How and where to elope in Italy  the complete elopement guide (2022)

Eloping in Italy

THE BIG WEDDING WASN’T FOR YOU.

THE ULTIMATE ELOPEMENT PLANNING GUIDE FOR ITALY

How and where to elope in Italy

The first steps are the most exciting, but there can be a lot to think about.

Undoubtedly Italy is one of the most sought after countries in the world for elopements, it has so much to offer and now we would see all the pros and cons and our suggestions step by step. how and where to elope in Italy

We are Patrizia & Josema , elopement photographers based in Italy, with this elopement guide we are going to give you ideas and personal suggestions for your elopment in Italy.

HOW TO ELOPE IN ITALY?

  Elopement Guide in Italy

There are endless possibilities for your big day, there are super romantic cities full of history at every corner like Rome, Venice, Florence and they are not, there are incredible landscapes like those you can find in the Dolomites or at Cinque Terre but there are also small ones authentic villages where you will lose yourself in their beauties. Yes, I want to talk to you about those lesser-known places for those looking for something totally different. do you know how and where to elope in Italy

Italy is a place where you can go hiking, as well as enjoy a boat trip or ride the vespa on the Tuscan hills! you can ride a Cinquecentro around Amalfi coast or have a pic nik in Capri beaches.

You can find so many option! For each kind of couple from the ones that loves more city and luxury solution to the ones that wanna swim, hike and have a crazy adventurous wedding.

how and where to elope in Italy

CAN FOREIGNERS MARRIED IN ITALY?

Yes, of course!

Foreigners can get married in Italy, however, there are two  documents you will need in order for your marriage to be legally binding. 

The easiest choise is to have a simbolic, beautiful and emotional ceremony.

WHAT TO DO TO GETTING MARRIED IN ITALY?

Guide to elope in Italy

If you’re planning to elope in Italy you will need your passport, birth certificate, an Nulla Osta, two witnesses and then you’ll also need to submit a declaration of intent to marry.  how and where to elope in Italy

Italy recognizes both religious and civil wedding ceremonies. For non-catholic religious weddings, a civil ceremony needs to be incorporated in order to make the marriage legal. If you’re interested in legally getting married in Italy, then you can find more information by contacting your embassy

In the case you you’re feeling overwhelmed with the steps, then you can always get married in your home country and have a symbolic ceremony in Italy. We love this idea because you both can still exchange vows and have an intimate ceremony, while not having to worry about the legality of things somewhere foreign to you. 

I can add that if you wanna do a civil wedding and not simbolic you can not do that every location you have in your mind but it has to be a ‘casa comunale’.

Some Venue are ‘casa comunale’ but mostly public lands are not casa comunale so in that case you only have a simbolic ceremony.

how and where to elope in Italy

WHERE TO ELOPE IN ITALY?

There are so many amazing places you can elope in Italy.

We want to mention some places you can elope in Italy to give you an idea of what your wedding day can look like but remember, this list is only a fraction of the places where you can plan your wedding. Just to let you know Italy has 20 regions, subdivided into 93 provinces, and further subdivided into 8,000 cities, towns, or villages. That’s a whole lot of options!

There are much more other places less turistic that we can suggest you to have an autentic italian elopement.

We are going to divide Italy in 3 part:

– Northern Italy

– Central Italy

– Southern Italy

There are location and places where the logistic and the way to travel there is much more easy, we are going to explain you everything in the next steps.

Elopement in Nothern Italy : BEST SPOTS

how and where to elope in Italy

Each area of Italy has the most famous cities and places but many others to discover.We will try to tell you about famous spots but other less known spots but just as wonderful if not more.
Certainly in lesser known places it is easier to be surrounded by fewer tourists.

 

As for northern Italy we would like to talk to you about:

 – Como Lake

 – Cinque Terre

– Colle del Nivolet

– Dolomiti

– Tre Cime di Lavaredo

– Venice

– Langhe/Piedmont

– Orta Lake

how and where to elope in Italy

If you’re looking for something more elegant and upscale, Lake Como is definitely the location for you! The lake is a whopping 145 square kilometers. Here you’ll find pretty mansions and villas right by the water, as well as luxurious resorts.

Como Lake it’s really close to Milan international Airport.

LAKE COMO ELOPEMENT – Pamela & Ryan

how and where to elope in Italy

Cinquee Terre is a long stretch of 5 towns that have colorful houses, elegant terraces, local fishing boats. It’s wonderful to have a luxury and adventurous elopement at the same time. There is a hiking trail that connect the 5 towns.

Renting an ancient wooden typical boat after the hiking will be perfect to see the sunset.

how and where to elope in Italy

Dolomiti

Have you ever considered getting married in the mountains?

The Alps are in the Northern italy and the Italian Dolomites are the post famous area! These famous mountains are extended for a big North-East area from River Adige to Piave Valley, gifting you with glacier lakes, thickly fir-ed forests, rolling green valleys and of course, dramatic ridges all around.

Luxurious ski resorts, charming towns and incredible landscapes would make a unique elopement location. Hiking trails are open all year and there are also easy place to access with a easy walk.

how and where to elope in Italy

Colle Del Nivolet

In Italy we. are full of increible beautiful mountain, mainly in the north. 

The Colle del Nivolet is in the North West in the National Park of Gran Paradiso and it’s easily accessible during summer months by walk or by car too. 

The landscapes are incredible it seems to but over the clouds.

There are so many beautiful lakes duringthe easy hiking where you can stop.

 

how and where to elope in Italy

Tre Cime di Lavaredo

We already present you Dolomites area. This is a real exteded area and Tre Cime di Lavaredo is one of the most famous spot.

You can be astonished by the landscapes here.

This place is ok for hiki lovers as well for people who doesn’t love to hike because half of the way around the Tre Cime di Lavaredo it’s really easy.

The best way is to access to rifugio Auronzo by car and then to start the experience.

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Venice

I definitely have to mention Venice, it’s a clichè but it’s also a unique wonderful city in the world.

Gothic, Byzantine and Renaissance influences dominate the streets, peppering the city with gems like St. Mark’s Basilica, the Campanile and Rialto Bridge. But don’t overlook its lesser travelled islands as well! Burano is made for photographs, brightly painted houses a vibrant backdrop.

VENICE ELOPEMENT : Ada & Marco

langhe elopement in Piedmont

Langhe / Piedmont

The Langhe is a hilly area in northern Italy between Milan and Turin.

It is famous for its wines, cheeses, and truffles. From 2014  inscribed on UNESCO‘s World Heritage list for its cultural landscapes. 

The experience you can have here is in contact with the nature but also an incredible high level food experience.

It can be compared with Tuscany.

Elopement in Central Italy : BEST SPOTS

how and where to elope in Italy

Each area of Italy has the most famous cities and places but many others to discover.We will try to tell you about famous spots but other less known spots but just as wonderful if not more.
Certainly in lesser known places it is easier to be surrounded by fewer tourists.

 

As for northern Italy we would like to talk to you about:

– Florence

– Rome

– Tuscany hills

– San Galgano Abbey

– Civita di Bagnoregio

– Waterfall del Mulino

Where to elope in Tuscany

Florence

Florence doesn’t need much of an introduction, literally an open-air museum, it is the city with the highest number of architectural outstanding sites in the whole world. Surrounded by hills with wonderful typical Tuscan little towns, in Florence and in its surrounding province you will experience a true Italian time on your elopement.

Florence it’s just perfect and small enought to walk everywhere and to have an incredible experience.

Probably our favourite city!!!

Piazza di Spagna Rome elopement

Rome

Rome is Rome! IT is the perfect place to get married if you’re looking for romance in the city. The ‘Eternal City’ is a charming one that boasts history, art, and unmatched architecture. 

The ancient historial streets, the views, the food. Everything is just perfect!

As all turistic cities our suggestion if you wanna to elope in a really turistic spot as Trevi fountain or Phanteon to do it at sunrise otherwise it will be really crowded.

Tuscany hills elopement

Tuscany hills

Just by the name Tuscany you know you can do the right choise. It can be also perfect for 2 days elopement and combine city elopement with a walk in the hills or driving a old 500. It can’t be more italian than that.

Tuscany hills are sorrunded by beautiful authentic village whereyou can get ready or have you airbnb and enjoy italian slow kind of life that you can not find in a big city.

TUSCANY ELOPEMENT : Alice & Claudio

San Galgano Abbey elopement

San Galgano Abbey

The Abbey of Saint Galgano was a Cistercian Monastery in the province of Siena, region of Tuscany.

It is probably the most famour roofless abbey at least in Europe that still stand.

The most beautiful part of the Abbey in the internal side in which the property ask for a fee to celebrate an elopement. 

Civita di Bagnoregio wedding

Civita di Bagnoregio

That’s really original place to elope in the north of Lazio region.

The only access to Civita di Bagnoregio is a footbridge from the nearby town. Due to its unstable foundation that often erodes, Civita is famously known as ‘the dying city’.

It’s an authenthic small village with a beautiful view and historical hourses and churches and you can only access by walk.

It can be also perfect for a second day elopement close to Rome.

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MULINO WATERFALL – CASCATE DEL MULINO

Le cascate del mulino is truly a unique place located in southern Tuscany, in the province of Grosseto. It is also said that the Roman army went to bathe in the waterfalls after the war.

They are also called the Saturnia waterfalls and have been declared the most beautiful spas in Italy and are also free spas.

Elopement in Southern Italy : BEST SPOTS

how and where to elope in Italy

Each area of Italy has the most famous cities and places but many others to discover.We will try to tell you about famous spots but other less known spots but just as wonderful if not more.
Certainly in lesser known places it is easier to be surrounded by fewer tourists. how and where to elope in Italy

 

As for northern Italy we would like to talk to you about:

– Capri 

– Matera

– Polignano / Apulia

– Ostuni / Apulia

– Alberobello / Apulia

– Positano/Sorrento – Amalfi Coast

– Sicily

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Capri

In the Amalfi Coast area you can find Capri island. Capri it’s in front of also weel known Positano and Sorrento. 

In Capri the beaches are pretty small so our suggestion is or to elope on the cliff, or in a private venue but the best way to enjoy the island is to rent a boat.

To arrive to Capri you may land in Napoli airport and take a boat/ferry at Napoli port that in aorund 1 hour will take you to Capri.

July and August is really crazy full of turists, we don’t suggest these months to elope here.

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Matera

Matera has gained international fame for its ancient town, the “Sassi di Matera”. The Sassi originated in a prehistoric settlement, and these dwellings are thought to be among the first ever human settlements in what is now Italy. The Sassi are habitations dug into the calcareous rock itself, which is characteristic of Basilicata and Apulia.

Polignano elopement Apulia

Polignano – Apulia

Polignano is a white small town on the Adriatic coast of Apulia. It’s authentic with incredible food and this unique beach between the two part of the town. It’s the perfect place to start also a beach/boat adventure session.

ostuni elopement

Ostuni – Apulia

The “Old Town” is Ostuni built on top of a hill and still fortified by the ancient walls. Ostuni is commonly referred to as “the White Town” for its white walls and its typically white-painted architecture.

It’s a wonderful idea to walk and live the narrow street of Ostuni and its food. The Best way to enjoy Ostuni’s sunset is from one of the rooftop where you will see the Old Town. The town is at 8km from the coast.

alberello intimate wedding

Alberobello – Apulia

Alberobello means literally ‘ beautiful tree’ and is small tour in Apulia in the Metropolitan City of Bari.

It’s really peculiar and famous for the architecture of the houses called Trulli.

The Trulli of Alberobello have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996.

ALBEROBELLO ELOPEMENT : Mary & Giacomo

ITALIAN SEASONS: When to elope in Italy?

If you have never been to Italy you should know that we are in a Mediterranean climate. Our peninsula has 4 seasons and we will tell you the pros and cons of deciding to get married in every season.
Even if subjectively there are no seasons better than others as there are couples who love the heat and spouses who dream of snow we can tell you that indicatively in the climate that you find in Italy in the first room, at the beginning and at the end of summer and at the early autumn is the mildest.
As Italy extends from north to south there are several differences between one area and another, for example at the end of October in Puglia and Sicily there are still very hot days normally in the north this does not happen.

In case you are not a snow lover and even less a crowd of people, the best months to get married in Italy are March, April, May and September and October.

SPRING & FALL

The best months of all are April, May, late September and October. These are months in which the climate is mild and it tends to be not rainy. In spring you can find super flowery and wonderfully colored areas while in autumn to October the colors of the foliage will leave you speechless. In addition, in these months you will also find the most touristy areas that are not too crowded. March and November in southern Italy it is very easy to experience beautiful sunny days while in the north it will certainly be colder.

Rome Elopement

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AUTUMN

Autumn is a wonderful season in Italy where you can enjoy incredible colors. Undoubtedly the first weeks of autumn will still find mild temperatures and sunny days. The most famous spots can still be crowded and definitely not like in the summer.

WINTER

Winter in Italy, especially in the north, can reach low temperatures while cities like Rome, Naples or the whole south can enjoy sunny days. If you love adventures, snow and whitewashed breathtaking views is the perfect season to enjoy the alps.

how and where to elope in Italy

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GET MARRIED /ELOPE IN ITALY?

Elopement exactly as wedding can be simple or with a lot of flowers and details in an incredible historical location privatized for you. There are no rules about what you have or what you don’t have to do during you elopement. These are some examples of the costs of and elopement in Italy.

HIGH-END ELOPEMENT

  • marriage fee $ 150
  • flights for 2 $ 1200
  • location permit $ 0/ $ 2000
  • 3 night 4/5 stars hotel $ 1500
  • photographer full day $ 7000
  • dress and bride details $ 4000
  • hair and make up $ 400
  • bouquet $ 300
  • floral decoration $ 1000
  • suit and groom details $ 1500
  • private tour and guide $ 500
  • luxury dinner/lunch $ 600
  • officiant $ 400
  • TOTAL: $ 20.550

MID-END ELOPEMENT

  • marriage fee $ 150
  • flights for 2 $ 1200
  • location permit $ 0
  • 3 night 3 stars hotel/airbnb $ 500
  • photographer half day $ 3500
  • dress and bride details $ 2500
  • hair and make up $ 400
  • bouquet $ 200
  • suit and groom details $ 1000
  • elopement dinner/lunch $ 300
  • officiant $ 300
  • TOTAL: $ 10.500

LOW-END ELOPEMENT

  • simbolic wedding $ 0
  • flights for 2 $ 1200
  • location permit $ 0
  • 3 night at simple airbnb $ 300
  • photographer $ 2000
  • dress and bride details $ 500
  • hair and make up $ 0 by yourself
  • bouquet $ 100
  • suit and groom details $ 400
  • TOTAL: $ 4.500

FUN ACTIVITIES TO CONSIDER FOR YOUR ELOPEMENT IN ITALY

vespa ride elopement fun idea

  • Admire Rome / Venice / Florence / Milan from a Rooftop during the aperitivo
  • Rent a old Vespa to ride around Tuscany Hills or Langhe
  • Relax in hot spring in Tuscany or Notherm Lazio
  • Take a Gondola in Venice
  • Book sunset Boat Tour at Como Lake/ Cinque Terre/ Amalfi Coast
  • Hike Sentiero degli Dei
  • Skiing in the Dolomites
  • Rent a boat in Braies Lake
  • Wine taste Tour in Tuscany or Piedmont
  • Eat Pizza in Napoli

boat ride Italian elopement

FIRST STEP TO ORGANIZE YOUR ELOPEMENT IN ITALY

  1. Book your flight
  2.       Google Flight
  3.        Sky scanner
  4. Book your Airbnb/Hotel
  5. Make your inspiration elopement board
  6. Start contacting vendors

BONUS SUGGESTION: CHOOSE A COMFORTABLE OUTFIT

Choose the outfit you love but be smart about it! If you are wanting be out in the nature or in the city center all day wear comfrotable shoes! We always suggest to our couples to bring a nice pair of shoes but also to have something to change with. You can totally wear a classic wedding dress but some couple want to wear something more casual. Wear everything you feel is your self!

 

ARE YOU READY FOR AN ELOPEMENT EXPERIENCE IN ITALY LIKE NO OTHER?

We are Patrizia and Josema, a wife and husband elopement photographers team. We love elopements and we also elope in November 2021.

We would love to  inspires, encourages, and empowers couples to push traditional boundaries and create experiences they’ll remember forever.

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