Planning a destination wedding is not an easy task. When you aren’t from the area, or if you have never visited the location you are booking, it can be quite nerve-wracking and intimidating. The listings that you find here on Venuelust are the best of the best. They have been vetted by our experts. This means that you not only get a great venue, you will also be certain that the support staff and planners will be able to handle whatever requests you might have. The four places we are about to mention are the "best of the best" when it comes to wedding venues in Italy.
Castello Di Vicarello, Grosseto
Castello Di Vicarello in Grosseto, Tuscany, offers incredible views of one of the most romantic destinations in all of Italy. The castle is over 800 years old. It now houses a luxury boutique hotel. The hotel has seven suites, which makes it the perfect size for a small intimate wedding with your family and closest friends.
Each suite is completely unique. The two-level one-bedroom Giardino Segreto suite is the perfect place to stay for your wedding and honeymoon. Castello Di Vicarello can accommodate a wedding party of up to 100 guests, but additional guests will need to book nearby accommodations in Tuscany.
Your guests can enjoy the wedding weekend with a bit of pampering at the wellness center, which has a sauna, steam bath and massage treatments. They can also take a swim at the pool and a stroll through the gardens, and they can savor amazingly-fresh Tuscan-style meals.
Borgo Finocchieto, Siena
This 800-year-old village is simply perfect for a destination wedding in Italy. With 22 suites available exclusively to you and your wedding party, you will have an extremely high level of privacy.
Your reception can be hosted in the formal dining room of the main house, or you can have an outdoor reception on the terrace with an incomparable view of Tuscany as your backdrop.
When not taking part in the wedding festivities, guests can read in the library, enjoy a wine tasting, watch a movie in the screening room or even take cooking classes at the property's kitchen. The grounds are filled with attractions as well: gardens, a swimming pool, tennis and bocce ball courts, a spa and a fitness center.
Monaci delle Terre Nere, Sicily
The property can accommodate a reception of up to 200 guests. However there are only 19 suites on site. Many of the suites come with private terraces and outdoor hot tubs.
With so many activities to pursue on Monaci's grounds and in the surrounding Sicilian landscapes, guests will hardly notice that their rooms do not have a televisions. You can wine and dine them with a private wine tasting at the poolside bar and treat them to a dinner with all fresh ingredients that were grown onsite. The organic farm on the property produces olives, wine grapes, fruits and herbs.
On warm days, an outdoor yoga or pilates class can be the perfect way to decompress. A playground is available for families with small children. Other outdoor activities include walking on the nature trails surrounding the property and watching an outdoor movie as part of Monaci's summer movie series.
La Bandita, Pienza
There are eight rooms at La Bandita. These include modern furnishings, organic toiletries, air conditioning and entertainment systems. The infinity pool overlooks a gorgeous Tuscan valley. La Bandita also provides mountain bikes, so you and your guests can escape and explore the nearby towns.
Bandita's onsite concierge can assist you with anything that you may need, including hiring local transportation, making reservations and buying tickets. While the breakfast here is complementary, you can also hire a chef to cook all the meals for you and your guests. La Bandita can similify your destination wedding plans with a three-day inclusive weekend wedding package.
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