I don’t know about you, but after the rollercoaster pandemic we’ve all experienced, all I want is to be surrounded by wide, open spaces of natural beauty.
I thought this was the perfect time to take stock of the venues I’ve been to and write up a list of the best panoramic venues for weddings in Italy. Seeing as we’ve had the opportunity to visit so many different venues when photographing Italy destination weddings and elopements, I’ve been very specific with my choices. I evaluated each venue based on these these three key aspects:
- The superlative panorama over nature is unspoilt and truly natural
I’ve focused on venues perched in a dominating position with a clean, unspoilt view of nature, and no industrial areas of disruptive buildings in sight. For this list of venues, I’ve not included any venues that have a view but are also immersed in a big city. Instead, I’ve narrowed in on those venues in idyllic hamlets and no forboding buildings.
- You can have your ceremony or reception with the view as your background
This is a key point which I have ensured every venue on the list offers. You can make the most of the stunning view by having your ceremony or reception directly in front of the view. Whether you’re on a terrace, in a pretty garden or on a natural hill or mountain, the stunning view is your wedding backdrop. And trust me… this makes your wedding photography background ultra beautiful!
- I have visited the area
I thought this was a really important point, because anyone can just do an internet search for ‘the best panoramic venues for weddings in Italy’ but I have actually been to all of these areas and I know the venues well. Knowing that I’ve made this list from my direct experience, you can trust my knowledge of the area. Most of the venues are in central Italy (Umbria, Tuscany, Le Marche, Amalfi Coast and Rome) because those are the areas I work in the most. Having said that, I’m sure the north and southern sides of Italy offer a wide selection of pretty views too, but I haven’t worked in those areas so much, so I haven’t included them in this list.
So, in no particular order, here is my list of 17 of the best panoramic venues for weddings in Italy!
Doria Castle, Portovenere
Standing on a rocky plateau, this ancient militarian architecture (first documents mention it in 1139) overlooks the hamlet of Portovenere and the bay of poets. Thanks to its artistic richness, you can plan a outdoor seaview wedding ceremony here, and you will say “I do” amidst the blue sea and the sky. It’s a place full of spirituality.
Tenuta del Murlo
Nestled in the impressive mountains full of olive groves and immaculate woods is the Tenuta del Murlo, a wide complex of villas, suites, charming apartments and romantic cottages. If you want to give an extra touch at your destination wedding in Umbria all your guests can stay here. Forget to be bored thanks to the many outdoor activities you can plan daily.
This Amalfi Coast’s super classy venue Relais Blu is everything you expect from Italy. It’s like a real-life postcard. You can plan both your ceremony and reception outdoor with a view of Capri and the bay of Naples. Facing west, you can see the sun plunging into the upper infinity pool.
Castello di Naro
Situated amidst rugged and unforgiving scenery, this castle is a 1500 A.D fortress that has a structure like the bottom of the ship. Sitting proudly on a natural cliff, it is the perfect venue if you want to surprise your guests with a lesser-known part of Italy. Le Marche is a region full of artistic richness but still holds its natural authenticity.
Astapiana, Villa GiussoA lush mediterranean oasis surrounded by orchards and olive forests, this wonderful historic property dates back to 1600 A.D. The view from above is a feast for the eyes and the terrace, with a mediterranean smell, is perfect for a civil ceremony overlooking the Sorrento’s bay.
Castello di Titignano
This tranquil medieval village often goes unnoticed because it is completely immersed with nature. Titignano Castle is easy to get to and a great venue for your destination wedding with a view. It has a famous viewpoint over a perfect scoop of the Valley, looking down towards glistening Corbara Lake.
Villa Vistarenni is a historic villa immersed in the beautiful Chianti area. Wild nature surrounds the property and it’s situated off the main road. During your summertime dinner, you can admire the sunset over the hills, and revel in the sound of silence and the unique view. for free.
Agriturismo Via della stella
The traditional Italian “Agriturismo via della stella” is one of our more recent discoveries. It is an ancient family-run farm converted into an agriturismo. Found on the border between Umbria and Tuscany near the well-known city of Cortona, you can plan your intimate wedding here if you’re looking for very natural, informal event.
Nestled in the heart of Tuscany, near the village of Pienza, is Dimora Buonriposo. This is a well-maintained country estate with a sophisticated touch in terms of furniture and details. It is built at the top of a hill and is surrounded not just by vineyards and orchards but also fields full of olives, alfalfa and medicinal herbs.
Tenuta di casa Bruciata
Casa Bruciata is a classic Umbria Agriturismo. You arrive on a winding road through woodland rich in flora and fauna, and for few miles, you will be surrounded by wild animals in their natural habitat. Both the terrace and porch have exposure to the green Umbria forests. This area is perfect for an intimate ceremony of up to 80-100 guests.
When you think about Tuscany with its rolling landscapes, driveways lyned by cypresses you’ve probably in mind the Val D’Orcia territory. From the Villa Corsano you can enjoy a superb panorama and you can exchange vows overlooking Le Crete Senesi now a UNESCO world heritage site.
Villa Cimbrone is a charming boutique hotel in Ravello, known worldwide for its museum garden with the ruins of an ancient roman villa that you can visit all year round. Meeting point of many of the most important public figures as artists, literati and aristrocratic groups, it offers one of the most spiritual views of the sea that you could ever imagine. The infinity terrace is the ideal place for well-dressed outdoor ceremonies, romantic dinners or unforgettable aperitifs imbued with the scent of the sea.
Casale Del Polline
A large ancient farm, Casale del Polline dates back to 1900 A.D. It has an incredible viewpoint over the moody, atmospheric Bracciano Lake.Open only for weddings, you can use the magical spaces in a very creative way, from the wide park and the porch to the wide platform in front of the tiny catholic church.
Petritoli holds a little piece of my heart. It’s a small medieval village in le Marche territory, perched on a hill surrounded by unspoilt countryside that runs into the adriatic sea. If you get married here, forget the car! You can plan the ceremony in the town hall with a magnificent view over the countryside or get married inside the beautiful theatre. Oh and don’t forget the dinner… dine on the main village square and venture up the stunning tower where you can admire the one-of-a-kind panoramic view.
Castello Odescalchi di Bracciano and Castello Odescalchi di Palo Iaziale
In 1693, the Duke Livio Odescalchi built the Castle of Palo (1254 A.D), and few years later, the feud of Bracciano (1470 A.D). Both of them have one thing common: an unbelievable panoramic view. The Castle of Palo has a stunning view over the sea and Bracciano Castle overlooks the magical lake. These are two of the most classy venues in Italy where you can get married with a view.
Abbazia San Pietro in Valle
If you are looking for a memorable wedding in a Abbey that dates back to 8th century, magnificiently positioned on the hillside between Spoleto and the Marmore Falls, this is the place.
You can elope / get married almost everywhere and if you are looking for a grand adventure these immersed in the unspoilt, natural environment places will make your elopement / wedding memorable for a lifetime!