonderful seaside resorts that can host your destination wedding among its deep floral perfumes and surrounding seaside and woods.  For a fantastic ‘Mamma Mia’ style wedding, why not consider the Eolie and Egadi archipelagos located close to Sicily and reachable by boat.




Traditional and Authentic Cosiness – Apulia

If you are looking for a wedding destination where you can enjoy real Italian traditions, amazing food and great wines, Apulia (also known as Puglia) is the right place for you.  Located in the south east of the country, it is commonly called “the heel of Italy”.




The Salento coast features long sandy beaches with crystal blue sea, maserias (country houses), villas and agriturismos (rustic farm style accommodation) just a few steps from the sea.  The towns of Gallopoli, Castro, Santa Maria di Leuca and Otranto are for sure among the most wanted destinations, without forgetting about the very unique Polignano a Mare where you will discover a jewel of a wedding venue: a real millenary cave set on a sheer drop over the sea in which a wonderful restaurant and hotel has been built.  Isn’t it simply amazing?  And if you die for a beach wedding in Italy then Monopoli, Savelletri and Ostuni are the perfect destinations. A romantic ceremony and reception on the sand is possible for couples seeking a casual romantic wedding by the Italian sea, complete with traditional Italian music and dancing all night!  What a great alternative to fully enjoy the power of the sea and the romance of an Italian sunset.




Further Reading

A Guide to Destination Weddings in the Italian Countryside

A Guide to the Italian Lakes District – Finding the Perfect Location for Your Destination Wedding


About the Author

Italian Wedding Company are a team of expert wedding planners who coordinate beautiful weddings all over bella Italia. Their unique service provides destination specialists with specific local knowledge located throughout the country, including the areas of Rome, the eternal city, the Italian countryside, the Lakes district, the seaside and spectacular coastline, and the breathtaking Italian Alps.  Italian Wedding Company is a full service wedding coordinator, assisting with every aspect including paperwork, site inspection and booking of venues, managing all suppliers involved, full event logistics, as well as transport, accommodation and honeymoon planning.  They believe that your Italian wedding should be a unique, tailor-made experience that you and your guests will always remember, complete with the cuisine, the history, the atmosphere and the natural beauty of Italy. 

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Photography By: Image 1 – Estella Lanti Photography /  Image 2 & 4 – Independent Pictures   / Image 3 – Sonia Ippolito Photography / Image 5 & 6 – Richard Pickavance

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