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Top locations for Beach and Boat weddings in Italy

How cool and refreshing would it be to organize an Italian ‘water wedding’? After all, water is the elixir of life, and tying the knot by the beach or on a lake is simply one of the most romantic and panoramic experiences that a couple can live!

Here is a selection of some of our favorite Italian wedding spots by the water! Top locations for beach and boat wedding in Italy!

 

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Wedding on Lake Garda

Lake District (Lombardy, Veneto, Trentino Algo Adige)

The Italian Lake district has inspired a generation of poets: the lakes of Garda, Maggiore, Como, Lugano, Iseo, Orta, Varese and Monate are an all-time favorite and perfect location for romantic weddings.

In particular, Lake Garda is a jewel full of history and surprises: Salò and its charming bay, the medieval Scaliger Castle in Malcesine, the breathtaking Sirmione… Everywhere you turn, you find Roman and Longobard ruins, ancient walls, aristocratic villas, all of which give a magical feel to the area. If you would rather think and act outside the box, why not organize your wedding on a boat right on the lake? And not just any boat. For example, you could choose a period sailing ship from the early 1920’s, which has survived two world wars and has been restored to its splendor in a stylish way!

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Wedding at Argentario, Tuscany

Argentario (Tuscany)

Wild Mediterranean nature, dramatic cliffs and crystal-clear waters: the Argentario offers this scenery for your Italian seaside wedding. The most iconic hotel in the area, Il Pellicano, overlooks a secluded bay near Porto Ercole and is a hangout for many fashionistas and artists.

If you are looking for a hip and chic location by the water, this is what you are looking for! Russian millionaires and Italian TV stars have chosen the Argentario Promontory for their special day, organizing spectacular ceremonies at exclusive villas or in the ancient Spanish forts. But the Argentario also offers a different panorama. Once an island, this promontory is today connected to the mainland through two 10-km long sand strips that have formed a lagoon. The local fauna includes pink flamingos and rare migratory birds, protected by a WWF Oasis. Inside the lagoon there is a charming little town called Orbetello. Picture your wedding at the local Tuscan-Gothic style Duomo, followed by a small cruise on the lagoon, during which your guests can savor local fish delicacies such as the famous Bottarga!

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Wedding on a gondola, Venice

Venice (Veneto)

Venice could not miss our list of Italian water weddings! The city is rich in all its aspects – art, music, culture, food, traditions; and its landscape made of elegant period buildings, bridges and reflections in the canals, simply make it a fairytale wedding location. Your wedding can take place between the sumptuous Venetian buildings and a special Gondola, embellished with hand-engraved gold decorations.

 

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Taormina and Northern Sicily

Simply breathtaking! Taormina features medieval architecture, an ancient Greek soul, Mediterranean vegetation and dramatic sea views. It is the perfect postcard.

The northern coast of Sicily also offers breathtaking sea locations. For example, Mondello, Scopello and San Vito Lo Capo are surrounded by pristine nature reserves and overlook the exotic Gulfs of Castellamare, Bonagia and Macari. Just a stone throw’s away from charming Palermo, the town of Bagheria boasts an amazing villa called Palazzo Villa Rosa. It is set within a historic Baglio (classic Sicilian building where landowners used to live).

To enjoy Sicily from sea, you can have your wedding on a super chic yacht! The number of guests is not a problem: splendid movie-style ships can carry up to 200 passengers, including en-suite cabins and fancy common areas. The warm Sicilian weather allows for this kind of experience to be organized even during winter, complete with water sports for your guests!

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Wedding in the “White City”, Ostuni Beach

Salento (Apulia)

The beautiful Salento area in southern Apulia made it to the international headlines when pop star Justin Timberlake and actress Jessica Biel. For a wedding by the water full of history and character, choose Ostuni: this hilltop citadel is regarded as an architectural jewel for its typically white-painted buildings (hence its alternative name “The White Town”), its baroque-style churches and fortified ancient walls.

The sea views from up here are mesmerizing! For a feet-in-the-sand wedding, many stylish beach clubs along the coast provide an exotic, Hawaii-style setting.

And if you want something more authentic, more typically Apulian, just a few minutes away from the sea you can celebrate your big day in a traditional Trullo, a conical dry stone hut full of history that will definitely make your wedding a memorable event!

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